Western coalition, Florida, Canada eye high-speed rail funds:

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has formally requested that the U.S. Transportation Department approve the state's application to develop high-speed rail, while a coalition of five Western cities has united to fight for federal funding for a high-speed rail feasibility study. High-speed rail excitement has spread north of the border as well, attracting the attention of Canadian politicians who want to link Niagara with a proposed high-speed railway in New York.

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