RECENT FEDERAL AND STATE ACTIONS FUEL CENTRAL FLORIDA'S TRANSPORTATION FUTURELast December, Governor Charlie Crist signed historic transportation legislation that establishes a broad framework for passenger rail in Florida, including plans for commuter and high speed rail in Central Florida. The Florida High Speed Rail and SunRail transportation projects "will define the way we live and the way we work for years to come," said Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal.
Plans for high speed rail in Central Florida moved into the fast lane in January when President Barack Obama allocated $1.25 billion in federal funding for Phase I of the Florida High Speed Rail (HSR) line between Tampa and Orlando. The four-year construction project is estimated to cost approximately $2.6 billion and produce 5,000 jobs.
HSR also is predicted to an economic stimulator for the region and drive future growth. "Up to 27,500 jobs would be created and nearly $3 billion worth of new business would occur annually in Orlando if the city is linked with Tampa to the west and Miami to the south by the year 2035," according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, "Study: High-speed rail to boost jobs".
EMPLOYEE PROFILEJose Buendia has provided design services on a variety of project types over the course of his 22-year career. A valued member of the CTH+A family, Jose has worked on nearly every project the firm has designed over the past eight years, including most recently, the Orlando Amway Event Center and the design-build Amway Center Parking Garage and Orlando International Airport's Airsides 1 & 3 projects.
Jose Buendia, Project Coordinator
- In July, CTH+A President C.T. Hsu accompanied a Florida higher education delegation to Taiwan for the second annual Florida-Taiwan Higher Education Conference, highlighted by a private meeting with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou and Education Minister Wu Ching-ji.
- Tim McNicholas, AIA, is serving on the University of Central Florida's School of Architecture Advisory Committee and also the University of Florida City Lab advisory council.