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Status of SunRail Legislation

  • 01 May 2009 12:12 PM
    Message # 161109

    Does anyone have the latest on this?  I'm thinking it's dead in the water thanks to Dockery.


    Ocala Mike

  • 01 May 2009 1:07 PM
    Reply # 161161 on 161109
    Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    Just posted an article from the Orlando Sentinel to our blog on this.

    SunRail won't go forward unless a miracle happens at the state legislature today.

    Jackson McQuigg

  • 02 May 2009 11:08 AM
    Reply # 162098 on 161109
    Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

    That miracle did not occur. SunRail was voted down again yesterday.

    My personal concern is that this failure will be seen by the Feds as another example of Florida's "failure to launch" on passenger rail projects, thereby hurting our chances for future rail transportation funding.

    We will see. Perhaps SunRail can be repackaged and sold another way. I think a stop in Lakeland might be a wise idea the next time around, though!

    Jackson McQuigg

  • 21 May 2009 6:05 PM
    Reply # 178593 on 161109

    Think that we have learned that going thru any entity other than Amtrak, will slow down progress and waste taxpayer's money . Amtrak have eminent domain so to speak . VRE is a great example of how Amtrak can run a commuter service. I have contacted both Mica's and Brown's office suggesting that Amtrak be brought in before the deadline on Sun Rail comes , to salvage it .

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