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  • 20 May 2018 11:14 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The new Tampa-Miami bus will stop directly across from Tampa Union Station.

    From South Tampa Patch:

    https://patch.com/florida/southtampa/new-bus-service-connects-tampa-sarasota-east-coast

    Tampa-Miami is one of the best city pairs on Amtrak’s Silver Star.

    —Jackson McQuigg



  • 28 Apr 2018 7:45 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    This week has been full of disappointing rail news, from cuts at Amtrak to talk of paring back Ft. Lauderdale's streetcar plans.

    But Senator Rubio's challenge to BrightLine's proposed bond financing ranks pretty high on the disappointment scale. As far as we know, few elected officials have done anything to improve the transportation system in Florida of late.

    So why antagonize the private sector company which is doing something about improving it?

    From Orlando Weekly:

    https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/04/25/marco-rubio-questions-legitimacy-of-brightline-train-financing

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 25 Apr 2018 11:22 AM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    Here is a copy of letter we have been sending out to our Representatives:

    Amtrak FCRP Letter 4-20-18.docx  

  • 31 Mar 2018 9:21 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    This week, Amtrak announced plans to exit the charter business and to effectively eliminate the haulage of private railroad cars, without warning and effective immediately.

    How does this affect you? Many nonprofit railroad preservation groups depend on Amtrak in order to operate their preserved equipment. They have now been sidelined.

    Further, Amtrak is walking away from $10 million a year in revenue with this move. That revenue is important to Amtrak since it helps it reduce its subsidy from Congress.

    To help reverse this decision, contact your elected officials and sign this petition.

    --Jackson McQuigg

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