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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Peach State Ramblings: Abandoned S-Line

Parts of the S-Line between Savannah and Jacksonville have been abandoned. Shortline railroads use the area between Kingsland and Yulee, FL, and as a result, extra tracks would have to be built to accompany future passenger service (a commuter rail route is planned from Jacksonville's Union Terminal to Yulee). If the right of way is still available to be restored, the line could be used for SEHSR service between Raleigh and Jacksonville and Midwest-Florida service by an independent operator, bypassing potential conflicts with CSX and Amtrak. Now, on the other hand, if eminent domain is a major issue, then, a new route should be placed in the median of I-95 or parallel to the interstate.

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