Brightline eyes Orlando to Tampa route

- A company wants to build tracks right along Interstate 4, getting you from Orlando to Tampa in a flash. 

People downtown say they would use this train for a number of reasons: work, plays, sports, even to catch a cruise.

If there’s one thing people know in this area, it’s traffic. 

“I-4 is a nightmare,” said Mark Davidson, of Orlando.  “It’s horrendous. It's absolutely one of the worst things to deal with.”

That’s why many hope to hop on board a new high-speed train connecting Orlando to Tampa.

“I think it would be great, great for the economy, boost our two cities together,” said Davidson.

The governor nixed a similar plan back in 2011 out of fear it would cost taxpayers too much.

“The biggest thing is how you maintain it so you make money off of it,” said Davidson. 

Now, the Florida Department of Transportation hopes to keep the project privately funded. Brighline submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the train along I-4.

In a statement from the governor, he, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs are all on board. So are people downtown.

“I wish it was around when I was in school. I would have used it more,” said Cynthia Leets, of St. Cloud.

“It would make travel between the 2 cities a lot easier. I know a lot of people myself included who go back and forth pretty often and it would save a lot of time,” said Jake Whitacre, of Orlando.

Even though one proposal has already come in from Brightline, FDOT says they're still looking for more before they take the next step.
 

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