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I'm here to spread my ideas on how passenger rail can be improved in America without telling the same stories most people in the rail community have told for nearly 43 years. I offer a different perspective on passenger rail because things need to change in a hurry given divided government in Washington and an interest from outsiders to operate intercity service.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Addendum: Overhauled Amtrak Florida schedule

The Silver Star would split and be combined at Clifford Lane with only the FEC segment serving Union Terminal (a local FEC route will also serve the existing Amtrak station).  This way, Amtrak avoids having to back up at the historic station.  #91’s times have been altered because the Silver Star is expected to be put back on its original route between Petersburg and Raleigh upon SEHSR service starting. #92 has earlier times so it won’t siphon riders from #80 in North Carolina.

In order to preserve the Cross-Florida route (renamed the Silver Palm), the number of local frequencies (excluding the split Silver Star) along the FEC route has been reduced to one. The FEC Locals would be provided with surplus Horizon Cars on an interim basis (the Silver Meteor schedule is unchanged in both directions).

I have assumed that Metro Jacksonville’s rumors of a Palmetto extension to Jacksonville are verified and I've taken the extra step to send Trains #89 and #90 down the S-Line to Tampa via Ocala, once again allowing residents in that part of Florida to experience train travel. At that point, the Palmetto would be equipped with Viewliner I equipment and one of the last remaining Heritage baggage cars while the Silver Palm will get the Palmetto’s Business Class cars.


Amtrak would temporarily use this setup while the Florida DOT comes up with a plan to provide permanent corridor service. Once a plan is in place, Amtrak would likely concentrate on the Silvers and the local stops FEC service (frequencies would be doubled) and the A-Line, S-Line, and Cross-Florida local runs would then be franchised out to other operators.

SOUTHBOUND
Palmetto
89
Silver Star
91
Silver Star
991
Silver Palm
891
Silver Meteor
97
East Coast Local
875
New York
6:15
11:02
Thru Train

15:15

Washington
R9:05
R15:00

R19:30

Raleigh

19:17



Charleston
19:15


5:06

Savannah
21:08
2:32

6:50

Jacksonville-Clifford Lane
23:43
4:55

9:23

23:58
5:25
5:50

9:48
15:00
Ocala
1:43





Winter Park

8:04


12:27

Orlando-Sligh Blvd

8:41


13:10

Tampa
3:33
10:24a







12:45


Winter Haven



13:43b
14:24

Jacksonville-Union Terminal


R6:05


R15:15
St. Augustine 


6:43


15:52
Daytona Beach


7:35


16:42
West Palm Beach-S. Tamarind Ave.


D11:01
D16:13
D16:54
D19:57
Fort Lauderdale-Broward Station


D11:49
D17:12
D18:02
D20:41
Miami-Central Station


12:27
18:20
19:10
21:18

NORTHBOUND
East Coast Local
872
Silver Meteor
98
Silver Palm
892
Silver Star
992
Silver Star
92
Palmetto
90
Miami-Central Station
6:15
8:05
11:35
14:00


Fort Lauderdale-Broward Station
R6:47
R9:00
R12:30
R14:35


West Palm Beach-S. Tamarind Ave.
R7:36
R9:57
R13:27
R15:29


Daytona Beach
10:42


18:45


St. Augustine 
11:01


19:37


Jacksonville-Union Terminal
D12:18


D20:22


Winter Haven

12:10
15:44



Tampa


17:05 c







14:47
1:57
Orlando-Sligh Blvd

13:35


16:54d

Winter Park

13:52


17:11

Ocala





3:47
Jacksonville-Clifford Lane
12:33
16:48

20:37
20:07
5:32

17:08

Thru Train
20:57
5:47
Savannah

19:38

23:30
8:20
Charleston

21:23


10:00
Raleigh



6:54

Washington

D7:21

D11:11
D19:57
New York

11:06

15:13
23:47


D-Stops only to discharge passengers
R-Stops only to receive passengers
a-Stops in Lakeland at 9:50
b-Stops in Lakeland at 13:21
c-Stops in Lakeland at 16:04
d-Stops in Lakeland at 15:23