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Florida SunRail

The SunRail is something many taxpayers have been begging for. Finally Florida got the federal approval to connect Orlando and Tampa with a high-speed train. And now our new governor is thinking about canceling the project.

Read this article:
SunRail Article

So, loss of thousands of jobs and growth between cities -not to mention all the new buyers moving to this area that would pump up our local real estate market. Why wouldn't we build this?!

What are your thoughts?
  • March 21 2011 - Orlando
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Possibly because there are virtually no examples of commuter rail anywhere that are not an ongoing financial burden to taxpayers. Look no further than tri rail in South Florida to see what government ridership and revenue estimates vs. reality did to the taxpayers in that region. Multi-million dollar taxpayer funded deficits from here to eternity, and growing.

If high speed rail was viable, the private sector would compete to serve these consumers. Just like the airlines. The demand is simply not there.
  • March 21 2011
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Mitch, theory and reality are not always the same.

I like the idea of convenience of someone else driving, but I believe the dynamics of the rail were proposed by someone not from our area. I found that the placement and implementation to be poorly planned. 

I just fail to see how people will get to the station / pick up points for the rail, then once downtown or actually near downtown how they will get to where they want to go. Orlando is not set up for 1 convenient drop off point that gets you 50% of the places many go and we do not have a good use of other public transportation or car service. These items should be put into the mix and have the system revamped with examples of how the common person would employ the new system.

Until this is done, this is just a temporary free ride from Uncle Sam that takes us all the way to the destination then asks us to pick up the tab after we arrive. I think the money could have been escrowed until we figure this part out, I would like to make the system work but there are just to many variables that didn't work compared to those that did. Simply saying someone else is paying for it, (with the money we loaned them) doesn't work for me.


Just my opinion..
  • March 22 2011
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This is called politics!

The fool running the state of Florida is a Republican and Republicans in general want control, much like Democrats do when Republicans are in power.  Therefore, doing what's right, will often be trumped by doing what's convenient to retain your base and stay in office.

Scott is a politician, not a leader, therefore expecting him to do the right thing is asking far too much of someone who puts self interest ahead of the people he represents.

Hopefully, those that voted for him, particularly in the Orlando-Tampa corridor will have second thoughts, the next time he runs for office.  

 
  • March 23 2011
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