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O’Malley asks for rail money rejected by Florida

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley says if Florida doesn’t want $2.4 billion in federal rail funding, Maryland could use it.

O’Malley wrote a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday to let him know Maryland could use any money rejected by other states.

The Maryland governor’s letter comes after Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week rejected $2.4 billion in dedicated federal money, or about 90 percent of the cost for a high-speed rail line from Orlando to Tampa, in part because he doubted the train service would pay for itself once completed.

O’Malley wrote LaHood that transportation infrastructure projects, including passenger rail, offer a path to economic recovery and a stronger, more competitive future.


  1. I can just see where all that money would go IF O’Malley gets his hands on (and his Buddies). My guess is ” The General Fund ” where all revenue that has been in the past designated for specific uses has gone so The Boys can squander it on their individual and collective Pet Projects

  2. I applaud O’Malley for this move. If dumb @ss Republican governors want to reject funds designed to create jobs in their states then Democratic governors should have the right to bid for those funds