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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #60 on: August 03, 2018, 10:16:07 AM »
I'm not sure about that. Neither Tampa or Jax is getting anything until Orlando is operational anyway. Have they even started construction on the Beach Line segment yet? It will take a while to build all the grade separated crossings they'll need.
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #61 on: August 04, 2018, 10:07:06 AM »
Beach line?  Are you talking about the new 528 run?
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2018, 10:13:40 AM »
Yes 528.
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2018, 05:10:40 PM »
They need to hurry up. Our son was scheduled on a flight from JFK to JAX on Thursday (he originally flew from Europe). It was cancelled, and he was rebooked for Friday. Also cancelled. Delta airlines could not get him on another fight until Sunday. He is currently on Amtrak, arriving tomorrow morning! >:( If we had Brightline to Orlando it would help tremendously in terms of getting on international flights.

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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #64 on: August 06, 2018, 07:30:00 AM »
I don’t think it would help us get more international flights. Most likely, we would take Brightline to Orlando for international flights.

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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #65 on: August 06, 2018, 08:24:11 AM »
Yes, that is what I meant. Take the Brightline to Orlando to catch a flight. It will not have an impact on international flights from Jax.

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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #66 on: August 07, 2018, 12:40:30 AM »
I'm not sure about that. Neither Tampa or Jax is getting anything until Orlando is operational anyway. Have they even started construction on the Beach Line segment yet? It will take a while to build all the grade separated crossings they'll need.

No construction north of west palm has started. When they do start it’ll depend how they bid the job. They may give it to three separate contractors who are responsible for a segment. No one knows yet. If I’m a contractor though, I want the 528 stretch.
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #67 on: August 07, 2018, 12:42:11 AM »
They need to hurry up. Our son was scheduled on a flight from JFK to JAX on Thursday (he originally flew from Europe). It was cancelled, and he was rebooked for Friday. Also cancelled. Delta airlines could not get him on another fight until Sunday. He is currently on Amtrak, arriving tomorrow morning! >:( If we had Brightline to Orlando it would help tremendously in terms of getting on international flights.
My flight from FLL to LGA got canceled Friday. Had to literally cancel my whole trip, they were getting tornadoes in NY. Just bad luck I guess
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #68 on: August 12, 2018, 01:35:58 PM »

I wouldn't get too excited about Brightline going to Tampa.  So far they've failed to raise the money needed to build to Orlando.   


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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #70 on: November 17, 2018, 06:50:59 PM »
I think this is a good sign.  ;D

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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #71 on: November 20, 2018, 01:47:12 PM »

I wouldn't get too excited about Brightline going to Tampa.  So far they've failed to raise the money needed to build to Orlando.

Maybe they will just come to Jax instead.
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #72 on: November 20, 2018, 04:44:33 PM »
What I find interesting is that Brightline/Virgin Trains has some documentation for their IPO where they mention the Tampa/Orlando route and then go on to say they own nothing for that, including the real estate. Then mention the Las Vegas to LA route, which then highlights the Victorville station which is not quite convenient to LA. Wonder if the IPO is meant to fund places they don't have a footprint and once they see what the market holds for them, they'll see if Atlanta to Miami is feasible through Jacksonville.

I just find it highly unusual that no mention for any Jacksonville expansion which could be done at a fraction of their Orlando/Tampa and Vegas/LA route. Then again, all 4 of those markets are much larger than ours so they'd only need like 14% of daily commuters for the Tamps/Orlando route to be profitable.

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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #73 on: November 20, 2018, 04:58:21 PM »
2017 MSA populations not included the millions of tourist that travel to all these places:

LA - 13,353,907
Miami - 6,158,824
Riverside - 4,580,670
Tampa - 3,091,399
Orlando - 2,509,831
Vegas - 2,204,079

Jacksonville - 1,504,980

There's a $$$ reason they're being mentioned and made priorities over Jax.
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Re: Brightline ready to expand rail system to Tampa
« Reply #74 on: November 20, 2018, 10:09:05 PM »
A route to Jax also includes Daytona Beach and St. Augustine which are pretty healthy tourist draws.
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