All Aboard Florida To Have Big Impact On Orlando

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments by

The 17-month journey for the $1.5 billion Orlando-to-Miami passenger rail to get the blessings of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is finally over.

The authority on Oct. 2 approved three deals with the Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida intercity rail system:  rail line easement, intermodal station premises agreement and a lease for a new 80-acre vehicle maintenance facility south of the airport.

The last deal would create more than 100 high-skill, high-wage jobs in the region, since eight of All Aboard’s 10 rail cars would be housed and maintained in Orlando, said All Aboard President and Chief Development Officer Michael Reininger.

Additionally, about $400 million worth of the rail system’s construction will take place in Central Florida.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who also is on the authority board, called the agreement “monumental,” saying this would be the first airport in the state with direct passenger rail line access.

Overall, the project is set to create about 6,600 jobs and could start running by end of 2015 or early 2016.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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