Rail operations in Florida are supported by efficient movement of freight by trucks on Florida’s Highways.
Florida’s rail system is critical to the state’s economy, both for freight movement and passenger services. The 2,700+ mile system moved over 89.2 million tons of freight in 2013. The types of commodities moved include intermodal, nonmetallic minerals, chemicals and allied products, food and kindred products, coal and others.
Florida’s growth puts pressure on the state’s infrastructure, especially on the transportation system. Increases in population add automobiles to the highways and increased economic activity to support this population generates additional demands for freight movement. Florida’s rail system serves the freight community and general population with much needed relief on Florida’s highways.
More than 960,000 people rely on intercity rail service within Florida’s borders. With stations from Miami to Orlando and Tampa to Jacksonville, the Amtrak system connects passengers to over 500 destinations in the U.S. and Canada and offers an alternative to driving or flying. The Auto Train out of Sanford is also a popular option for transporting vehicles.
Commuter rail in Florida sees over 4.3 million riders, with key facilities in the southeast (Tri-Rail) and in Central Florida (SunRail). Tri-Rail provides an alternative to driving along heavily congested I-95 and SunRail does the same for I-4.