WASHINGTON — States officials are eyeing $2.4 billion of federal high-speed rail money that was allocated for Florida, but is now up for grabs after Gov. Rick Scott effectively ended the state’s project by rejecting the funding earlier this month.

Ten U.S. senators, representing Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter sent to him Monday that the federal government has been stingy in its high-speed rail funding for the Northeast Corridor. The senators argued that Northeast states have about one-fifth of the country’s population, yet they have received less than 2% of the $10.5 billion in federal funding for high speed rail.

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