U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Friday that there is little hope that Florida can come up with a plan to regain $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, and Miami had formed a coalition to accept the funds that Gov. Rick Scott rejected. Federal regulators said the cities could apply for the funds but they would be required to team up with a partner such as Amtrak to qualify for the money.

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