Polk County Commissioners want to keep high speed rail project viable | Politics
Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners announces strong support for the efforts by Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando mayors and other local, regional, state and federal leaders, as well as the private sector, in pursuing alternative plans for high speed rail.
“We recognize the governor’s fiscal responsibility, but we also have to consider the long-term economic impact, as well as highway safety issues,” Commissioner Edwin Smith, chairman of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners said in a statement. “We are interested in partnering with our neighbors to the east and west in order to keep the high speed rail project viable.”
The Board endorses a joint statement issued last Thursday by the Central Florida Partnership and Tampa Bay Partnership “encouraging everyone to be a part of the effort to find the right solution.”
While recognizing there are issues and concerns to be evaluated, the Board believes with a concerted effort by all parties, working together, to determine all of the relevant facts, a workable solution can still be developed.
“Florida is key in the federal high speed rail initiative, because out of all the projects in line to receive federal funding, our state is the only one ready to move forward immediately,” Smith said. “We have the capability of administering funding in Polk County, and we want to see this project happen assuming all issues and concerns are satisfactorily addressed.”