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DOT High Speed Rail in Florida: A Case Study on Implications for Financing Passenger Railways (1 credit hours)
This 1 hour course discusses the problematic relationship between speed and financing for high speed passenger rail projects. On the one hand, to have any hope of financial viability a rail line must be sufficiently fast to attract passengers who would otherwise fly or drive. On the other hand, the higher the speed, the more expensive the line is to build and operate. Thus passenger fares must be set high, which hurts ridership. In this course, the experience of the State of Florida between 1981 and 2011 is used as an example. During this time period, Florida and private corporations, sometimes jointly, sometimes alone, made four different attempts to implement rail lines between Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, on which trains would run at speeds between 150 and 220 miles per hour. Yet, in the immediate future, the only new passenger line that is likely to begin operations between these cities is not very high speed and will not run on dedicated track. This course describes how both actual and perceived speed are related to obtaining financing and the implications of this relationship not only to potential high speed rail projects in Florida but also in Texas and California, where such projects are also being considered.
US Department of Transportation
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
  • Students will understand the political context for high-speed rail in Florida.
  • Students will know the major actors in the rail development process.
  • Students will become familiar with the Florida high-speed ground transportation act of 1984.
  • Students will understand financing through real estate development.
  • Students will understand financing with debt.

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