The train also has to compete with the cost of a rental car. A full size car rental at the Orlando Airport is only $168.00 for seven days.
Don't forget that passenger rail service on FEC has failed TWICE...actually 3 TIMES if you include the debacle when Ed Ball ran FEC. That was when people actually rode the trains.Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
It appears that AAF doesn't have a solid passenger rail business plan but merely intends to jump aboard the federal government's intercity passenger rail gravy train in order to secure loans to construct rails, upgrade crossings, and provide infrastructure needed for its projected near-future increase in freight traffic heading north from the Ports of Miami and Everglades. If you go to the FECR/PortMiami website it talks about increasing freight as soon as the Panama Canal widening project and the PortMiami channel deepening project are completed next year. If you look at the map on their website it shows the freight trains going up the AAF tracks along the coast.
Clever strategy by FIG/FEC/FECI/FECR/AAF because there is a lot of FRA RRIF loan money, over $30B, available for passenger trains, but very little for freight trains.