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Florida High Speed Rail – Inside Florida Transportation Politics


Say No to TollsFormer Orange County mayoral candidate, Sally Baptiste was our special guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio, Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 7 PM EST.   A highly recognized transportation activist, Sally works to educate the public concerning the Governmental waste of taxpayers dollars, specifically on the endless miles of toll roads in the state of Florida.  As Floridians are already paying taxes on such issues, she points out that the government continues to impose taxes on roads that are already bought and paid for by taxpayers.

Now, as Florida looks to build a high speed rail to run through the Tampa – Orlando – Miami corridor, Sally Baptiste works to further point out the waste of taxpayers money for this project that will cost Floridians a staggering $11.5 billion.   For her second appearance on the show, we discussed various topics of great concern for every Florida taxpayer, as well as what Sally calls the “selling off of America.”

Thursday, 2-11-10Florida High Speed Rail – Inside Florida Transportation Politics

“The Florida High Speed Rail proposal,  Private Public Partnerships,  fiscal irresponsibility and the selling off of America.  Former Orange County mayoral candidate and transportation activist,  Sally Baptiste returns as our special guest to discuss the Governmental waste of your tax dollars and her role in the September, 2009 Tea Party movement in Washington, D.C.”    Visit her website at:

A special 2 hour broadcast for all our Florida listeners, as well as anyone concerned with the waste of taxpayers dollars by our own government.

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If you’re concerned with the cost proposal for the high speed rail project, there will be a High Speed Rail 2010 Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 4th – 5th.

Also, an event for the North America’s High Speed Rail Industry in Washington, D.C. on April 19th – 21st.

Thanks to all our listeners, callers and chat room participants during the show.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Florida High Speed Rail – Inside Florida Transportation Politics. - Post a Comment

  1. Car Transport

    As a auto shipping company based in Florida our drivers are on the roads of Florida continually. I know there are a lot of people behind this project and others who think this high speed rail will be a complete failure. The real argument over the project is based on really one main point. “Are the people going to use it?” If it is used by the people living and visiting here than I think it will be a success in two ways, from my prospective. One being it will reduce traffic on the interstates which makes life much easier for our drivers. Second it will help reduce pollution. Is it a huge gamble if it will work or not? YES, it definitely is, but if they properly did their homework than we will see the results. I think these rail systems would be better suited in areas like the Northeast where lots of people don’t have cars and would be more inclined to use the system.

  2. Allen Smith

    I am not up-to-par on this entire high speed rail issue . . . I see many for it, yet I see many against it as well. Once they get off the train at destination, they will still need to find or provide transportation to their final destination, still placing autos, etc., on the highways.

    It would be great to reduce traffic congestion, especially here in Florida. Conservative estimates for the plan is $11.5 billion. Phase 1 – Tampa to Orlando, $3.5 billion and phase 2 – Orlando to Miami, $billion. As history proves, the first figures are normally way under. Sally Baptiste, who specializes in these issues, estimates actual cost at $40 to $45 billion.

    I haven’t made up my mind on this issue yet, but hopefully we will hear both sides of the issue on the show this evening.

    Thanks for the post ….


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