Some insight into Polk County and the consideration of a Railing System

Word in Polk County is that we may be getting a tranist system that runs via rail. The system is to bring the entire central Florida transportation effort to the extent of offering a new age consumer friendly environment friendly transit system.

Going off of a simular theory that the miami-dade comuter transit system works off of, railing systems seem to offer what other methods of mass transportation can’t offer. Thats time efficency and room.

To show concern to the workings of the system i sought out the advice of Mel Martinez to see why Polk Conty would seek to offer such a complex comuter transit system to be basicly terminaled in Lakeland.

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Railroad Competition and Service Improvement Act. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

Congress deregulated the railroad industry in 1980 when it passed the Staggers Act. This law revitalized the industry, built efficiencies in the system, and bolstered the railroads as a critical component of America’s transportation infrastructure. However, the Staggers Act also provided for “differential pricing” which enables railroads to charge a customer more where the railroad is a monopoly in order to make up for the revenue it loses in a competitive, multi-railroad environment.

As you know, on March 21, 2007, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the Railroad Competition Improvement and Reauthorization Act (S. 953). This legislation would require rail carriers, upon shipper request, to establish rates for transportation and provide requested service between any two points on the carrier’s system. In addition, it would clarify the Surface Transportation Board’s responsibility to promote competition among rail carriers.

S. 953 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where it awaits further consideration. Although I do not serve on this committee, please know that I will keep your support in mind shoule the full Senate consider S. 953 or related legislation.

Again, thank you for sharing your views with me. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition, for more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at


Mel Martinez
United States Senator


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