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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Ocala residents discuss commercial flights, high-speed rail system

Several residents from Ocala recently wrote in to share their thoughts on the city’s transportation needs.

“I lived in San Diego, California from 1977 to 2015. I witnessed the growth, urban sprawl, and explosion of traffic on the roads. I believe it would be much more efficient and far less costly to reconstruct the rail system to run from downtown Ocala to Orlando, and it would maintain Ocala’s rural charm. An EV shuttle system could easily provide transportation from the station to individual terminals. This rail system could also connect to the newly finished high-speed rail line that runs to Tampa. To those who wish for an airport, may I suggest that you speak with the folks in Gainesville and ask their opinion first. I am always dismayed at how readily some folks are to cover vast swaths of acreage in concrete for convenience, rather than looking to create better modes of public transportation by utilizing existing infrastructure,” says Ocala resident Ian Bell.

“First, I agree with others, like myself, that mire and then realize the need for commercial flights in and out of Ocala International Airport. It’s already in the name. For those of you who can’t see or read it, get an eye exam and glasses. The airport is not JFK, O’Hara, LAX, or any other Mega Metropolitan City. Our airport doesn’t have that type of expansion area. Departing and arriving planes could be asked to follow time schedules for both. The benefits far outweigh the negatives. Those against it, pack up and remember that I-75 and I-95 run north and I-10 runs west. Keep in mind that negative arguments took away Amtrak from stopping in Ocala, and it took away bus travel as well. Those who moved here, be glad you did, and welcome to Ocala and Marion County. Those that regret it, read the sentence above about the Interstate highways,” says Robert Faeges, Ocala resident.

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