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  • 11 Apr 2023 4:37 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    We will be having a casual meeting on the day of Saturday May 13th, Train Day. Now i realize many of you cant make it as of short notice and transportation issues, we will post any and all updates. 

    The meeting time will be 2 pm inside station upstairs where i will reserve the room.

    Hope you will be able to attend and we realize we are over due for a meeting.

    Thanks for your understanding,

    Stephen Sayles
    Board Member

  • 28 Feb 2023 11:37 AM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    Alachua/Gainesville Commissioner's sent letter to Amtrak asking for return of Silver Star to Ocala and Alachua County.

    Service was dropped when CSX diverted all passenger traffic to A line.

    I notified them to see how we could assist.

    Stephen Sayles 

  • 01 Jan 2023 7:36 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)
  • 17 Dec 2022 2:36 PM | Stephen Sayles (Administrator)

    On December 8th Jim Tilley and assistance of Aurora Group did a presentation with Congressional Aides from Congressman Dunn's office and Congresswoman Cammack's office. The presentation was presented by our President of FCRP Jim Tilley and along with George Chilson whom many of you know as past Chair of RPA. 

    The media was in reference to Amtrak's failure to provide adequate service to Florida residence and tourists alike. Also how Brightlines model deals with real estate to offset costs and will hopefully make a large impact on what needs to be done. 

    Both offices were very receptive and would like to be kept in the loop on any activity relating to Passenger rail.

    Stephen Sayles
    Board Member FCRP 

  • 30 Oct 2022 10:22 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Good news! It's on the ballot and votes will be counted. The so-called "No Tax for Tracks" group continues to fight it in court, though.

    Hillsborough passed this referendum previously, but No Tax for Tracks and other groups have been trying to defeat it in the courthouse instead.

    --Jackson McQuigg 

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