In the five or so years I have lived in Tampa Bay, I have driven to Orlando three times. Never to visit The Mouse, or any of the parks. As far as I can tell, there aren't a lot of tourists plying their way between Tampa and Orlando, and anyone headed this way would be heading for the beaches - definitely not Tampa.
I am really tempted to push a state initiative to forbid the spending of any state funds on high speed rail. The state has problems. This isn't one of them.
The money delivered by President Barack Obama last week in Tampa should have come with a note: “Here's a gift from Uncle Sam. Now go build yourselves something you can't possibly afford to operate.”