February 21, 2009

Florida High Speed Rail Authority to Reconvene

Now that President Obama has signed a stimulus package that includes about $8 billion in funding for high speed rail, it looks like the dormant Florida High Speed Rail Authority will reconvene for the first time since 2005. They're actually having a meeting on February 26th at the Orlando International Airport. Alas it's during business hours, so I can't attend.

The proposed Orlando to Tampa route has a lot going for it as most of the advanced planning is done including environmental studies and station locations. Plus it could bolster one of the last strong economies the US has going for it right now, tourism.

Even if we don't get a large enough portion to build a bullet train or (real) high speed rail line with this package, It's clear that the President's priorities include finding more mass transit in the future. So it's a good idea to get the ball rolling again now. So let's hope Governor Crist gets down on his high horse and does what's right for Florida.

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