Amtrak, Florida reach SunRail deal

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Amtrak has apparently reached a deal with the state of Florida on liability concerns on the nascent SunRail commuter service, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal has reported. Details of the agreement weren’t immediately available, and talks are still ongoing, but Amtrak has dropped its objections.
 
“I’m just happy that we’re moving ahead,” said Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno, who serves on the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission.
 
Amtrak’s Miami-bound trains currently use the 61-mile CSX route, and the passenger railroad has insisted Florida assume most liability. Amtrak’s objections have held up the sale, a necessary precursor to the launch of service.
 
SunRail’s first phase, which is to link DeBary and the southern part of Orlando, is to be up and running next year, with full service by 2013. The federal government is expected to cover roughly half the project’s $1.2 billion cost.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Amtrak has apparently reached a deal with the state of Florida on liability concerns on the nascent SunRail commuter service, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal has reported. Details of the agreement weren’t immediately available, and talks are still ongoing, but Amtrak has dropped its objections.
 
“I’m just happy that we’re moving ahead,” said Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno, who serves on the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission.
 
Amtrak’s Miami-bound trains currently use the 61-mile CSX route, and the passenger railroad has insisted Florida assume most liability. Amtrak’s objections have held up the sale, a necessary precursor to the launch of service.
 
SunRail’s first phase, which is to link DeBary and the southern part of Orlando, is to be up and running next year, with full service by 2013. The federal government is expected to cover roughly half the project’s $1.2 billion cost.
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