Title

FLORIDA HIGH-SPEED RAIL: AN AMBITIOUS PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1989

Subject Area

operations - traffic, planning - environmental impact, land use - impacts, policy - environment, mode - rail

Keywords

Transportation corridors, Traffic corridors, Ridership, Private sector, Private enterprise, Patronage (Transit ridership), Models, Mathematical models, Joint use, High speed trains, High speed rail, Funding, Florida, Financing, Environmental impacts, Environmental effects, Corridors (Transportation)

Abstract

It is noted that by 2000, 40 million annual trips will be generated in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Tampa corridor in Florida, and that high speed rail (HSR) is a technology capable of helping to meet this transportation need. This article discusses the environmental impact issues of HSR. In an effort to make ridership forecasts for the HSR, surveys were made at various transportation terminals to develop a forecasting model based on Florida data. The findings of the study are presented. Florida's HSR will be financed, built, and operated by the private sector, with the state providing incentives in the form of expedited and coordinated development rights, existng publicly owned right-of-way, and possibly revenue bonding authority. The success of the HSR will depend on the ability to meet financing requirements through joint land-use develpoment rights tied to HSR franchise.

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