BRADENTON, Fla. — Crews this week began geotechnical and survey work on the first phase of Florida’s $2.6 billion high-speed rail project from Tampa to Orlando, which is set to be built in the median of Interstate 4.

During a briefing in Tampa Monday, state Department of Transportation officials told federal lawmakers that the process to select a public-private partnership to design, build, operate, maintain, and finance the first phase of the state’s high-speed rail system is expected to begin in November.

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