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A Case Study in Attempting to Establish High Speed Rail: Florida's Experience

COURSE NO: C02-065
A Case Study in Attempting to Establish High Speed Rail: Florida's Experience
Note: New York Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit in New York State only. For complete information, please visit the website of the NY State Licensing Board.
Course Highlights

This engineering online PDH course discusses the problematic relationship between speed and financing for high speed passenger rail projects. On the one hand, to have any hope of financial viability a rail line must be sufficiently fast to attract passengers who would otherwise fly or drive. On the other hand, the higher the speed, the more expensive the line is to build and operate. Thus passenger fares must be set high, which hurts ridership.


In this course, the experience of the State of Florida between 1981 and 2011 is used as an example. During this time period, Florida and private corporations, sometimes jointly, sometimes alone, made four different attempts to implement rail lines between Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, on which trains would run at speeds between 150 and 220 miles per hour. Yet, in the immediate future, the only new passenger line that is likely to begin operations between these cities is not very high speed and will not run on dedicated track.


This course describes how both actual and perceived speed are related to obtaining financing and the implications of this relationship not only to potential high speed rail projects in Florida but also in Texas and California, where such projects are also being considered.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil and transportation engineers concerned with the implementation of very high-speed rail systems.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the political context for high-speed rail in Florida
  • Learning about the major actors in the rail development process
  • Learning about the Florida high-speed ground transportation act of 1984
  • Financing through real estate development
  • Financing with debt
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the University Transportation Research Center of The City University of New York document, “A Case Study Of High Speed Rail In Florida: Implications For Financing Passenger Railways,” written by James Cohen, February 29, 2016, as part of UTRC/RF Grant No: 49997-19-25, and funded by the USDOT.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
A Case Study in Attempting to Establish High Speed Rail: Florida's Experience (4.1 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USDOT publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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