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  • 01 Feb 2016 2:13 PM | Bill Hutchison (Administrator)

    For the first time ever, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board is asking for comments from YOU, the rail-riding public, on two important proposed rule-making decisions: one concerns on-time performance standards and the other centers on whether passenger trains can continue to be given preference in transit on host railroads.

    This is one of the extremely rare times in which regulators will be watching the total number of comments, so it’s important that the regulators hear individually from all NARP members and interested rail passengers right away on both actions, but no later than the two deadlines: Feb. 8, 2016, for On-Time Performance, and Feb. 22, 2016, for passenger-train preference.

    Generally the STB limits comments to those directly related to the industry, and you can be sure that industry has already weighed in – and continues to weigh in – on these very important points. Don’t let YOUR voice get drowned out, and don’t let YOUR concerns go uncounted!
  • 01 Feb 2016 8:37 AM | Bill Hutchison (Administrator)

    From a report posted on Facebook:

    Fourteen locations in four states to have special stops

    CHICAGO -- Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission (SRC) are conducting a tour to examine new ideas for intercity passenger rail by operating an Inspection Train from New Orleans to Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19.

    The Inspection Train, hosted by Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, will carry elected officials, industry representatives, community leaders and federal stakeholders. The goal of the invitation-only trip is to examine the existing CSX railroad infrastructure and to better understand rail’s economic, cultural and mobility opportunities. It will provide an unparalleled perspective on reintroducing intercity passenger rail along the Gulf Coast.

    The special train will be at each of these stations for 10 minutes before departing at the times below (all times local). Details can be found on the SRC website.

    Feb. 18:

    • Louisiana: New Orleans, 8:45 a.m.
    • Mississippi: Bay St. Louis, 10:20 a.m.; Gulfport, 11:00 a.m.; Biloxi, 11:31 a.m.;Pascagoula, 12:16 p.m.
    • Alabama: Mobile, 1:25 p.m.; Atmore, 2:41 p.m.

    Feb. 19:

    • Florida: Pensacola, 8:00 a.m.; Crestview, 9:20 a.m.; Chipley, 11:00 a.m.; Tallahassee, 2:47 p.m.; Madison, 4:24 p.m.; Lake City, 5:35 p.m.; arriving Jacksonville at 7:15 p.m.

    The SRC recently released a study by Amtrak detailing the range of feasible service options accompanied by an analysis of ridership levels, projected revenues, and associated costs for passenger trains between New Orleans and Orlando. The models in this new study present the range of service options that will support regional economic resilience and projected population grow.

  • 28 Jan 2016 9:16 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    From I Like Mike Blog:

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 17 Jan 2016 6:15 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Lots of variables (such as whether or not the team will even leave St. Petersburg), but it is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's favorite site. This could, in turn, have a positive impact on regional commuter rail to the area.

    From the Tampa Bay Times:

    --Jackson McQuigg 

  • 15 Jan 2016 6:40 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Another hopeful sign that New Orleans Florida service will return if we all keep pushing for it!

    --Jackson McQuigg

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