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Sunset Limited and HSR Intermodal Connections

04 May 2010 6:06 AM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)
FCRP Member Charles Dunn, MD of Coral Gables writes:
 
"Today I attended a Congressional Hearing in Miami of the House Subcommittee on Railroads chaired by Corrine Brown. Rep Mica and Oberstar were also on committee.
 
Subject was High Speed Rail Intermodal Connections.
 
After panel gave their presentations (as you have seen on C Span). Chairman Brown opened meeting for questioning of the witness panel by members of the committee.
 
First she addressed Drew Galloway Asst VP of Amtrak and said she wanted to make a statement to him, not a question.
 
She then went on to say (paraphrased): 'I want the SUNSET restored New Orleans Jacksonville Orlando. This train is vital to  transcontinental transportation and a important safety backup for evacuation in a disaster.'
 
She further said, 'I do not want the train run like Amtrak did before with long layover at @  2AM in New Orleans, or with late trains. I am holding a subcommittee hearing in Jacksonville in a few weeks at which the SUNSET will be a major item of discussion, and look forward to Amtrak appearing. We must get the train back, one way or another.'
 
After her comments, Galloway was silent.
 
I could have stood up and cheered, but held myself back. NARP will notify us of date and place of Jax hearing. Stay tuned.
 
Charlie Dunn"

Comments

  • 04 May 2010 5:49 PM | Anonymous
    You go,girl! Give 'em hell, Corrine.
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    • 05 Jun 2010 8:07 AM | Anonymous
      I agree. Lets get the Sunset Limited back on it's tracks. We need something moore than airflights to get us out of Tallahassee and we don't want to wait years for it's restoration. WE Need it NOW.
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  • 07 May 2010 8:41 PM | Anonymous
    Congresswoman Corinne Brown wanted to talk my ear off at 5th ave. North St. Augustine, FL on Sat. May 1st regarding the very same issue. In addition, I've found St. Aug. City Commissioner, Nancy Sikes-Kline to be just as forthright with the AMTRAK-FEC Corridor. Both intercity @ commuter rail. "she'll tell you we need it TODAY not in two-three more years". Go for it ladies. My hat is of to both of you.
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  • 17 May 2010 7:52 AM | Deleted user
    Now all you folks in District 3 have to do is get Ms. Brown re-elected this fall. So far she only has 1 Democrat and several other challengers.
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