Monday, May 5, 2008

Central Florida Commuter Rail

You may have noticed in the Orlando Sentinel over the weekend that the Florida Legislature did not approve the necessary funding for Commuter Rail in Central Florida. While there still seems to be a glimmer of hope from Senator Mica's address this afternoon things still appear dim. Having for a time been subjected to the commute on I-4 from Deltona and now working on a station design for Orange County I have been following these events closely. I for one would be very disappointed if this does not happen for our region. Let us know your thoughts on commuter rail.


Anonymous said...

I really thought it was going to happen this time. very sad :(
Is Orlando doomed to remain bland, traffic-choked suburbia?

what more can people do when our votes don't count?

YAFdirector said...

It would seem that our local politicans were unaware of the fact that the trial lawyer lobby was going to fight this so hard. Another reason that trial lawyers get a bad wrap.

Archrise said...

Hey Orlando YAFers,

I just heard about this. I am extremely disappointed in Orlando's continued non commitment to its own future.

As far as trial lawyers getting a bad wrap, stereotypes are based on reality. Completely ridiculous.

Anonymous said...


Progress in developing a central Florida COMMUTER RAIL system (using existing CSX railroad tracks) suffered a major setback during the recent legislative session. State leaders rejected a CSX provision that would have exempted the railroad company from liability for commuter rail accidents that occur on the tracks. Federal, state and local government proponents for the long-sought rail system are pledging to reserve funds that have been set aside for the project, thus allowing it to move forward once the obstacle is resolved.

… The rail eventually will extend from Poinciana near Kissimmee to DeLand. Construction of the first phase is planned to be underway soon, connecting DeBary with downtown Orlando.

… Meanwhile, many local governments with planned stations along the rail are studying potential land use changes and future “smart growth” communities surrounding the stations. In Volusia, a public workshop (to discuss land uses surrounding the future DeBary and Deland stations) is scheduled for June 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the county administration center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

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