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  • 28 Oct 2009 10:26 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    This editorial from the Miami Herald correctly points out that the Legislature's inaction on Tri-Rail funding could come at a very high cost-- literally-- to Florida's taxpayers.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/1301611.html

    It's high time to find a permanent source of funding for Tri-Rail.

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 20 Oct 2009 1:06 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    As the Palm Beach Post reports, various passenger rail projects around the state vying for stiumulus funds, such as the proposed Amtrak service on the Florida East Coast Railway, sets up some intra-state competition for passenger rail dollars.

    Florida cities competing with one another or rail service? We haven't seen that in a long while! 

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/10/19/1019train.html

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 20 Oct 2009 12:59 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Recently, US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told Florida officials that it could forget about receiving stimulus funds for high-speed rail unless the state funded the SunRail system and found a permanent source of funding for Tri-Rail.

    Did Florida listen? Apparently so, according to the Tampa Tribune. A special session of the Florida Legislature might be on the way:

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/oct/20/na-december-session-onrailbid-proposed/

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 17 Oct 2009 4:18 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Kudos to FCRP and SMART member Jerry Sullivan for continuing the fight to bring Amtrak service back to the rails between New Orleans and Florida.

    Jerry was quoted in the Florida Times-Union on the occasion of a SMART (Sunset Marketing and Revitalization Team) meeting held in Jacksonville today: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2009-10-17/story/future_of_sunset_limited_train_service_through_jacksonville_unclear

    You can also hear from Jerry at FCRP's Fall Members Luncheon and Meeting, to be held in Jacksonville on November 7.

    Let's keep this fight alive! Contact your Member of Congress and Florida's US Senators today!

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 12 Oct 2009 3:49 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Given the recession and new competition for passengers Amtrak is faced with in the Northeast Corridor from companies like BoltBus, this AP story is welcome news:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091012/ap_on_go_ot/us_amtrak_ridership_2

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 10 Oct 2009 5:16 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was very clear to audiences in Central Florida on Monday of this past week.

    If it is to get any funds for high-speed or other rail projects, Florida must act now to demonstrate it is serious about passenger rail by funding SunRail, the Central Florida commuter rail system.

    From the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Political Pulse Blog:

    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2009/10/by-dan-tracy-sentinel-staff-writer--us-transportation-secretary-ray-lahood-had-a-simple-message-monday-for-the-florida-sen.h

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 09 Oct 2009 9:43 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The Florida Today newspaper on the Space Coast reports that adding Amtrak service along the Florida East Coast Railway has another benefit besides increased mobility for Floridians: jobs.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009910060313

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 03 Oct 2009 12:35 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    This week, FCRP cosigned a letter from the National Association of Railroad Passengers protesting New Jersey Transit plans to construct new tunnels under New York's Hudson River.

    The new tunnels will be dead-end bores which connect only to a new, deep-cavern station under 34th Street in New York. They will not connect to Penn Station, making them of marginal utility-- and of zero utility to Amtrak trains serving the region, including the New York-Florida trains.

    FCRP and NARP believe that any new tunnels under the Hudson should connect to Penn Station, making them of greater usefulness to all railroad passengers.

    NARP's letter can be found here: http://www.narprail.org/cms/index.php/resources/more/narp_letter_to_the_fta_regarding_the_new_hudson_river_tunnel/

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 03 Oct 2009 10:54 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/1264277.html

    This editorial from the Miami Herald links high-speed rail and Tri-Rail, arguing that if Florida expects to get Federal stimulus funds for high-speed rail, then the Legislature must step up to the plate.

    It is time, the Herald says, to find a permanent source of funding for Tri-Rail.

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 03 Oct 2009 10:45 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Disney has thrown its support behind the Tampa-Orlando I-4 high-speed rail proposal.

    Disney has offered up a parcel it owns for a station facility, as well.

    The article can be found here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/orl-high-speed-disney-100209,0,3720794.story

    --Jackson McQuigg

     

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