SCORT Annual Meeting
Jacksonville, Florida
September 20, 2010
Passenger Rail in Florida
Presentation Overview
Status Update on Current HSR Activities
Amtrak Service in Florida/Proposed FEC
Passenger Rail Project
SunRail Project
Other Passenger Rail Activities
Overview of Florida HSR
“Vision for High Speed Rail in America”
Florida reacted quickly based on previous
Tampa-Orlando-Miami application submitted
October 2009
Special Session Dec ‘09: Florida Rail
Created Florida Rail Enterprise
Provided mechanism for State contribution
Federal Railroad Administration
Jan 28, 2010: President here in Tampa: Florida one of
top three recipients in the nation
$1.25 Billion for Phase 1 Tampa-Orlando ($2.7B
May 7, 2010: Administrator Szabo signed Record of
Decision, completing environmental documents
May 28, 2010: Sec. LaHood in Orlando: first grant
$66.7 M
August, 2010: Florida applied for an additional $1.1
Billion and offered a 20% match
Federal Railroad Administration
Lead person: Randall Brown
Program Management Oversight Consultant: STV
Florida Rail Enterprise
Executive Director: Kevin Thibault
Chief Operating Officer: Nazih Haddad
Florida DOT Support at all levels
Consultant Team
Program Manager: HNTB/WSA
Legal: Freshfields
Financial: KPMG
Tampa-Orlando-Miami Corridor
Phase I – Tampa to Orlando
Tampa to Orlando Operations
Proven HSR technology. Steel wheel on rail.
Trains at least hourly; additional frequency
between Orlando Airport and attractions
Ridership Estimate from 2002 study – Over 2
million. (Excludes captive Markets)
New Investment Grade Ridership Study
Maximum Speed 168 MPH+.
Jobs and Economic Outlook
5,000 +jobs/ year during
construction period.
 600-1,000 permanent direct
operating jobs and 500 indirect
 Contributes to creation of 10th
largest economic region in the
nation with 7th biggest
Floridians Already at
Insert geotech crew drilling photo
Current Activities
Five major Tasks with $66.7 million ARRA funds
1- Project development – setting up for the
2- Advance Preliminary Engineering to firm up
3- Early Works Projects document preparation
4- Right of way Acquisition/Survey
5- RFQ/RFP to build the HSR System through
Two Procurements:
Early Works Projects
Clears and prepares the corridor
HIGH SPEED RAIL construction
&Finance (DBOM&F) Contract:
Public Private Partnership(PPP)
Procurement Timeline
if all the stars line up…
Early Works Timeline (Subject to FRA approval)
 Issue RFPs in November
 Begin construction spring 2011
 Work completed in advance of HSR construction
PPP HSR Construction
 RFQ for teams Nov. 2010 (subject to FRA approval)
 RFP issued to qualified teams March 2011 with
ridership updates.
 Winning team selected /negotiations in late 2011
 Construction starts 2012
 Trains roll 2015
Amtrak Services in Florida
Silver Star
Silver Meteor
Auto Train
Sunset Limited
(inactive since 2004)
(truncated in Savannah in 2004)
Florida East Coast
Passenger Service on
Florida’s East Coast
No FEC passenger service since 1968
Proposed new service
Splits Amtrak Silver Star daily service at Jacksonville
w/1 round trip on Florida East Coast
 One additional daily corridor service train
 Estimated annual ridership: 222,600 passenger
Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Titusville,
Cocoa, Melbourne, Vero Beach, Ft. Pierce, Stuart,
West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami
Submitted application on Aug 6 requesting $250 million
I – DeBary to Sand Lake Road
– 12 stations
II – DeBary to Deland; Sand
Lake Rd. to Poinciana – 5 stations
FTA approved final environmental clearances Sept. 10
Full Funding Grant Agreement with FTA expected early 2011
Phase I construction expected to begin 2011
Vehicle designs selected Sept. 10
Phase II PE now under way
Other Passenger Rail Activities
Tampa Light Rail Project
 Jacksonville Commuter Rail Study
 South Florida East Coast Corridor Study

Florida High Speed Rail A Call to Action