On Tuesday morning Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, expressed support for the project to the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission, which was holding a meeting at the Florida Department of Transportation offices in downtown Jacksonville. #

Mica, who has been skeptical about the project in the past, met Monday with Gov. Rick Scott, who along with Senate President Mike Haridopolos has expressed interest in attracting private funds and doubts about using state money. #

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