Promoting passenger trains as a transportation alternative in Florida since 1983.  We are citizens who advocate for Amtrak, commuter rail, intercity rail and transit for Florida's future.

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  • 12 Jul 2017 8:31 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Recently, FCRP President Steve Sayles was interviewed by Ocala radio station WCOA on the importance of Amtrak and the White House's negative views on maintaining a national passenger rail system.

    You may listen to his interview here:

    Good job, Steve! Remember to contact our elected officials and tell them that we need trains!

    --Jackson McQuigg 

  • 04 Jul 2017 4:42 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    As you undoubtedly know by now, the Trump Administration has proposed eliminating funding for all Amtrak long distance trains, including all 3 Amtrak trains which currently serve Florida--the Silver Meteor, the Silver Star and the Auto Train.

    If Congress decided to go along with this plan (or even a "meet me in the middle"-type compromise), this move would have an extremely negative impact on citizens and tourists using trains to and from Florida. It would also eliminate any hope of returning the Sunset Limited east of New Orleans.

    A new petition is circulating now calling for full funding for Amtrak. We are encouraging you to sign it in addition to calling Florida's Senators and your Member of Congress. The Congressional switchboard is: 202-224-3121.

    Even if you have already written or called about this issue, do so again! Multiple contacts are needed to get the point across.

    --Jackson McQuigg 

  • 16 Jun 2017 9:00 AM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    Save the long distance trains rallies are being set for all stations along the way that will lose Amtrak service under the proposed Federal OF FLORIDA!

    Speak up! Host your own rally at any station.  Go to and see how to sign up.

    Volunteers are needed for both Friday and Saturday June 23rd and 24th for rallies already planned in Tampa. If you can help, contact me for more information! 

    Stephen Sayles, President FCRP, Email:

  • 23 May 2017 5:36 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    From Fox 13 Tampa Bay:

    Speak up now! Contact your Member of Congress and Florida's Senators today by writing to them via this link. 

    Please tell them Florida needs more passenger trains and transit, not less!

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 22 May 2017 4:23 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    FCRP participated in another successful Train Day in Tampa this year. 

    There are lots of photos of the day over on Facebook (there is no need to belong to Facebook to view these photos, incidentally). 

    FCRP President Steve Sayles and others were in attendance, promoting both our Coalition and NARP. FCRP has participated since the very first National Train Day back in 2008.

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 22 May 2017 4:21 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The future of the northern terminal of Amtrak's New York-Florida trains is being very publicly discussed at present.

    From the New York Times:

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 06 May 2017 1:13 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Apparently the newspaper doesn't endorse planning ahead.

    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    --Jackson McQuigg

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