BRADENTON, Fla. — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is urging U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve Florida’s application for high-speed rail funding now that lawmakers have passed a statewide rail policy and funding bill.

That comprehensive bill passed in a special session of the Legislature, which culminated last week. In addition to designating a formal agency and appointed commission to oversee publicly developed rail projects, it provided dedicated funding sources for existing and new rail projects.

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