Rail Travel
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Mon December 10, 2012

Fast Train Will Link Miami, Orlando In 2015

ALL ABOARD: Money, jobs and a fast ride to Orlando.
ALL ABOARD: Money, jobs and a fast ride to Orlando.
Credit All Aboard Florida

A billion-dollar passenger rail project, due to break ground next year, will be whisking business travelers and tourists between Miami and Orlando at top speed by some time in 2015.

Plans call for stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on the way from Miami to Orlando International Airport with a spur line connecting the beaches of Brevard County to the system.

Cost and benefits? According to the Sun Sentinel, $1 billion, 1,600 jobs and a three-hour trip -- much quicker than you could make at the wheel of your own car.

Florida East Coast Industries, a Coral Gables-based railroad and real estate company, insists it can build and operate the project — dubbed All Aboard Florida — without any public subsidy. "We wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think it was viable," said Husein Cumber, who is leading the project.

The Sun Sentinel's Mike Turnbell answers every question you could possibly have about the new train, right here.