ROUTES: Orlando eyes multimodal future

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Orlando International airport has reached an agreement with the proposed passenger railroad All Aboard Florida for a station adjacent to its new south terminal complex.

The train station, which will be the terminus for future trains from Miami, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016 along with a new consolidated rental car, shuttle bus and parking centre on the south side of the airport, says Phillip Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, on the sidelines of World Routes 2013 in Las Vegas on 6 October.

The facility will be connected to Orlando’s existing terminal complex via an extension of the airport’s people mover, he says. Costs excluding the All Aboard Florida station are $470 million.

If completed, Orlando International would join the very limited ranks of airports with long-distance rail stations in the USA. These include Baltimore/Washington International, Newark Liberty International and Milwaukee General Mitchell International airports.

The station would be a boost for Orlando. With its eye on landing a flight to Asia and building its connections to Latin America, a direct rail connection to the popular south Florida region could prove popular for airlines.

Frank Kruppenbacher, board chairman of the Orlando aviation authority, told local press that the multimodal project will make the airport the “centre of regional transportation” into the future.

The multimodal facility is part of Orlando International’s $2.1 billion long-term south terminal complex, which could include an initial 16-gate terminal as early as 2018.