High Speed Rail coming to Orlando as part of stimulus?

The stimulus package passed by Congress contains some money for ‘shovel ready’ high speed rail projects. As it turns out Florida completed most of the studies required for High Speed Rail in 2004 and would be one of 10 states with ready to go projects should that money be approved.

Why am I posting about this on The Disney Blog? Because the Orlando segment, as discussed by Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal on this Fox Orlando story tonight, would run from the Orlando Airport (MCO) right past Disney’s doorstep.

Bingo. Add in some lightrail to connect the other attractions in the  area to the High Speed Rail station and we have one of the key ingredients required to bring some life back into Central Florida. Easing the ability of out of town (or country) guests to spend extra days in Orlando without having to rent a car is a big win for the local economy.