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Amtrak's Sunset Ltd

13 Mar 2012 5:28 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)
I was interviewed via phone last night regarding more follow up from WTXL the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee. Here is the video link and the article.

http://www.wtxl.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3345890

http://www.wtxl.com/content/localnews/story/UPDATE-Amtrak-responds-about-efforts-to-restore/YxdPgWT4aUa1QSKx4g7CvA.cspx

We appear to be getting some good momentum going so let's keep it up by contacting our representatives.

Stephen Sayles
Pres FCRP

Comments

  • 14 Mar 2012 12:07 AM | Anonymous
    Amtrak just announced a schedule change for the Sunset Limited to take effect in May that effectively nails the lid on the coffin for service east of New Orleans. Our best hope is for new service, New Orleans to at least Jacksonville, or possibly an extension of the CONO.
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  • 14 Mar 2012 12:13 PM | Deleted user
    In arranging this new schedule change, Amtrak has agreed to not approach UP for daily service, again, for 2 years. Given that a Republican is likely the next president, Amtrak is toast anyway since it appears to me that most Republican congresscritters, Senators, and all current Republican candidates want to shut it down totally. I believe we are barking at the wrong tree. We first need to overcome the annual political struggle for financing and keeping the existence of a so-called national network (which isn't) before we worry about trivial things like a passenger train that Florida Republicans and Amtrak don't want.

    At the risk of starting a flame war, I will state that if you are really a passenger rail supporter, you will vote for the candidate from either party that supports passenger rail, otherwise, you are a passenger rail supporter in name only, i.e. a PRSINO, sort of like a RINO.

    J. H. Sullivan
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    • 14 Mar 2012 2:19 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)
      I agree with you on the need for a permanent source of funding for a national passenger rail network. Long over due.

      And your advice on voting is spot-on, Jerry. I plan to vote against any candidate (from either party) who opposes passenger rail or otherwise tries to make it into a political football this year.

      Passenger rail is being presented as either un-American or runaway spending by some candidates. But endless roads are OK?

      Some studies show that less than 50% of the costs of roads are paid for by gas taxes! Why aren't the pols complaining about that instead!?
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      • 15 Mar 2012 11:50 AM | Deleted user
        In answer to your last sentence about roads. Check the various websites that show who paid what into politician's campaign funds and you will find that a large number, a majority, of politicians, including our favorite, are owned lock stock, barrel, and switch key by the big oil, and asphalt interests, and until we remove that from the equation, we can only fight the good fight. True, passenger rail does not compete against the airlines, only against the private vehicle, but what consumes the most gasoline --- duh --- your personal 4-wheeler. Therefore your wallet's contribution to road building is all that matters.

        J. H. Sullivan
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      • 16 Mar 2012 6:20 AM | Anonymous member
        The highway trust fund has built themselves into bankruptcy by spending way too much money on building new roads. A lot of the new roads are being built at the behst of the oil industry, greedy developers, and rural rednecks to cure their gas pedal blues. I'm sorry Sammy Hagar, if you can't drive 55, too bad. Sammy ought to consider that a blessing. HOT lanes and toll roads are sinking us in debt and are nothing more than a conduit to benefit private enterprise. Rural folks are NOT contributing their fair share to build the new roads because unlike city folks, they pay verylittle or nothing at all in local proerty taxes. Who likes paying tolls? You're nuts if you want to voluntarily pay more to drive. Toll roads and HOT lanes are not a necessity to our transportation solutions and the funding for them needs to be hacked off immediately since they don't pay for themselves.
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  • 16 Mar 2012 6:08 AM | Anonymous member
    Option #2, a daily train between New Orleans and Florida, being an extension of the City Of New Orleans is the best answer i can agree with. Yes, it means a layover for me on a trip to California, but it still saves me a day of travel. In fact, why not bring the City of New Orleans all the way to Miami down the FEC and restore through service to/from Chicago?
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