Train vs. Plane

Florida Rail Enterprise map of the Orlando Tam...

How much is that ticket to ride?

Lakeland Mayor
Gow Fields says
federal money for rail transit would be like federal money for an airport, with private enterprise operating the planes.

The big question is; if the feds pay for the tracks and stations, will private enterprise pick up all the costs of buying, operating and maintaining the trains?

Will they also pick up the costs of replacing those stations, trains and tracks when they wear out?

The average price of a plane ticket is about $300. How much were those tickets between Tampa and Orlando going to cost without taxpayer subsidies and how many riders would there be?

Since 1979, thirty-five airlines have filed for bankruptcy.

Not a favorable comparison Mr. Mayor.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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One Response to “Train vs. Plane”

  1. Marilyn Smith Says:

    ONE could easily ask of the LAKELAND MAYOR….Asleep at the switch???

    Where are those figures of maintenance and the fare box revenues?

    THE FEDERAL MONEY IS ALSO EVERY CITIZENS MONEY. So, what I am trying to avoid is A DOUBLE TAX, PLUS THE FARE BOX TRIP COST.

    There are not enough above average paying jobs resulting from the “less than sonic speed train” for the life of the system to warrant spending of MORE TAX DOLLARS.

    Look at the appearance of this SPEED TRAIN…it does say loudly: only above average income folks will be riding this wonderthing….the cost of riding will be a prohibitive fare.

    PLEASE MAKE A LIST AND SPREAD IT ON THE INTERNET OF THE FOLLOWING:

    ALL THE PASSENGER RAIL LINES THAT ARE PROFITABLE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHEN WE SEE THIS LIST, THAT SHOULD BE THE LAST STATEMENT OF THE FUTURE ON THIS BLUNDERBUST IDEA.

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