Could High-Speed Trains or Gondolas Be Coming to Tampa?


KEY TAKEAWAYS: 

  • Brightline is a high-speed rail currently operating in South Florida. They want to invest in a system that would connect the existing rail to Orlando, with a stop in Tampa. 
  • Since this is a private investment, there would be no tax hikes for Tampa residents. 
  • If this is approved, it could eliminate other proposed transit technologies for our area, like the hyperloop. 
  • Tampa Mayoral Candidate Topher Morrison has proposed gondolas as a means of aerial travel in Tampa.
  • The idea corresponds to his "Rooftop City" vision, which would implement rooftop bars, gardens and hangouts throughout the tops of downtown businesses. 
  • The build time for this type of project is only about one year, and gondolas are much cheaper than more conventional transit types- It would cost about $3 million per mile for gondolas, as opposed to $400 million for subways and $40-$160 million for light rails. 

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