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Published on August 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Shahan

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Background & Clarification On “All Aboard Florida” Orlando-To-Miami Train

August 17th, 2015 by  


Thanks to Ali Soule from All Aboard Florida, who provided more background on the All Aboard Florida project that will potentially transform South Florida and bring a smile to my face. (I love trains. Have I mentioned that?) We have corrected and updated a previous CleanTechnica article, “Orlando-To-Miami Train Moves Forward As Potential Connector Between Central & South Florida,” thanks to direct information from All Aboard Florida. AAF is not borrowing any money. Ali Soule explains,

  •  “AAF is a privately funded project, and we are not receiving any state funding. The FDFC board approved our request to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds, not to give us funding.”
  • “We are not borrowing any money in this program. This program was developed by the USDOT, and the USDOT approved a $1.75 billion allocation from an existing program.”

Read more here about the Private Activity Bond program.

I am also correcting some confusion in the previous article. Soule clarifies that All Aboard Florida’s relationship with the Orlando airport. AAF did not receive the funds, mentioned in my earlier article, “but the airport received a grant from the state and AAF is leasing its space in the terminal.” Background from AAF:

  • All Aboard Florida is leasing its terminal location at the airport. AAF did not receive a grant or $123 million from the state to build our terminal.
  • The airport received a grant from the state to build a Future Intermodal Terminal, which will house multiple types of transportation options, like rental cars, an automated people mover to connect to the North Terminal, SunRail and All Aboard Florida.

Since September 18, 2014, when All Aboard Florida announced news about the plans and structure of an extensive new downtown train station complex, CleanTechnica has followed. As with all great urban areas, Miami has a fabulous personality all its own. It is a like another world with life becoming more exhilarating thanks to All Aboard Florida. Supporters of this new transit community say this is a real step in Miami’s quest to arrive as one the world’s great urban centers.

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Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



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