Originally Posted by Lakelander
I'm all for the Florida plan, if only because I love trains, especially fast ones. But it's not as if Florida voters have shown their approval for this plan in the form of tax increases or bond measures. And the 90 miles of ROW exists because it runs right down the middle of Interstate 4, which is the classic 12 lane suburban superfreeway built with wide drainage banks, collection ponds (it's all swampland, remember) and massive grassy medians built through the middle of the huge freeway. It was an easy and pre-existing route to use with little to no cost for land clearing and site prep.
Interesting article in the LA Times today as well, as the California plan has plenty of hurdles ahead. Anaheim has a nice station planned and land ready for their ARTIC facility. Anaheim officials have secured funding too, and have worked closely with local powerhouses like Disney, the Angels, and Honda Center to create a strong community partnership supporting it all. http://www.articinfo.com/
But the station at Los Angeles is going to be very tough to design and build. Buena Park, a northern Orange County suburb, has just been told they may have to rip out and level their snazzy new mixed-use transit-oriented housing development at the Metrolink station there to make way for the high speed route. It would be like ripping out and bulldozing Orenco Station in Hillsborough after all the housing had tenants and all the shops were filled. There will be a fight in Buena Park, to be sure. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,5686672.story
And this in California, a state that has been gearing up for this for years. Tampa and Orlando have yet to release so much as a sketch made on a cocktail napkin of what their main stations will look like, or how they will integrate into downtown Tampa, Orlando International Airport, and Disney World (on the Mouse's property, no less).
I can only imagine how a similar massive rail project might create problems in established cities like Portland, Tacoma and Seattle.