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Title: The Hidden Tunnels Of Union Terminal
Post by: thelakelander on June 10, 2019, 08:32:50 AM
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During its heyday, the Jacksonville Terminal was the largest passenger railroad station in the South and served as an official gateway to worldwide travelers entering downtown, handling as many as twenty thousand passengers and 200 trains each day. Now part of the Prime Osborn Convention Center, the old passenger concourse at the Jacksonville Terminal doesn’t attract the crowds it was originally designed to facilitate. Instead of welcoming thousands of visitors to town with its grand barrel-vaulted ceiling, the terminal’s main waiting room is completely locked off from the passenger concourse except for during the occasional special event. Entombed underground just south of the main waiting room, lies the ruins of the abandoned Jacksonville Terminal Subway.

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Title: Re: The Hidden Tunnels Of Union Terminal
Post by: Jagsdrew on June 10, 2019, 11:54:34 AM
One can only wish Amtrak would move to Union Terminal to centralize some of our transportation means.
Title: Re: The Hidden Tunnels Of Union Terminal
Post by: jax_hwy_engineer on June 10, 2019, 12:43:11 PM
It would make a ton of sense with the JRTC nearing completion right next door. Greyhound, Skyway, bus, U2C (lol) and Amtrak all in one location.

One can dream
Title: Re: The Hidden Tunnels Of Union Terminal
Post by: thelakelander on June 10, 2019, 01:01:41 PM
This helps:

https://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,35553.msg492776/topicseen.html#new

Fixing this rail congestion issue has always been a key need in facilitating the return of passenger rail to downtown. I don't think most realize how important this is.
Title: Re: The Hidden Tunnels Of Union Terminal
Post by: jax_hwy_engineer on June 10, 2019, 01:19:01 PM
The article linked above and the thought that a new convention center may be in the works in the future make me think there's something behind the scenes that wishes to return the Prime Osborne to the Jacksonville Terminal. It's a cool building, and makes even more sense today as its former usage than as its current usage with all the pieces I discussed in my previous comment.