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January 12th, 2016 10:03 AM
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For those who have traveled lately from Orlando Airport it is impossible not to notice the massive expanse of land being cleared and the beginning of construction to the left of the entrance to the terminals. Orlando International Airport (MCO) is well under way on a $1.1 billion expansion that involves a people-mover connection between the main terminal and a $215 million Intermodal Transportation Facility that would include a new SunRail station for Central Florida commuters as well as the northernmost All Aboard Florida station.  This project will allow MCO to handle their increasing passenger traffic, including out-of-state visitors and prospective homebuyers.

In conjunction with this, construction is under way on a $1.5 billion All Aboard Florida project, a privately funded passenger rail service that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.  All Aboard Florida hopes to attract new business  investment by making commuting easier for workers in the four metro areas.  Ridership is projected at 14,000 a day by 2020.  Completion of this project is likely to increase the value of properties near the four stations and make condos or apartments more appealing to young workers.  

Nearby Tampa International Airport (TPA) has begun a $953 million expansion project that includes an expanded main terminal; an automated people mover and a 2.6-million-square-foot rental car center.  

There is much growth in Central Florida and many changes are needed to handle the expanding population and the increase in domestic and foreign visitors.  Transportation projects will most likely be an ongoing Florida trend well into the future!

written by Barbara Doeringer

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