Governor Rick Scott today visited Port Tampa Bay to celebrate the arrival of the new SkyConnect trains and discuss Florida’s continued investments into airports and ports.
Governor Scott said, “We recently learned that Florida is number two in the United States for airline passengers. By investing over $1 billion in state funding in our airports over the past six years, we are making sure that Florida’s infrastructure is on the cutting edge and can support our growing economy. Today, I was proud to attend the arrival of Tampa International Airport’s new SkyConnect trains. As the airport continues their renovations, these trains will help accommodate the millions of future passengers that the Tampa International Airport will welcome.”
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Dew said, “Governor Scott’s record setting investments in transportation infrastructure have led to an economic revival across the state. The delivery of the SkyConnect cars from Japan, represents how interdependent our state transportation infrastructure has become and reflects how critical partnerships are to our transportation system.”
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said, “This is an exciting day that would not have come without vision of the staff, the support of our local business partners and the financial commitment of Governor Scott and our Tampa Bay legislative delegation. The new SkyConnect trains will provide a seamless commute to TIA’s new rental car facility while providing just one more reason why Tampa International is the best airport in the country.”
The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget signed by Governor Scott last month included more than $263 million for aviation improvements, and since 2011, the State of Florida has invested more than $1 billion in Florida’s airports. Florida airports account for 1.3 million Florida jobs with an annual payroll of $44.5 billion, and support more than $144 billion in annual economic activity. Florida has four large hub airports, more than any other state.