Florida high speed rail proposal may get back on tracks

With indications from the Obama team that a stimulus package will put resources towards infrastructure projects, there is new hope in Florida that the on-again, off-again, high speed rail proposal might find new life

In 2000 Florida voters approved initial funding for a high speed rail system that would have run from Tampa to Orlando, with later expansions to St. Petersburg, Miami, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola.  But in 2004, with support of then Gov. Jeb Bush, the project was overturned by voters. 

However, supporters of the project feel that given the new political landscape, support for the system might be sufficient to get the project back on track.  The Florida high speed rail proposal, along with other proposals for the Midwest, Texas, and the plan recently approved by California voters, might represent the dawn of a new era of efficient public transit in our country.

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  1. Carlton Wells says:

    I think a high speed rail project and the final result would greatly improve the commuting situation in florida. I previously worked in orlando but lived in Jacksonville, and it was a pain with the traffic between the two cities.

    I now work in Tampa and still live in Jacksonville, It would be nice to have an option of making the commute via train rather then car each week.

    • You really think so Carlton? Let me tell you something. I live in Fern Park, subdivision of Casselberry. The proposed rail goes right over 436 and Red Bug Lake Road. Don’t know if you have been in this area but that’s all residential and stores right there!

      • And? Every modern and traditional rail has had to go through some residential area somewhere. Its called the greater good. Nothing against you but thats just how the system works. Traffic kills people. Literally. A train coming through a residential area is statistically safer than a highway or major road. So no matter what you feel, logic would dictate a line is a more efficient answer.

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