[QUOTE=Soundgod;1056577]If it gets cancelled, it won’t be the first time.
In the 2000 we had a constitutional amendment that was approved by voters to fund high speed rail in Florida. By 2004, the (Jeb) Bush administration and the Republican leadership decided that Florida didn’t need high speed rail and that the constitutional amendment had to be repealed.
Well, they got enough votes to kill the train once. I see it as only a matter of time before it is killed again.[/quote]
Rick Scott is already moving to kill it.
How come, other than the Northeast Corridor, the United States can’t be like the other most developed nations in the world and have high speed rail?
FL doesn’t have the density to support it. Tri-Rail takes you where? Mostly empty fields with parking lots. They didn’t even have the sense to connect it wholly to the T-Rex office park in Boca.
The NE Corridor really needs a major upgrade of it rail infrastructure and I think it could support the added cost. There is no ROI ever in a place like FL without forcing people into higher density living which I don’t see happening.
Buses don’t work that well in downtown Orlando where you have the density. Will a train do any better that makes people walk even further (in the heat, humidity, or torrent down pour)
For most trips a high speed train will beat the plane when you factor in all the extra time to trek to and from the outlying airport two hours before your flight and then wait for your baggage on the other end, plus the ever increasing invasion of privacy in the form of security checks, and it’s a lot more comfortable too.
For driving this is only true if you start timing from when you get on the train to when you get off the train. You will have to drive to the train station, find parking, go through security (it is coming and will get tighter if more people ride), wait for the train to leave the station (timing issue you better be luck if you sit down right when it leaves), the HSR is capable of high speed but US rail regulations cap rail speed I think at 95mph, station stops, the arrive, now you have to get transportation to your final destination.
Then you have the cost of riding which for the trip to tampa and back I could fill my car up twice (I can get there and back on less then a half a tank) and pay for an oil change. And the estimates I have seen I could drive to tampa and be almost home by the time the train arrived in tampa (if car me and train me left the house at the same time under optimal condition).
Like I said before I would love to have HSR but it makes no economic sense. It is a nice thing we can’t currently afford to build or afford at this point to keep running.