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Monday, January 31, 2011

Addendum: Amtrak and PPP routes

This is the follow-up to my September 27 article. The graphics cover the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle combination that Amtrak is proposing and two new southern transcontinental routes operated under a public-private partnership.


The eastbound routes

Amtrak Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited
New Amtrak Route
Rail Consortium Transcontinental
Desert Limited
Rail Consortium Central
Gulf Wind
Los Angeles
23:30
7:02
Phoenix@
14:28a
14:43a
Maricopa
8:19
8:29
Tucson
10:17
16:50
10:37
17:10
El Paso
16:41
23:17
17:25
0:01
San Antonio
6:50
13:05
Route continues to Chicago at 7:40
7:50
13:50
Houston
11:58
17:55
12:10
18:10
6:10
Baton Rouge
1:45
13:45
New Orleans
21:00
3:15
15:15
4:15
16:15
Mobile
7:40
19:40
Pensacola
10:19
22:19
Tallahassee
15:59
3:59
Jacksonville-Union Terminal
20:08
8:08
20:38
8:38
Orlando-LYNX Station
22:53
10:45
23:08
11:00
Tampa-Union Station
1:10
13:10
Now, for the westbound routes

Rail Consortium Central
Gulf Wind
Rail Consortium Transcontinental
Desert Limited
New Amtrak Route
Amtrak Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited
Tampa-Union Station
19:25
7:25
Route arrives from Chicago at 22:30
Orlando-LYNX Station
21:35
9:35
21:45
9:45
Jacksonville-Union Terminal
0:20
12:20
0:50
12:50
Tallahassee
3:42
15:42
Pensacola
8:41
20:41
Mobile
11:23
23:15
New Orleans
15:21
3:21
16:21
4:21
9:45
Baton Rouge
17:51
5:51
Houston
1:16
13:16
18:25
13:31
18:35
San Antonio
17:30
23:00
18:05
1:10
El Paso
5:46
11:51
6:30
12:35
Tucson
12:44
18:49
13:15
19:20
Maricopa
20:47
20:57
Phoenix@
16:45b
17:00b
Los Angeles
0:35
5:05
Important notes
@ At first, the Desert Limited will call Union Station home. In the future, long-distance trains will relocate to Sky Harbor International Airport
a-Times will be 10 minutes later upon Phoenix station relocation
b-Times will be 10 minutes earlier upon Phoenix station relocation
Phoenix will serve as the temporary western terminus until the Southern Pacific tracks are restored. Once that happens, the Desert Limited will be extended to Los Angeles
Shortly after the launch of the Desert Limited, the eastern terminus will be moved from Orlando to Tampa