On September 16, the St. Pete City Council is going to vote on a resolution to build a high-speed train between Orlando and St. Pete.
“Connecting St. Petersburg with the 25 million annual visitors to Disney is a game changing event for our economy and for the future of baseball in St. Petersburg,” Nurse says in a resolution he placed on council’s Sept. 2 agenda…The council deferred voting on the resolution until Sept. 16. A chance for a wider discussion on the issue will take place three days earlier, when St. Petersburg Councilman Jeff Danner chairs “Connecting Pinellas County to High-Speed Rail.”
Sounds great in theory. But how many people would really make the commute? Sure there are some hardcore fans, but we doubt that those fans add up to a significant impact. Even on a high-speed train, there is still a significant time commitment required that most people are not willing to make.
Would the train make stops in Hillsborough? That would increase the number of people with easy access to the Rays. But that would also significantly increase the commute time for those coming from Orlando.