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FCRP's Message Boards/Discussion Forum

  • 26 Apr 2009 3:49 PM
    Message # 156994
    Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Welcome to FCRP's new message boards/discussion forum.

    Chat here with other FCRP members about passenger rail issues affecting our state. You will need to be a FCRP member and to subscribe to the Boards to participate.

    The message boards, like our blog, new e-mail system, and new membership database program are powered by our new software, Wild Apricot.

    Join in!

    Sincerely,

    Jackson McQuigg, Secretary and Board Member, FCRP

  • 11 May 2009 3:21 PM
    Reply # 171020 on 156994
    Anonymous
    Is there any promising news on The Sunset Limited return?
  • 11 May 2009 10:27 PM
    Reply # 171294 on 156994

    Sketchy information in a recent St. Petersburg Times:

     

    Rail to New Orleans in limbo

    Amtrak's Sunset Limited service between Orlando and New Orleans has been supend-ed since Hurricane Katrina. When is it going to resume?

    Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, damaging the CSX railroad tracks and causing the suspension of Amtrak's Sunset Limited route to New Orleans from Orlando.

    The tracks have been repaired, but Amtrak has reservations about resuming the route, citing dwindling ridership (81,000 in 2005, after 96,000 in 2004).

    But politicians and community groups in at least three states are starting to apply pressure to have the route reinstated, according to a recent article on jacksonville.com, Web site of the Florida Times-Union.

    Amtrak says a feasibility study will be submitted to Congress by July, and supporters are optimistic about their chances because of President Barack Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden's past support for Amtrak while they were in the Senate.

     

    Guess we're waiting for that "feasibility study."

     

     

    Ocala Mike

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