The State of Florida Senate passed the rail bill, complete with funding for tri-rail ($15-17 million), funding for Sun-Rail, and the establishment of the State Rail Enterprise to manage regional (and high speed) rail. Woo hoo! This is a big first step in the right direction for the State of Florida. The details of the plan might have problems, but the sign of commitment is hugely important, and will be the building block of a more transit oriented future.

The bill is off to Governor Christ, who is expected to sign it into law.

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4 Responses to Rail Bill Passes Florida Senate!!

  1. Neil Fritz says:

    Last minute compromise made this bill a big winner. Congrats to Senator Dan Gelber for his hard work on making this a better bill.

    With Tri-Rail funding assured, hopefully federal funding for high-speed rail is close behind.


  2. Tony says:

    Neil, what was the compromise?


  3. AA says:

    Hopefully this is a first step in a move forward towards transit becoming a real possibility in Florida and begining funding for non-highway projects. This is a big first step that has been over 10 years in the making. With the Miami Intermodal Center being built we are on the way to a true transit network.


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