Orlando International Airport Preparing for Rail Connection
Orlando International Airport officials are working out a deal over a private rail company's proposed commercial rail service to Miami. The arrival of the intercity rail service could mean the airport has to speed up plans to build a new train station.
For 30 years the airport has planned to incorporate a rail connection into its transit options, but with high speed rail scrapped last year and no firm plans for a direct link to the SunRail commuter train, a private company may be the first to roll to the airport.
Florida East Coast Industries plans to create a passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando, and it wants to link up with the airport by 2015
Orlando International Airport executive director Phil Brown says they hope to have details worked out over the next 60 days.
“We have to come to a pretty rapid agreement on what it’s going to look like, where it’s going to come in and who is going to be responsible for what parts of it," says Brown.
Brown says the train station would be sited at the airport’s yet to be built South Terminal.
To be ready for an intercity rail service, the airport would also have to fast track construction of a people mover between the station and the North Terminal, and a new parking garage.