What Happened to High Speed Rail in Florida?

by John C. Bottcher, Florida Dep of Transportation, Tallahassee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


This paper presents a critical analysis of the 1980s Florida endeavor to develop by private sector franchise America's first true high speed rail system, its failure, and some lessons learned. The paper concludes that the effort failed because the private sector applicants and the state were unable to create a realistic financing plan due in part to a governmental structure and process that impeded logical, progressive decision-making. Suggestions on how to improve the process and develop a practical financing program are included.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Private sector | Financing | Failure analysis | Government | Decision making | Public transportation | Rapid transit systems | Florida | United States

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