Evaluation of the economic viability of narrow-gauge local rail systems

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infrastructure - track, economics - appraisal/evaluation, mode - rail


Florida, Narrow gage track, Rail transit, Railroads, Trolley cars


The purpose of this project is to investigate and determine whether narrow-gauge local rail is a viable transportation alternative in Florida. A number of proposals for transit greenways have been developed for various communities throughout Florida. One component of transit greenways is a small-scale rail trolley (without catenary and noise) that would run parallel with a pedestrian path at a low rate of speed (10-15 mph). This would enable convenient access to and from the trolley at any point along its path, without the need for designated stops.