It is, of course, essential Rick Scott lore that our budget-cutting governor nixed a federally funded high-speed rail project because it used too much taxpayer money. As little sense as that move made, the governor has always been clear that he favors private enterprise over the government providing... well, anything.
By connecting the most visited city in the United States with South Florida's business and vacation destinations, the passenger rail project, called All Aboard Florida, is designed to serve Florida's growing number of business travelers, as well as families and tourists traveling for pleasure.
By adding an entirely new travel choice, the All Aboard Florida passenger rail service will provide a high‐quality experience for travelers. The system will include business‐ and coach‐class service with advance purchase reserved seating, gourmet meals, Wi‐Fi, and the ability to work productively throughout the entire trip. In addition, stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando mean convenient transfers to Metrorail, Metromover or SunRail, allowing passengers to reach their final destination.FECI began a feasibility analysis for the project several months ago. Additionally, an investment grade ridership study and engineering work to design the system are underway. Today's announcement marks the beginning of working in depth with local, state and federal officials, as well as the communities along the route.
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