14 Aug '12, 1am

100 MPH Passenger Train to Link Miami and Orlando—With No Government Funds

100 MPH Passenger Train to Link Miami and Orlando—With No Government Funds

All Aboard Florida /Promo image The Sunshine state is about to get a $1 billion, 320-mile, privately financed passenger rail line that will connect two of its most popular tourist destinations and business hubs: Orlando and Miami. Florida East Coast Industries, the company spearheading the project, has announced that the trains—which will top out at 100 mph and won't quite qualify as high speed—should be running by 2014. FECI estimates that the rail line will take 3 million cars off the road every year. It wasn't so long ago that Florida Governor Rick Scott notoriously denied his state $2.4 billion in federal stimulus funding for a high speed rail line that would link Tampa, Orlando, and Miami. He claimed that the state couldn't afford to pick up the slack in completing the project, but the whole affair was pretty clearly politically motivated: Recall that during the 2010 ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/100-mph-p...

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