The State of Florida is moving forward with high-speed rail plans, this time with the full support of the governor. In its bid, the state is asking for $2.53 billion, just over a quarter of what the feds have set aside for such initiatives. While we, and others, have reported some skepticism on Florida’s ability to be selected, today’s Herald article paints a positive picture for the auto dependent state. For the more wonky among us, you may read the state’s application here.
Charlie Christ had this to say about the plan: ”We are very excited about the potential for passenger rail service in the state. We believe these projects will enhance the transportation choices of our growing resident and visitor populations.”
At present, a segment from Tampa to Orlando would comprise the first phase, at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The second phase would then connect Orlando to Florida’s east coast, and on down to Interstate 95 to terminate at the Miami new Intermodal Center. This segment would cost another $8 billion, putting the total somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 billion, or $5 billion more than the Stat’es orignal plan in the late 1990’s. The message? If we don’t build it now, its only going to cost more later.
Good luck Florida. This important project would be a real game-changer for a state that is so lacking in its existing rail service.
“At a length of nearly 19 km, the Canada Line will be an automated rapid transit rail service connecting Downtown Vancouver with central Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport — linking growing residential, business, health care, educational and other centres in the region — and adding transit capacity equivalent to 10 major road lanes. The Canada Line will connect with existing rapid transit lines at Waterfront Station and major east-west transit services, creating an enhanced transit network to serve the region in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The line is expected to carry 100,000 passengers per day at launch and 142,000 passengers by 2021. Travel times southbound from downtown Vancouver will be 25 minutes to Richmond Centre and 26 minutes to the airport terminus. Northbound, trains will leave Richmond City Centre and YVR every six minutes heading to Vancouver. The departures will be coordinated to allow for a train every three minutes on the main line in Vancouver.”
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