BRADENTON, Fla. — Four Florida cities that tried to take control of the planned high-speed rail project from Tampa to Orlando will be allowed to apply for the $2.4 billion of federal funds that Gov. Rick Scott has rejected for the plan, according to Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced late Friday that his agency will use a competitive merit-driven process to select applicants with high-speed rail projects to receive the $2.4 billion originally awarded to Florida. Applications for the funds are due April 4.

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