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  • 01 May 2009 12:40 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)
    Tampa train travelers to gain some comfort
    
    By TED JACKOVICS
    
    tjackovics@tampatrib.com
    
    Amtrak passengers using Tampa's Union Station will benefit from a $1.6
    million federal stimulus allocation to improve the aging canopy over the
    tracks and upgrade the platform to comply with Amtrak and Americans with
    Disabilities Act standards.
    
    Overall, Amtrak is getting $1.3 billion of the $787 billion American
    Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for a variety of programs, including
    $49.2 million in Florida.
    
    The Auto Train station in Sanford will get more than $10 million for
    renovations to a station that can only accommodate between 15 percent
    and 25 percent of its passengers.
    
    In the past year, Amtrak's ridership has set national records. Tampa
    serves one-third of the passengers who travel on the daily Silver Star
    between New York and Miami.
    
    Among projects nationwide is a $20.1 million restoration of the
    historical train station in Wilmington, Del., Amtrak's 11th-busiest
    facility.
    
    That project was advertised in August, before the station's most famous
    frequent passenger, former U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, was elected vice
    president, Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero said.
    
    "I'm tired of apologizing for Amtrak," Biden said in March when he
    announced Amtrak's stimulus package, pointing out that highways and air
    systems get higher subsidies.
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
    
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  • 26 Apr 2009 4:15 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers is pleased to debut its new blog here at www.fcrprail.org

    The blog is named after our newsletter, The Silver Rail, which we have published since 1983.

    The Silver Rail blog is another example of the Coalition's new effort to utilize technology to reach out to its members and the general public at large.

    We hope you enjoy this new feature of our site!

    Sincerely,

    Jackson McQuigg

    Secretary and Board Member, FCRP

  • 06 Apr 2009 1:22 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    Here we are ready to roll out our 2nd Anuual Train day which looks to be an awesome event. As the stimulus package rolls out with high-speed rail quivering on most politicans lips it is important NOT to drop the ball. Do not be over confident that all our prayers have been answered. The tracks ahead shown clear with caution as we could be swept into a siding at any moment's notice.

    Please keep calling, emailing and faxing your representatives to maintain the fight.

    Stephen Sayles
    President FCRP

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