Alex Sink, Florida's elected chief financial officer who is running for governor in 2010, on Monday urged Federal Railroad Administration head Joseph Szabo to consider the state's request for $2.6 billion to develop a high-speed rail corridor between Tampa and Orlando.

Szabo has been among the federal officials stressing that Florida needed to step up to the plate to strengthen its own efforts for existing and new rail programs. Lawmakers passed a statewide rail policy and funding bill in a special session that ended last week.

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