Castor confirms Obama visit will address high-speed rail

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 10:37am EST  |  Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 2:00am

The worst kept secret about why President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are visiting Tampa Thursday has been confirmed by Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

Castor, D-Tampa, said in a release Wednesday the president and vice president will announce a “monumental” jobs initiative involving the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $8 billion in high-speed rail grants.

“President Obama wants to increase the pace of recovery,” Castor said in a release. “Creation of thousands of jobs for Floridians will accelerate better times in Florida. Construction workers will be needed to build rail lines. Engineers will be needed to lay the groundwork. Operations and maintenance workers will be needed to keep the line running smoothly. The ripple effect cannot be understated.”

Obama and Biden are speaking at the University of Tampa Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public with a limited number of tickets becoming available Wednesday afternoon.

Castor will travel with the president on Air Force One from Washington to Tampa for the town hall event, and said she has been making a case for Florida families and businesses with the White House for the past year.

“Our neighbors and Florida businesses who are hired for these jobs will invest in our hometowns,” Castor said. “They will buy homes. They will help our economy.”

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