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Florida HSR viability linked to commuter line

The Orlando Sentinel story makes sense of a somewhat complex local issue. One thing is sure, Florida will only grow and that Tampa-Orlando link is a highway to hell.

he proposed high-speed rail train that would link Orlando with Lakeland and Tampa will never happen if the planned SunRail commuter train through Central Florida is killed in the state Senate, mass-transit supporters said Tuesday.

“It’s a double whammy,” said Florida High Speed Rail Authority Chairman Lee Chira.

Chira told the Orange County Commission his venture needs “connectivity” — a hook-up with SunRail — to be successful.

Of course, we would never want good public policy or sensible transportation planning to get in the way of greedy special interests.

The Fox 35 in Orlando also covered the story with some excellent input.

High Speed Rail

Funding is available, but support

Last Edited: Tuesday, 07 Apr 2009, 9:14 PM EDT
Created On: Tuesday, 07 Apr 2009, 9:14 PM EDT

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – While money is available for high speed rail , public support may be wavering, according to Orange County officials. On Tuesday, Orange County commissioners were briefed on the viability of such a rail project.

Consultants estimate that the rail line would bring approximately 15,000 jobs to Central Florida and the recently-passed stimulus package promises about $8 million in federal funds. In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation has approved spending for the project.

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