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Amtrak, FDOT Still Negotiating on Use of Miami Intermodal Center


  • 07 Oct 2018 6:06 AM | Anonymous member
    Amtrak could have easily fixed the problem by going back to running split operations of Silver service trains south of either Jacksonville or Orlando of half a dozen or so cars each to both Miami and Tampa. That would end the short platform problem in Miami for practically no cost, with maybe the exception to reopen the service facility in Tampa.
    Split service south of Jacksonville to Miami could help get service started on that long sought after FEC routing down the east coast, while the Tampa section could stay on its present routing through Orlando. Split service south of Orlando would help return twice daily service between Tampa and New York, and proivide a better variance of scheduling during different times of the day between Miami and Winter Haven, instead of having both trains operating an hour or two apart from each other. Retention of direct through service between Tampa and Miami could be maintained by restoring the former Silver Palm daytime coach only train. That would be my recommendation to dispense with the short platform problem in Miami and service could start almost immediately.
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