HUD Secretary Highlights Central Florida Commuter Line as Sprawl Fighter -- and Economic Driver

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 09:15 AM

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

Planners designing around Central Florida’s SunRail future commuter line are working to bring walkable communities around rail stops, said Shaun Donovan, secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

They are making sure zoning changes around the stations will be able to increase nearby construction, which creates jobs, but also brings housing and jobs within a walkable distance, he said in an interview with WMFE just before the Florida Housing Coalition’s annual conference.

“Frankly, families are getting more and more fed up,” Donovan said. “I don’t want to spent two hours commuting...the average family now spends fifty cents of every dollar they earn just on housing and transportation...this can lower the cost of jobs.”

SunRail is expected to cost $1.2 billion to construct. It will begin operations in 2014.



Comments [3]


RightReason, that's one of the most benighted comments I've read on a rational website. Charlotte and Portland have enjoyed great success with their light-rail systems, and crime is not a factor. People north of Baltimore thought that the light-rail would bring crime to their areas, but it hasn't. What light-rail does bring is higher property values and economic restoration. Look at the H Street corridor in Washington, where economic revitalization is occurring along the line, and it's not even open yet. Two or three blocks away, there's still blight, but along the line itself, there's restoration and growth.

Sep. 13 2012 12:59 PM

If you build it they will come? Yeah, the criminals and blighted areas we see around Charlotte, Portland, Phoenix, etc. Ask them how light rail is going. Social engineering ala UN Agenda 21 will not work in America - property rights are inviolate. The federal departments which seek to control our very existence must be abolished.

Sep. 13 2012 12:30 AM

SunRail is going to be a financial disaster and the DOT knows it because the ridership forecast was SO LOW and they are BEGGING for riders. The 4 jurisdictions that are responsible to maintain and operate this boondoggle after the entire state gets to pay for it from NOW to 2021 HAVE NO REVENUE SOURCE. That is absolutely BAD policy and FL will pay the financial disaster price for that policy or those jurisdictions won't be able to pay for road improvements, bus service, schools or other priorities because they'll have to ROB Peter to PAY Paul or else RAISE taxes. This boondoggle will be a failure no matter what the Obama Admin triumvirate of HUD, DOT and EPA say.

Sep. 12 2012 03:44 PM

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