A second top state transportation manager has quit in the wake of Gov. Rick Scott's decision to scuttle the high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa.
Kevin Thibault, who also ran Florida's Turnpike, resigned Tuesday, effective May 6. Thibault was the top Florida Department of Transportation manager over the $2.7 billion high-speed train that Scott rejected, calling it "ObamaRail."
Last month, Nazih Haddad, who been involved in the state's high-speed efforts for more than 20 years, quit effective May. 2. He is taking a job in Qatar to oversee construction of a rail system in time for the 2022 World Cup there.
Thibault, who could not be reached, wrote in an email to his staff that he was leaving to pursue "a new career opportunity," according to Turnpike spokeswoman Christa Deason.
FDOT has been without a top administrator since Stephanie Kopelousos left in January. Scott, who did not rehire Kopelousos, has not appointed a successor.
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