Published: Oct 25, 2010 6:20 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 25, 2010 3:18 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The federal government has given Florida another $800 million to build a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

The grant announced Monday brings total federal funding to $2 billion.

President Barack Obama came to Tampa in January to announce $8 billion in stimulus awards for rail projects nationally including $1.25 billion for the Florida route.

The new money is not stimulus but comes from $2.5 billion that Congress put in the Department of Transportation's budget for high-speed rail.

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said he expects the state to get the remaining $300 million in federal money it needs next year. The project will total $2.6 billion including about the state's contribution.President Barack Obama came to Tampa in January to announce $8 billion in stimulus awards for rail projects nationally including $1.25 billion for the Florida route.

The new money is not stimulus but comes from $2.5 billion that Congress put in the Department of Transportation's budget for high-speed rail.

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said he expects the state to get the remaining $300 million in federal money it needs next year. The project will total $2.6 billion including about the state's contribution.