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Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:17:06 PM »
Here is a rather cheering story, at least one Florida city gets it!

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State funds for Fort Lauderdale streetcar?
Written by  Douglas John Bowen
RAILWAY AGE BLOG
 
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has championed cost-cutting during his administration, and rejected federal efforts to advance high speed rail in the Sunshine State. But Scott has allowed SunRail regional rail service to advance in the Orlando metropolitan area, and now seems willing to assist Fort Lauderdale's efforts to establish streetcar service.

Scott's latest proposed state budget includes $25 million for Fort Lauderdale's The Wave, a small portion of the $9.1 billion state transportation package. The budget is subject to legislative approval, and prospects for the entire package are uncertain.

"It is good the governor is going in the right direction on the transportation budget," said Michael P. Howe, executive director of the Sarasota/Manatee metropolitan transportation organization (MPO), to local media. "You can still argue where the money should go within the budgets – what share to roads, to transit and so forth."

Road construction projects account for $3.6 billion, or roughly 40%, of the proposed transport package.

The Wave, running roughly 2.7 miles, is expected to cost roughly $135 million to construct, and would include 10 stations.

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/light-rail/fla-governor-includes-fort-lauderdale-streetcar-funds.html

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Re: Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2013, 11:25:44 PM »
^Unfortunately, I believe that's the only new major transit project in the entire statewide budget.

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Re: Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 09:23:10 AM »
that is correct....the FDOT construction budget for this year sets aside less than 5% for new transit

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Re: Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 05:13:08 PM »
So it is just a token move he can point to when someone claims he is anti public transit.
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Re: Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 08:05:28 AM »
just another way when campaigning to say--"See, I do like rail transportation"

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Re: Does Scott Like STREETCARS in Fort Lauderdale? Maybe So!
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 09:10:32 AM »
I think the $1.3 Billion invest in SunRail (2012 and 2013 budgets) says that much better....too bad FDOT is also spending $2+ Billion adding toll express lanes to I-4, which parallels the commuter rail line