I was truly hoping that the federal stimulus would be able to bring high speed rail, or at least something close to it, to Florida. Unfortunately, this article from the Lakeland Ledger pretty much sums up the gloomy future….
In other words, high speed rail in Florida is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, and not by a long shot. If Florida gets ANY funding towards rail from the stimulus, the best thing that could happen is a shared passenger rail line from Tampa to Orlando, and maybe down to Miami. That’s right, just the same ol’ rail line that is currently used by CSX, which then brings up the liability issue and yada, yada. So in conclusion, we’re back to square one….hoping that Pam Iorio will be able to bring light rail to Tampa to alas, spark passenger rail transit in Florida.