News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office
Orlando –Governor Rick Scott today announced funding of $213.5 million that will benefit Orlando International Airport’s development of a South Airport People Mover Complex along with plans for an Intermodal Transit Facility.
Governor Scott said, “Our $213.5 million commitment to Orlando International Airport is vital for growing our economy, and bringing tourists, trade and business travelers to Florida every day. This project in Orlando, as well as others statewide makes Florida’s airports among the best in the nation; keeping Florida competitive, and creating jobs and opportunities for future generations.”
The Governor’s investments and commitments for the expansion include:
Representative Steve Crisafulli (Speaker-Designate) said, “Orlando International Airport plays an important role welcoming tourists and business leaders when they visit our great state. I applaud Governor Scott’s investment as it will strengthen the airport and provide an economic boost to the region.”
Senator Alan Hays said, “Governor Scott’s announcement is exciting news for Orlando International Airport and the entire Central Florida community. The project will create jobs and enhance OIA’s position as a leader in the aviation industry.”
Senator Kelli Stargel said, “The Governor’s announcement today is a win for Orlando International Airport and Florida’s aviation industry as a whole. Investing in Florida’s infrastructure spurs job creation and keeps our economy strong.”
Representative Bryan Nelson said, “The funding partnership between the state and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) will keep the airport in step with the dramatic growth in domestic and international business at OIA.”
Representative Tom Goodson said, “Turning the airport into a true multi-modal hub will greatly benefit the region’s economy as well as provide an enhanced level of service for passengers.”
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said, “Through this new intermodal transportation hub, we will be able to increase efficiency and access at OIA, which is so important to maintaining our reputation as a world-class international airport.”
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “While there is a need for critical operational enhancements to the North Terminal…the South Terminal Expansion will position Orlando International Airport to be among the first International Airports in the US to have air travel, ground transportation and rail – all in one location.”
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “These improvements will position Orlando International Airport to the next step--to eventually build a proposed Intermodal Transit Facility – making it among the first in the United States and the first in Florida with the capacity to conveniently support air travel and ground transportation.”
Florida Airports Council Executive Director Bill Johnson said, “From a global perspective, there has been a concerted effort in the past few years by the Governor and the FDOT to keep Florida's airports competitive and industry leaders. This project at Orlando International Airport is an example how Florida is benefiting with forward thinking leadership on all levels; local, regional and state.”
FDOT District Five Secretary Noranne Downs said “Investment in Orlando International Airport is a game changer. The airport thought big years ago and continues to do so today, and the region continues to reap economic benefits.”
Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said, “As a major economic engine for the region, and with Governor Scott’s support of the airport and transportation, Orlando International Airport is poised to meet the growth demands of our global community. Over $5 billion has been earmarked for investment into local industries, which creates jobs, and we must anticipate the demand these investments will create.”
The state investment of $213.5 million will provide for the design and construction of the South Airport People Mover Complex within Orlando International Airport.
The Authority will invest $467.5 million in the project. Together, the funds will provide the infrastructure to serve future growth and keep Orlando International Airport positioned as an aviation industry leader.
News Release: Associated Press News
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending more than $213 million for a transportation hub including a rail line at Orlando International Airport.
The governor said at a Monday news conference that the project would create 1,900 construction jobs and 380 permanent jobs at the new facility. The $213.5 million would be spent over two years, provided the state Legislature also approves the spending plan.
A key part of the project would use the new hub to link the Orlando airport with the private All Aboard Florida rail line that will run from South Florida to central Florida. It is expected to begin service as early as late 2015.
The transportation hub will also provide links to air and ground transportation.