Year in Review: Transit tech, projects that caught OBJ readers’ attention in 2017


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A necessary component for any major city is transportation, and for Orlando — which attracts 68 million annual visitors — it’s especially important.

The theme park capital of the world already boasts of a world-class airport, award-winning restaurants and company headquarters — which is why road projects and more transit options are important in allowing an easier commute for both residents and visitors.

Those major transit projects include the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project, which includes revamping 21 miles of Interstate; the $1.3 billion SunRail commuter rail that’s expanding; and the $3.5 billion Orlando-to-Miami Brightline train that will connect at Orlando International Airport.

It’s probably no surprise that these projects and others are among the seven most-read transportation stories we shared in 2017. Here’s a breakdown of the top seven:

Brightline starts site work for $2B Orlando connection: The nearly $2 billion second phase of the project — which is expected to create 6,600 metro Orlando jobs and offer a boost to our local tourism market — includes an extension of the rail system from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport’s $682 million Intermodal Terminal Facility.

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