|News & Announcements|
FL House of Representatives-Joseph Gruters-President Trump has named Gruters to the Amtrak Board of Directors. Gruters has no history that we can find of ever being a champion of
Amtrak. If fact, his district does not have Amtrak service.
Howard Elliott- Former CSX VP Safety and Envirnment, has been appointed by the Trump administration, as Adminitrator, Pippeline, Hazardous Material Safety Adminstration. Mr. Elliotts appointment is now confirmed by the US Senate.
Trump Budget threatens long distance service for Amtrak. Call your U.S. Congressman and Senators.
Florida Commuter Rail Contract-Amtrak makes bid 2017
CSX has big Management Changes 2017
Elaine Chao appointed Secretary Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration-Ronald Batory appointed FRA Administrator
National Transportation Safety Board -Ronald Sumwalt is named NTSB Administrator
CSX downsizing Winston Yard-Lakeland Ledger-2016
CSX wants to sell Clearwater and Brooksville Subdivisions
2015 FLORIDA STATE BUDGET INCLUDES:
A state grant of 1.35 million for 9 crossing upgrades for the City of Tampa. The City will match these state funds to complete quiet zones through the downtown area.
Florida East Coast Industries, which is a subsidiary to (FEC) Railroad, wants to operate a 240 mile passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. The passenger system would average 100 miles per hour and travel from Miami to Cocoa Beach using existing FEC rail lines before branching across state to Orlando on new tracks. Stops along the way will include; Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. This project has a one billion dollar price tag thus far and is expected to increase over time. The original plan is to lease space next to the existing FDOT highway route 528 for the 40 mile section of new track. FECI is doing their best to keep this a privately funded project. Currently, Amtrak or FEC rail employees are not expected to operate the system. This project is still being planned and (FECI) All Aboard Florida still has several glitches and funding issues to work through. The project is a favorite of Congressman John Mica.
Florida Senate budget for Rail Developments-4 year plan:2013 Legislative Session through 2017