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  • >>WITH A CONTINUED GROWTH

  • THROUGHOUT CENTRAL

  • FLORIDA, OUR AREA FACES

  • INCREASED CHALLENGES IN

  • GETTING FROM POINT A TO

  • POINT B. TRANSPORTATION

  • REMAINS A MAIN TOPIC OF

  • INTEREST AND CONCERN.

  • WE'LL HEAR TODAY WHAT IS

  • BEING DONE TO ADDRESS

  • THESE ISSUES.

  • >>PEOPLE WONT USE IT

  • UNLESS IT'S CONVENIENT,

  • UNLESS IT CONNECTS, UNLESS

  • IT GETS THEM CONVENIENTLY

  • WHERE THEY WANT TO GO.

  • WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THAT

  • HAPPEN.

  • >>WE'LL TALK ABOUT

  • TRANSPORTATION ISSUES WITH

  • CONGRESSMAN JOHN MICA,

  • NEXT ON METRO CENTER

  • OUTLOOK.

  • >>HELLO, I'M DIANE TREES.

  • MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO

  • INTERSTATE 4 THROUGH

  • DOWNTOWN ORLANDO, SUN

  • RAIL, AIRPORT EXPANSION.

  • ALL ARE HOT BUTTON ISSUES

  • RIGHT NOW. CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • HAS AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN TO

  • DEAL WITH ALL OF OUR

  • TRANSPORTATION ISSUES.

  • JOINING US TODAY IS UNITED

  • STATES REPRESENTATIVE JOHN

  • MICA. HE'S REPRESENTED

  • FLORIDA SEVENTH DISTRICT

  • IN WASHINGTON D.C. SINCE

  • 1993 AND IS THE FORMER

  • CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE

  • TRANSPORTATION COMMITY.

  • WELCOME.

  • >>GOOD TO BE WITH YOU

  • DIANE.

  • >>I UNDERSTAND THAT IT

  • SEEMS THAT WHENEVER YOU

  • TRAVEL I-4 NOW IT'S

  • CONGESTED NO MATTER WHAT

  • TIME. HOW HAVE WE GOTTEN

  • TO THIS POINT?

  • >>WELL, CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • KEEPS GROWING. I THINK

  • AFTER THE WEATHER WE'VE

  • HAD THIS WINTER WE'RE

  • GOING TO SEE ANOTHER UP

  • SERGE, BUT PEOPLE JUST

  • KEEP MOVING HERE. IT'S A

  • VERY ATTRACTIVE PLACE TO

  • LIVE, WORK, AND RETIRE.

  • >>THE I-4 EXPANSION

  • PROJECT IS THE LARGEST

  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT IN

  • THE HISTORY OF CENTRAL

  • FLORIDA. CAN YOU TALK A

  • LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SCOPE

  • OF THE PROJECT AND THE

  • TIME FRAME?

  • >>WELL, WHAT WE'RE GOING

  • TO DO IS ADD SOME LANES.

  • IN ORDER TO PAY FOR THOSE

  • LANES, WILL BE TOLLS. AND

  • THE MONEY WILL GO TO PAY

  • OFF BOTH THE CONSTRUCTION

  • AND THEN EVENTUALLY THE

  • BONDED INDEBTEDNESS. THE

  • GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE FREE

  • LANES THAT BOTH IN CENTRAL

  • AND ACROSS THE UNITED

  • STATES WILL CONTINUE TO BE

  • FREE UNDER THE PROVISIONS

  • OF THE LAW THAT I PASSED.

  • BUT WE'LL HAVE 20 MILES OF

  • ROADS EXPANDED EXPRESS

  • LANES AND START DOWN AT

  • KIRKMAN AND GO ALL THE WAY

  • UP TO 434. AND

  • CONSTRUCTION SHOULD START

  • SOMETIME IN LATE 2014

  • WE'RE HOPING.

  • >>COMING VERY SOON THEN.

  • >>YES.

  • >>NOW WITH THE EXPRESS

  • LANES, WHY ADD EXPRESS

  • TOLL LANES INSTEAD OF JUST

  • ADDING MORE CONVENTIONAL

  • LANES TO THE HIGHWAY? IS

  • THAT A STRATEGY INVOLVED

  • THERE?

  • >>THE MAIN THING IS PAYING

  • FOR IT. RIGHT NOW WE'VE

  • TAKEN THE HIGHWAY TRUST

  • FUND. 18.4 CENTS PER

  • GALLON. CARS HAVE BEEN

  • DRIVING FURTHER AND PAYING

  • LESS BECAUSE THE AVERAGE

  • MILAGE A CAR ACHIEVES WITH

  • ONE GALLON OF GASOLINE IS

  • NOW ABOUT 24 MILES UP FROM

  • 15 OR 16. SO ACTUALLY

  • YOU'RE DRIVING MORE AND

  • MOST OF THE MONEY IS JUST

  • USED NOW AND COVERS BASIC

  • MAINTENANCE. BUT TO DO NEW

  • CONSTRUCTION AND TO PAY

  • FOR IT, THE TOLL LANES

  • WILL BE INSTALLED, BUT THE

  • FREE LANES, BOTH IN

  • CENTRAL FLORIDA, YEARS AGO

  • I PUT A RESTRICTION ON

  • TOLLING FREE LANES IN

  • CENTRAL FLORIDA; EXPANDED

  • THAT FOR NOT ONLY CENTRAL

  • FLORIDA BUT FOR THE WHOLE

  • COUNTRY. SO FOLKS CAN DO

  • THIS BUT THE MONEY HAS TWO

  • REQUIREMENTS. ONE, TO GO,

  • IF IT'S TOLLED, INTO NEW

  • CAPACITY. OR TWO, TO PAY

  • OFF THE INDEBTEDNESS SO

  • EVENTUALLY THEY CAN BE

  • FREE TOO. THE GOOD NEWS

  • FOR THE FOLKS IN THE FREE

  • LANES IS THAT IT WILL TAKE

  • SOME OF THE PRESSURE OFF

  • OF THEM. WHERE WE'VE DONE

  • THIS THE TRAFFIC MOVES

  • TWICE AS FAST.

  • >>SO THERE ARE MODELS

  • AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT

  • YOU LOOKED AT THAT HAVE

  • BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN

  • THE PAST? I UNDERSTAND

  • THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE

  • VARIABLE PRICING FOR THE

  • TOLLS. WHAT DOES THAT

  • ENTAIL AND MEAN TO

  • PASSENGERS?

  • >>WHEN CONGESTION THE

  • PRICE WILL BE HIGHER. SOME

  • OF THESE, AND I DON'T KNOW

  • THEIR TOLL STRUCTURE,

  • SOMETIMES IT'S AS LOW AS

  • 25 CENTS, SOME OF THE

  • OTHER ONES SOMETIMES THEY

  • LIFT THE TOLLS. BUT THAT'S

  • UP TO HOW THEY PRICE IT

  • AND PRICE CONGESTION

  • PRICING IS THE NEW WAY TO

  • GO.

  • >>NOW LETS TALK A LITTLE

  • BIT ABOUT THE PUBLIC

  • PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT

  • WAS ESTABLISHED TO FUND

  • THIS. CAN YOU TELL US

  • ABOUT THAT?

  • >>WELL THAT'S AGAIN THE

  • PROJECT IS $2.2 BILLION

  • DOLLARS. IF WE HAD WAITED

  • FOR PUBLIC MONEY TO BE

  • AVAILABLE, IT'D BE AT

  • LEAST EIGHT MORE YEARS. SO

  • THIS WAY WE CAN ADVANCE

  • THE PROJECT, THOSE WHO USE

  • IT WILL PAY FOR IT, THE

  • FREE LANES WILL GET THE

  • ADVANTAGE OF TAKING SOME

  • OF THE PRESSURE OFF OF

  • THOSE LANES AND THOSE THAT

  • CAN PAY FOR IT AND USE IT

  • WILL PAY. SO THE PRIVATE

  • SECTOR IS RAISING $1.2

  • BILLION DOLLARS IN CAPITAL

  • TOWARDS THE PROJECT AND

  • WE'LL HAVE IT SOONER

  • RATHER THAN LATER.

  • >>SO THOSE ARE PRETTY GOOD

  • BENEFITS THEN FOR ALL

  • AROUND?

  • >>UH, VERY GOOD. AND IT

  • DOES TAKE SOME OF THE

  • PRESSURE OFF AND IT'S A

  • MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE

  • COUNTRY. SINCE THE TRUST

  • FUND IS BASICALLY BROKE,

  • AGAIN LESS MONEY COMING IN

  • THAN WE'RE SPENDING, SO

  • YOU'VE GOT TO FIND SOME

  • WAY TO ADD NEW CAPACITY

  • AND PAY FOR IT

  • RESPONSIBLY.

  • >>WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR

  • ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS THAT

  • ARE GOING TO BE COMMUTING

  • ALONG THE HIGHWAY WHEN

  • IT'S BEING CONSTRUCTED?

  • >>I-4'S ALREADY LIKE A

  • PARKING LOT, SO I THINK

  • EXPECT AN EVEN BIGGER

  • PARKING LOT. THIS IS GOING

  • TO TAKE A NUMBER OF YEARS.

  • IT WILL BE AT LEAST 2020

  • BEFORE IT'S DONE. I THINK

  • THERE'S A SIX YEAR

  • CONSTRUCTION. THE GOOD

  • NEWS IS THAT SUN RAIL IS

  • OPENING THIS YEAR IN MAY

  • AND THEY WILL HAVE A FIXED

  • TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND THAT

  • TRAIN WILL BE AT EVERY

  • STATION ON PREDICTABLE

  • TIME AND HOPEFULLY

  • CONNECTED WITH BUSES OR

  • DOWNTOWN LYNX LIMO. UH,

  • GET TO THE AIRPORT, GET TO

  • OTHER PLACES ON A

  • PREDICTABLE SCHEDULE. THE

  • PROBLEM WE'VE HAD EVEN

  • ADDING BUSES ON THE

  • INTERSTATE WHICH ARE VERY

  • EXPENSIVE TO RUN, ONLY

  • HANDLE 50 PEOPLE, 1

  • DRIVER. THIS CAN CARRY 200

  • OR 2,000 OR AS MANY AS

  • 18,000 PEOPLE IN AN HOUR

  • ON THAT LITTLE TINY TRACK

  • AND NOT DISRUPT ANYONE AND

  • GET THERE ON TIME.

  • >>SO IT'S PERFECT TIMING

  • FOR THIS TO COME ALONG

  • WITH THE CONSTRUCTION. NOW

  • YOU MENTIONED 2020 FOR IT

  • TO BE DONE. I WAS READING

  • THAT THERE WERE TWO

  • PHASES, A SIX YEAR PLAN

  • AND THEN ANOTHER, IS THAT

  • CORRECT?

  • >>WELL THIS IS ONLY GOING

  • FROM KIRKMAN ROAD, IN THE

  • SOUTH AROUND THE WEST. UP

  • TO 434. WE REALLY NEED TO

  • GET ACROSS TO VOLUSIA

  • COUNTY AND GO ACROSS THE

  • ST. JOHNS RIVER BRIDGE.

  • THEN WE NEED TO GO OUT TO

  • 192. SO I'M TRYING TO

  • ADVANCE THE PLANNING. AND

  • THEY'RE DOING SOME OF THAT

  • NOW FOR THOSE NEXT PHASES

  • CAUSE THIS IS ONLY A 20

  • MILE, VERY EXPENSIVE,

  • QUARTER THROUGH

  • METROPOLITAN ORLANDO.

  • WE'VE GOT MUCH MORE TO DO.

  • >>WELL IN THE CONGESTION

  • IN THAT AREA IS FIERCE. SO

  • I THINK EVEN THOUGH I

  • DON'T WANT TO SEE IT

  • STARTED, PROBABLY THE

  • BETTER ONCE IT GETS GOING

  • FOR US.

  • >>YES.

  • >>LET'S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER

  • TRANSPORTATION MODE. AND

  • YOU MENTIONED THE SUN RAIL

  • A PART OF THIS. YOU'VE

  • BEEN A CHAMPION FOR THIS