Commuter Rail Study Discussed in Fla.

WASHINGTON — Commuter Rail proponents will gather in a strategy meeting in support of commuter rail today at the Orlando International Airport to hear the results of a nationwide commuter rail liability report that was reviewed by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit and Railroads Subcommittees.

“It will debunk some of the myths relating to Commuter Rail liability,” U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said.

Proponents of commuter rail have cited liability provisions contained in the agreement between the State of Florida and CSX as the major impediment to moving forward with the project. The State legislature failed to address the liability terms provided for an agreement and recessed in May.

The Central Florida Partnership, which is composed of various Chamber and business and community leaders are hosting the event.

“As gasoline reaches $4 per gallon, this couldn’t be a more appropriate time to rally in support for the project,” noted Jacob Stuart, who organized the rally.

Mica, the Republican Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said “the findings in the Congressional report on Commuter Rail will be a major boost in securing additional votes in the State legislature to complete the terms of the agreement which must be resolved by June 30, 2009.”