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And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know?

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Call to Action: Support SunRail! PDF Print E-mail
Written by sonia stephens   
Wednesday, April 15 2009

The 60 mile SunRail commuter rail train from Deland to Poinciana is close to becoming reality.  It would run every half hour on weekdays and provide a crucial alternative to the automobile for Central Florida.  However, this issue needs your support!   

The environmental benefits from this project are as follows:

• Alternative growth trends, including a mature system of transportation alternatives with 
commuter rail, could protect nearly 780,000 acres from development, save taxpayers about $66 
billion in growth costs, and measurably enhance the region’s quality of life. 
• Fewer automobiles and trucks equal better air quality. 
• Rail travel consumes about a fifth of the energy per passenger‐mile as automobile travel.
• Rail transit emission reductions can be particularly large since transit‐oriented development 
tends to reduce short vehicle trips. 
• Current growth trends, without a developed rail system, will urbanize an additional 1.2 million 
acres of land in Central Florida by 2050, costing $104.7 billion (in contrast to SunRail's proposed 1.2 billion price tag).

For more information, see SunRail's website: www.sunrail.com.  Watch for an article about this issue in the May/June edition of the Sierran.

 

To show your support for this project, please contact your state representative!

You should also contact Senator Gary Siplin at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (407) 297-2071 and Governor Charlie Crist at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (850) 488-7146 .

Last Updated ( Wednesday, April 15 2009 )
 
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