[tabi] Re: Amtrak considers return to Tallahassee

  • From: "Elizabeth Bowden" <esbowden@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 15:03:16 -0400

I hope they do return, the ride to Pensacola to my parents was nice and the 
seats were more comfortable. 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 1:51 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Amtrak considers return to Tallahassee

  It looks like you may want to contact your congressional representatives 
about this.  from todays Democrat:

  July 17, 2009
  Amtrak considers return to North Florida
  By Eun Kyung Kim
  Democrat Washington Bureau
  WASHINGTON - Amtrak released a long-awaited report to Congress on Thursday 
that outlines
  options for restoring passenger rail service through north Florida.
  One of the three options listed is restoring the Sunset Limited, a tri-weekly 
  running from Los Angeles to Orlando. Damaged caused by Hurricane Katrina led 
to halting
  the service east of New Orleans, suspending stops at 13 stations, including 
  in Pensacola and Tallahassee.
  The report's second option would be extending the daily City of New Orleans 
  that runs from Chicago to Orlando, through New Orleans.
  The third option would implement daily stand-alone overnight service between 
  Orleans and Orlando.
  The report also breaks down projected financial and performance measures for 
  U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd said north Florida residents have asked about the 
  of restoring service to the Panhandle.
  "Congress will now fully examine these options, and I am looking forward to 
  closely with my colleagues in the coming months to raise awareness about the 
  of restoring this service to North Florida," the Monticello Democrat said.
  Although the Sunset Limited would have the lowest operating costs, the route 
  would have the lowest annual ridership. Even prior to Katrina, the service 
was ranked
  as one of Amtrak's biggest money-losers. None of the options mentioned in the 
  report, however, would yield a profit.
  Congress now must weigh the alternatives and direct Amtrak on its next step.

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