- Local leaders are already working on bringing a commuter rail to Central Florida.
Now the Sunshine State is competing against 10 other states to bring Floridians a high speed rail.
The best part is it won't cost you a dime.
Thats because the stimulus money would not require a local match.
We were looking for commuter rail. We might end up with high speed rail, said Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal. Its follow the money when the federal government offers money you take it.
Commissioner Segal has been in support of the rail projects.
The commuter rail will be funded by $1.5 million dollars of federal money but now Central Florida is in a good position to grab an even bigger chunk of federal dough through the stimulus package. That money would go to build the high speed rail.
They have to move fast and beat out other states.
Segal believes Florida is ahead of the game because Orange County has already done studies on environmental impact and roadway alignments.
The high speed rail would trace the Beachline from Orlando International Airport to Orange County Convention Center and then to Walt Disney World.
Its a small area to start but it could expand to Miami and Tampa.
Commissioner Segal wants the Orange County Commissioners to be briefed on the high speed rail project. Once that happens the Florida high speed rail authority will make its move to find a vendor.