Mount Dora's long history of trains dates back to 1887, but the next chapter for this historic Central Florida town is undoubtedly more modern.
After a long series of hearings and approvals, construction will begin in late 2019 on new tracks for high-speed rail through the city and beyond. A station is not planned for Lake County, but new tracks and infrastructure will be added to support the aerodynamic bullet train that will travel from Orlando to Gainesville until it eventually runs parallel to the I-10 corridor in north Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana before ending in Houston, Texas, until additional sections are funded.
“The bullet train’s approval reflects a commitment to improving and advancing transportation, as well as mitigating congestion in Florida’s rapidly growing metropolitan areas,” said Iam Keading, Southeastern Director of Urban Project Development at USHSR of the almost $26 billion project. No local funds are used to finance the new train or its route.
The sleek, French-made trains will be scheduled for three daily trips, travelling at speeds ranging from 225 to 275 miles per hour depending on the tracks and topography, according to Keading. Central Florida’s bullet train will be significantly slower than the fastest trains in operation that currently travel at speeds approaching 400 mph.
Due to stipulations with funding, the new trains are expected to be running by the third quarter of 2020. Read more important details about the area’s high speed rail here.
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