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Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium

Northwest Florida leaders today wrapped up two days of talks about transportation.
The Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium looks at everything from traffic to trains. To better the region.

President Obama is funding $300 billion of improvements nationwide.
The goal is to not forget about Northwest Florida when it comes to infrastructure.
Governor Rick Scott's transportation budget is the largest it's ever been at $10.2 billion.
Our flood-damaged roads were being used as a spring board for improvements.
"There has been a great concern about how we build out infrastructure in the future to address these 1 in 100 year events," said Gene Valentino.
Many ideas looked towards making communities more pedestrian friendly.
"The DOT Secretary is specifically involved when considering the future design of roads, turn out lanes for buses, bike paths, sidewalks, and baring many of the utilities that have been not only eye sores but hazards for driving," said Valentino.

Some people say these ideas are needed in Pensacola.
"Pensacola is a wonderful city and I don't think enough people know about that and I think it will just bring in tourists and it would just also make it a walking city for everyone who already lives here," said Ginger Caro.
Other possible future projects included bringing back the Amtrak rails. 
"We might be looking at some more inundated technologies that make rail of the future much more palatable and useable," said Valentino.

Transportation secretary Ananth Prasad says infrastructure is also used as a lure to bring businesses to our area.
"If Bass Pro Shop is looking to relocate here and the only hesitation on their part is that they need a little bit of infrastructure in place we will comment to that infrastructure. But, I don't want to commit to infrastructure  and hope and pray they come," said Ananth Prasad.

All of these projects were just ideas being discussed , but could possibly be added to our area in the future.