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Online Petition to Florida's Senators Regarding Amtrak New Orleans-Florida Service

01 Mar 2012 12:09 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

Interested in seeing Amtrak service return from New Orleans-Florida? There are many things which you can do to show your support for the return of this service.

An example of one of the simplest is by signing the online petition to Florida's Senators, available here on Change.org. 

Other suggestions can be found on our Restore Amtrak Service New Orleans-Florida page (see navigation menu at left).

--Jackson McQuigg

 

Comments

  • 03 Mar 2012 3:10 PM | Anonymous member
    Restoring the New Orleans-Jacksonville route would definitely shorten my train ride to/from California. Even if the alternative option to tie the restoration to the City of New Orleans at its namesake town would be fine. I don't mind changning trains at the crescent city one bit. It's fun to take a short trolley ride or walk to the French Quarter and enjoy some of the traditional tourist atmosphere there you can't find in most places.
    Also, Florida needs to follow California's lead in the new rail starts they made in the last few decades. Amtrak service in California is far superior than to that which is in Florida at this time.
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  • 04 Mar 2012 1:17 PM | Anonymous
    Just read in an old Tampa Bay Online that Amtrak is providing new bus service to The Villages Ehy can't Tallahassee have that to Jacksonville while we await return of the Sunset LimitedIt would be one way to get out of here!!! Anna Brandt
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    • 05 Mar 2012 2:12 PM | Anonymous member
      Long time before Amtrak started the Susnet Limited, I recall the timetables showing a Greyhound bus connection between new Orleans and Jacksonville during the 1980's
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    • 17 Mar 2012 5:35 PM | Anonymous member
      If you would not mind riding Greyhound between Tallahassee and JAX for the time being, here's your connection in JAX: Out the door of Bay St. on the south side of the bus terminal, is where the Jefferson station for the JTA Skyway station is located. Take the Skyway train to Rosa Parks Transit Station. Transfer there to JTA bus route CT4 to the door of Amtrak. Buses run half-hourly weekdays, and hourly on weekends and evenings, and the bus ride is close to one-and-a-half hours. The syway takes only a few minutes. To be safe, leave yorself a window two-and-a-half hours to connect in JAX between Amtrak and Greyhound. The bus station does have a small cafe, but there are some other decent eateries in the office buildings close by as well.
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  • 06 Mar 2012 3:40 PM | Anonymous
    Here is another reason to bring back the Sunset Limited. My grandaughter just flew in from Atlanta to visit with me, cost for rnd trip $730 plus dollars!!!. not first class just the usual cattle car accomodations ! Why?
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    • 07 Mar 2012 7:57 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)
      Excellent point! One of the reasons airfares are high to and from Tallahassee is that Tallahassee has few transportation options. The airlines have a captive audience (and only a few of them serve Tallahassee these days). Bringing Amtrak back to Tallahassee would provide more competition in transportation-- and that would ultimately benefit all travelers, whether they used the train or not!
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    • 11 Mar 2012 10:14 PM | Anonymous member
      Also, if you had to change planes along the way, is anybody going to have time to go in to town to pass the time sightseeing? Abus ride from Louis Armstrong Airport in new orleans to the French Quarter is close to an hour long. Union Terminal in New Orleans is a few minutes away. Last time I changed trains there, I had plenty of time to take in a good ol' fashioned Southern Fried chicken dinner at Papa Joe's, ride the St. Charles streetcars, and go for a ferry boat ride across the Mississippi to Algiers Island.
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