ORLANDO (CBS4) – Orlando’s future commuter rail system comes one step closer to completion Monday as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood takes part in a signing ceremony for SunRail.

LaHood, along with Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, will sign the SunRail Full Funding Grant Agreement at the site of Florida Hospital’s future SunRail stop in downtown Orlando.

About half of the $1.3 billion SunRail project is to be funded by the federal government; the rest will come from the state and local governments.

The rail would connect downtown Orlando with Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. It is expected to be finished in 2014.

Gov. Rick Scott approved SunRail earlier this month after initially voicing concerns about its feasibility and cost. His go-ahead was anything but a sure thing. Shortly after taking office, Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed train line from Orlando to Tampa.

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  1. Just wondering if Scott and the state legislature will add any anti-gay, anti-abortion and family values language to this project. They could ban gays from working on the project. They could also ban any women who have visited planned parenthood within the last 30 years…They can aslo require services by a priest every half hour thanking GOD for allowing this project to move forward.

    Maybe Scott and the elected political hacks don’t realize this project might actually create jobs, unless of course they plan on just hiring their own family members.

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