Mass Transit: Rail
Just as I-4 serves as the backbone to our region’s roadway network, a regional rail system will anchor an efficient and effective transit system that includes bus rapid transit and fixed route bus service.
There are three main types of rail systems: commuter rail, light rail and high speed rail.
Commuter rail transit uses existing railroad tracks to connect outlying regions to a centralized city over long distances and operate only during peak commuter times (morning and evening rush hours).
Light rail is designed for short-to-medium commutes and is powered by overhead wires. It typically links a downtown area and offers service generally every 5 to 10 minutes.
High Speed Rail
High speed rail travel at high speeds over large distances, usually hundreds of miles. In 2000, Floridians voted to develop a high speed rail system between Florida’s five major cities (Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami). However in 2004, Floridian’s voted to repeal the amendment.
For more information, visit the Florida High Speed Rail web site.