Long-Awaited Expectations on Track

Travelers to and through the Sunshine State have long been enjoying everything Florida has to offer, from the pristine beaches and unique character of Tampa and the Gulf Coast area, to the cultural explosion that is Miami and South Florida, to the spectacular theme parks, dining and entertainment in Orlando and Central Florida.

What more could people want? The ability to easily connect between the three!


Currently, the Miami-based Virgin is developing an intercity high-speed passenger rail system between Orlando and the existing rail system in South Florida, but they have set their future sights on expansion into Tampa as well.  The new route connecting Orlando is estimated to be completed in 2022, and it will eventually allow passengers easy access to Orlando International Airport, downtown Orlando, as well as Cocoa on the East Coast.  These projects will result in the creation of thousands of jobs, as well as providing invaluable connections across the state for Florida residents and the state’s record 126 million annual visitors.

Construction of this intercity railway will come with its own set of compliance and safety implications. Once opened to the public, Florida should expect an influx of foot traffic, regional commuters for both business and leisure, and increased use of city-provided public transportation.

At FET, we are looking forward to the added accessibility between our Orlando and South Florida offices and more opportunities for in-person meetings with clients.

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful. 

–Paul Simon