Right. But as I read the report, Amtrak's "new and improved" Gulf Wind would go to Orlando.
Didnt know Amtrak wanted to put 6 trains through here. Like you, I hope I live to see that.
I think the reason Amtrak wants to run the train to Orlando is because of their maintenance facility in nearby Sanford. That and for Orlando/Disneybound passengers.
You're right about Jacksonville having better rail facilities and infrastructure. Ever been in the Orlando station on Sligh Blvd? Its pretty, historic (needs another restoration), but WAY too small for the number of passengers that pass through there. It only has one mens room and one womens room. As I recall, the SMALL mens room has 2 urinals, one toilet, and 2 sinks. Our Amshack has a better men's room.
A revived Jacksonville Terminal could easily handle 6 trains - or more (Unless the JTA butts in & fx it up) Who knows? Maybe Corrine could even get us a maintenance facility here, too.
There is MUCH MORE to this FECI announcement then meets the eye's of the press. The whole project is linked to the extension of the Northeast Corridor to Miami via Jacksonville and the Florida East Coast. This has been a Public-Private partnership for a long time, and CSX as well as NS are in it up to their roller bearings. The CSX applied for a massive capacity expansion of it's Washington - Jacksonville route a couple of years ago. Meanwhile the Carolina-Virgina segment is moving up incrementally from 79 - 110 mph +. This corridor is being done right and they are 'training' a auto-centric southern population to use rail by adding trains between Charlotte - Raleigh and DC.
Current Passenger Service
North Carolina's Amtrak Local Trains
North Carolina's Amtrak is a fleet of two state supported trains, the Piedmont and Carolinian which provide six trains daily to Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and nine other North Carolina cities.
Amtrak National Thru Trains
Five thru trains including the Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Silver Star make selected city stops through the state on their way to destinations south to New Orleans and Miami and north Washington D.C. and New York.
North Carolina Passenger Train Fast Facts
A total of over 900,000 passengers boarded trains in North Carolina in 2011.
Train travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte has been reduced by over an hour since the service began in 1995.
North Carolina has 3,384 miles of railroad track and 12 passenger trains serving 16 cities daily.
Over the past 15 years,
The N.C. Department of Transportation has invested about $300 million in the state's intercity passenger rail service, including renovation or construction of train stations, track work improvements and corridor preservation.
Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor Development
The U.S. Department of Transportation designated Charlotte to Washington, D.C. as a high-speed rail corridor in 1992. In 1998, SEHSR was expanded south to Macon, Ga. and to Jacksonville, Fl.
North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia partnered to form a 4-state coalition to develop the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor to provide frequent, reliable passenger trains that can travel at top speeds of 90-110 miles per hour, and an average speed of 86 mph.
The corridor is being developed incrementally, upgrading existing railroad right of way.
Benefits of the SEHSR
New maps just out of USDOT put those trains into Atlanta quite soon. From Atlanta the corridor turns south straight to Jacksonville. (although how straight, directly to JAX, or VIA Savannah might depend on how much PULL our city will offer). Norfolk Southern tipped their hand the other day when the CEO said, 'Any future passenger trains on the NS would be operated by the NS!' Guess where the NS and the CSX will hook into that Florida East Coast public-private partnership? Yeah, you guessed it.... JACKSONVILLE TERMINAL.
So will the JRTC or something like it get built.
Was the Miami Intermodal Center part of this FECI PLAN or Florida HSR?
YES AND YES, HOWEVER THIS IS BIGGER THEN EITHER AND UNCLE SAM AND HIS LITTLE DOG RICK, ARE BACKING IT.
Will the FECI 'study' show a demand and will they launch?
Could those trains ever reach Jacksonville?
"TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!"
Will Amtrak survive as we know it?
ALL BETS ARE OFF.
So some future date will we be able to jump on a train for NYC or DC or ATLANTA or CHARLOTTE?
MIGHT AS WELL START PACKING YOUR BAGS NOW, THIS TRAIN IS COMING.
Will the GOP try to stop this from happening?
NOT A CHANCE, THEY'LL TWIST THE DETAILS TO MAKE IT LOOK 100% PRIVATELY OPERATED... BUT DON'T KID YOURSELVES.
Could Mica and the Amtrak hackers stop the 'Sunset Limited - Gulf Wind' from happening?
LET'S JUST SAY IT'S DROPPED TO PRIORITY NUMBER 34,567.
Is Rick Scott involved in the FECI-Passenger Rail Deal?
CAN YOU SPELL P-O-L-I-T-I-C-I-A-N? THE BOY SMELLS LIKE CREOSOTE ALREADY.
Will a GOP sweep in November kill this?
NOT UNLESS THEY WANT TO GET RUN OVER BY A TRAIN.
Now to your question BackInJax, changing out cars in Jacksonville, assuming that this train ever runs again, would be the same thing as running it through to Orlando. The additional benefit is they won't have to service it in Orlando, and the Locomotive miles are saved. For a passengers asleep in 'bedroom B and C' they'll never know the train they boarded as the Sunset/Gulf Wind is now part of the West Coast Champion.
Ah the crystal ball is shining brightly tonight.