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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Yeah, if you read more carefully, this ensures that Virgin would NOT do that. The OLD HSR proposal DID have a stop at the convention center/I Drive, which Disney very vocally hated, and as much as publicly stated they would replace DME with HSR ONLY IF the train was routed along 417 and not I-4...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    While its possible some other company does it (as has already been proposed but was unable to strike a deal with the airport), this will prevent it from being Virgin, and prevent any possibility of the same train hitting anything on the I-Drive corridor, so even if someone does pull off a train...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    It will not be cheaper, but it could provide Disney more traffic, and more room reservations, and a way to keep more people on site by keeping people's cars away and keeping them away from rentals. A lot of international tourists taking longer vacations like to do Miami+Disney, this system...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    There are ongoing negotiations for this to replace DME, and if you stay in an on site Disney hotel it may be free for a ticket from MCO, much like DME. It would also include full luggage service, just like DME. There is also the possibility for express Disney trains that bypass the Sunrail stop...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    There's proposed to be 3 stops in Orlando, the Meadow Wood Sunrail transfer station is to connect this train for our local transit system. Sunrail goes downtown and to Winter Park, which is likely where tourists wanting to explore the local Orlando spots will want to go. The only big missing...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Brightline is supposed to be grade separated from Cocoa to Tampa, so there should be hopefully no opportunities for people to be stupid and cause a train crash. I believe grade separation is required for 125mph, and the max without it is 110mph.
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Its a relatively short trip, so probably not for a "meaningful" time, the average speed is supposed to be about 60mph/20 minutes trip time along that portion of the route. The top speed is supposed to be 125mph but that obviously can't be for very long....
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    There is also a Sunrail transfer station proposed that will provide a bunch of drop offs along I-4, including downtown, to make that pickup process easier.
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    The mass transit systems generally lose money for the same reason nearly all roads lose money: we decided we want to subsidize travel as a country. We always need to use sales tax dollars, property taxes, and other revenue streams on top of the gas tax to subsidize our road and their operations...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I imagine the taxi/uber/lyft people will win out of this is built and won't fight against it as someone who doesn't rent a car is more likely to use their services throughout their stay. Mears and the rental car companies are the ones who will fight this. (They're the ones who fought maglev to...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Orlando has 60+ million visitors a year, and many millions of those are going from the airport to Disney or I-Drive/Universal, so it sounds like its meeting your definition. And there's the convenience factor of being able to sit playing on your phone/laptop instead of dealing with South...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    The station likely won't be in the median as in the previous proposal, as all of Brightline's request has been to enter the median AFTER the 417 interchange and have the train located to the west of I-4 in the area of the proposed station. If ya'll remember back, both the 417 and 528 alignments...
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Brightline's proposal was publicly released and was accepted by FDOT for negotiations with no other competitors. The timeline has the launch being very end of 2021 for the Orlando stations, and the proposed Disney station (with a statement saying in early negotiations with land owner) being...
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    Universal's Fantastic Worlds (South Expansion Complex)

    They don't charge for standard parking after 6pm (excluding event nights such as HHN), I'd expect a similar policy at the new park to encourage patronage of CityWalk 2.0 at night at least.
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    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    This project is proposed entirely in existing ROWs, thats part of the reason it goes to MCO and not downtown.
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