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  • 05 Aug 2023 7:16 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The Jacksonville-St. Augustine Commuter rail initiative, known as First Coast Rail, is being studied seriously by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority--and has been. Now, a new feasibility study is underway.

    From First Coast News:

    --Jackson McQuigg 

  • 31 Jul 2023 11:15 AM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    As I've mentioned before, FDOT has a habit of either piggy-backing on existing service or ideas that will never materialize. While our organization is excited about future travel between Tampa, Orlando and Miami, there is little to be said for the west coast. From Naples to Gainsville and even Tallahassee, the only way to get anywhere is the more dangerous way on 4 tires. A regional route from starting at Tampa and continue to Ocala, Gainesville and north to Tallahassee, would fill in a gap in where the students at 4 universities would be most appreciative. 

    As we all agree, all modes of transportation are needed to work together, however as the soon to be second most populated state, FDOT has done in this persons view, a poor job. Granted some of the Governor's have been anti-rail, it is still no excuse to not try and introduce plans to accommodate all its residents and visitors alike. 

    Shifting to Amtrak, as a resident who lives near Ocala, only bus connection is on the Silver Star which does not allow for connections on other trains. It seems to me they would benefit more by linking with the Meteor. 

    Please note, this is personal view from a member.

    Stephen Sayles

  • 30 Jul 2023 6:14 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    FDOT has recently established a website describing the proposed Sunshine Corridor and its potential. 

    You can access it here. 

    This would provide interconnectivity and additional capacity beyond the current passenger rail routes in Central Florida. 

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 30 Jul 2023 5:54 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Thanks to a team effort by the City of Tampa and Friends of Tampa Union Station (founded by FCRP), Tampa Union Station is receiving an additional $400,000 in funds for renovations, this time thanks to a State of Florida Special Category Historic Preservation Grant. 

    This is in addition to $2 million in funds raised from the City of Tampa Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency for station renovations. 

    Renovations will begin later this year. It's been over 25 years since the station's 1990s restoration and reopening.

    A grant application to the FRA's State-Federal Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program is also pending. 

    Article from Tampa Bay Business Journal (behind a paywall, unfortunately):

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 30 Jul 2023 5:51 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    More proof that trains drive economic development:

    From WFTV:

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 09 Jun 2023 12:47 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    John and Barb Thomas recently visited Deland station to report on the progress and what's being done. So far parking area and surroundings are being neatly cleared for SunRail commuters. The Station will be repaired and updated which will be a welcome site since its seen its share of patches. The maintenance of way crew has the rail piled to one side and ready to double track he main line. 

    John and Barb said to looks like it will be on schedule to begin the middle of next summer.

    Thanks Guys.

  • 21 May 2023 7:05 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    FCRP was at Train Day in Tampa as an exhibitor and recruited new members at the event!

    From WMNF:

    --Jackson McQuigg

  • 21 May 2023 7:02 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    The new station will be at the site of the current Amtrak station.

    From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

    --Jackson McQuigg

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