In recent weeks U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown , D-Jacksonville, and John Mica, R-Winter Park, have renewed calls for the rail line. They see it as tying in with President-elect Obama's economic stimulus plans, which emphasize transportation and environment-friendly projects.
While at this stage the notion of a Florida high-speed rail network is little more than an idea getting a fresh look, it is important to note the changes that have taken place since 2004.
- Growing recognition that we must cut our dependency on carbon-based fuels, in part to avoid the environmental consequences of global warming.
- A new progressive administration taking office in Washington.
- Infrastructure investment is one of the key economic recovery strategies being adopted by the new administration.
- California has said yes to high-speed rail, so Florida and other states don't want to be left behind.