Tired of traffic congestion and ready for a new way to travel the state, voters in 2000 decided that Florida needs a high speed rail system.
What they might not have realized is that their vote would commit the state to what could be a $22 billion project.
But that doesn't matter now. The voters spoke, the bullet train is in the constitution and the state needs to start paying for the project by November of 2003, despite a looming budget crunch.
Florida legislators think the outcome of the high-speed rail amendment, which passed with a 53 percent majority, might have been different if a price tag had been attached. They want voters in the future to get an idea of how costly a …