Your Chamber staff attended public workshop no. 4 of the District One Rail Traffic Evaluation Study presented by the Florida Department of Transportation at Winter Haven City Hall last night. The purpose of these workshops is to identify potential projects, improvements or strategies to address community concerns related to rail services in Polk County. The Study focuses on identification of opportunities in three key areas:
- Impact Mitigation Strategies
- Freight Service Operations
- Passenger Alternatives. Last nightâ€™s meeting focused specifically on the projected costs of the eight proposed alternative freight routes. The numbers were grim.
The Chamber continues to work with the City of Lakeland to move legislation forward in the Florida House and Senate that supports relocating heavy rail traffic out of impacted urban centers, including Downtown Lakeland. Here is the link to last nightâ€™s presentation.