The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce sent out a press release this afternoon. It contained a resolution calling for a Florida Department of Transportation study to determine the location of a high speed rail stop in Polk County.
Here’s the introduction to the email:
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is in strong support of the Central Florida High-Speed Rail System. The Central Florida High-Speed Rail project is not only critical to the mobility of the citizens and visitors of Florida, but will also serve as a catalyst for growth and development along the Interstate 4 corridor.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce supports further study of the proposed Polk high-speed rail stops, Kathleen Road and University of South Florida Polytechnic. We encourage the Florida Department of Transportation to evaluate both sites to determine their availability of land for site construction, existing and future ridership figures, and existing and future connectivity plans to determine the location that best serves the populations of the City of Lakeland and Polk County.
And here’s a link to the resolution. We’ll work on converting it to text later tonight.
A special thanks to Marialice Quinn, publisher of CentralFloridaOnline.com for the text version of the resolution:
A RESOLUTION OF THE LAKELAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SUPPORT OF HIGH-SPEED INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL AND STUDY OF TWO PROPOSED POLK COUNTY HIGH SPEED RAIL STATION STOPS
WHEREAS, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, representing its 1,750 member businesses, is committed to serve as a catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life; and
WHEREAS, a multi-model regional transportation system including High Speed Rail will contribute significantly to the economic vitality, quality of life, and regional and statewide connectivity of the citizens of Polk County and the Central Florida Region; and
WHEREAS, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is aware that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in partnership with the Florida Rail Enterprise and U.S. Department of Transportation, is undertaking the development of a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail System as outlined in the High-Speed Rail Strategic Plan published by the Federal Railroad Administration in April 2009; and
WHEREAS, implementation of a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail System will greatly benefit all of the citizens of, and visitors to, the Central Florida Region, and is needed in order to relieve traffic congestion, provide transportation opportunities and provide a relief for I-4 traffic; and
WHEREAS, a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail System will become an integral part of Central Florida’s balanced transportation system and, with concurrent development of improvements to roadways, bus transit and regional commuter/intercity rail, will greatly enhance the mobility of the traveling public; and
WHEREAS, on January 28, 2010, FDOT received a federal grant in the amount of $1.25 billion for the construction of a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail system in Florida; and
WHEREAS, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce supports the design, construction and implementation of a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail system in the Central Florida Region.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce supports additional economic and environmental evaluation of both the 2005 Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) approved Kathleen Road stop and the University of South Florida Polytechnic stop to determine the location that best serves the populations of the City of Lakeland and Polk County.
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE LAKELAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE this 22nd day of February, 2010.
JOE L. RUTHVEN,
2010 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
KATHLEEN L. MUNSON,