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Florida to Fund Train Sation at Orlando Airport

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    Florida State Government will put up to $215 million into the construction of the Automated People Mover Complex at Orlando International Airport.

    Governor Rick Scott announced at a news conference that the project, called the South Airport People Mover Complex, would create 1,900 construction jobs and 380 permanent jobs at the new facility. The $213.5 million would be spent over three years, provided the state Legislature also approves the spending plan.

    “This project in Orlando, as well as others statewide, makes Florida’s airports among the best in the nation, keeping Florida competitive, and creating jobs and opportunities for future generations,” Scott said.

    The station will eventually be served by Orlando SunRail commuter rail, the first phase of which is currently under construction, and Florida East Coast Railway's (FEC) proposed All Aboard Florida inter-city services from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale and Miami. FEC and the airport reached an agreement last October on establishing rail services to the airport.

    “With the governor’s goal to attract 100 million visitors annually to Florida, the ability to provide them with a convenient way to connect easily with great destination cities in both Central and South Florida validates All Aboard Florida’s decision to place its Central Florida terminal at the airport,” All Aboard President Don Robinson said in a statement.

    Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of the county tourism marketing organization Discover Palm Beach County, said the passenger rail is a “game changer” for the county. His agency can put together packages with Orlando and Miami centered around visitors being able to get on a European-style train and ride to West Palm Beach.

    “This is not just a commuter transportation option, but a tourism development vehicle for South Florida and Central Florida,” he said. “We believe the All Aboard team clearly wants to play in the tourism marketplace.”

    Construction is expected to begin on All Aboard Florida sometime this year.

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