<!-- see http://www.floridabullettrain.com/content/history.htm -->Florida High Speed Rail
was a proposed high-speed rail
project in the U.S.
state of Florida
. Initial service would have run between the cities of Tampa
, with plans to then extend service to South Florida
, terminating in Miami
. Trains with a top speed of to would have run on dedicated rail lines alongside the state's existing highway network. Construction of the line was slated to begin in 2011, with the initial Tampa-Orlando phase completed by 2014.
On February 16, 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott
formally announced that he would be rejecting federal funds to construct the high-speed railway, thereby killing the Florida High Speed Rail project. Governor Scott's reasoning behind cancelling the project was that it would be "far too costly to taxpayers" and that "the risk far outweigh the benefits".
In November 2000, Florida voters approved an amendment to Florida's constitution
mandating the state establish a system of high speed trains
exceeding 120 mph to link its five largest urban areas, with construction to commence by November 1, 2003. The Florida Legislature
enacted the Florida High Speed Rail Authority Act in March 2001, creating the Florida High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA).<ref... Read More