In what may seem an about face from an earlier stand, Gov. Rick Scott is pledging to spend up to $215 million on rail in the Orlando area.

Scott rejected a high-speed rail project three years ago. That $2.4-billion federally-funded grant would have built a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

At the time, the governor argued he did not want to put state taxpayers on the hook if the project went south.

This week, Scott announced a project to build a transportation hub that would link Orlando International Airport by rail to central Florida's Sunrail commuter rail line.

Officials said the current project doesn't have much in common with the big-ticket rail project that was shot down in 2011.

Scott said he believes the Legislature will approve the project because it will create jobs and increase tourism.