Nothing is definite, but the way this is hashing out makes it seem very unlikely that both high-speed rail proposals in Florida will get funding---at least anytime soon---and that (as you said) Orlando/Tampa certainly seems the safest bet if only one gets federal money.I have a bad feeling that if that line is built (the Orlando to Tampa line only since it seems to be getting the most push) it would have low user ship like the Metro Rail in Miami. Allowing people to say "see mass transit is a huge waste of money".
Even though the Metro line in Miami was suppose to be one of many lines (which never got built) it was too easy to pick on. Killing or slowing down any other further development of mass transit in Miami.
Though I must say I have no idea about how many Tampians (is that right lol) and Orlandians transverse between the two metros. And more important how many would find a train station that is near their arrival and departure station. Though I guess that is more of a issue that deals more with local transit.
Interesting how the article states "If Florida receives the money, the state would look to leverage it into a partnership with a company or group that would assume the cost of operation and maintenance."http://www.miamiherald.com/457/story/1145321.html
Plans outlined for high-speed Florida train
I like gondolas, one of my first memories is going on the gondola over the Mississippi River at the New Orleans World's Fair, Gatlinburg Tn has a nice one also. Too bad Miami couldn't ship over the one from New Orleans, joining the monorail that was brought to Miami Metrozoo after the fair.I think that would be a very cool idea, to have a gondola from South Beach to Downtown for example. Of course there would be safety concerns...