Amtrak report: Florida East Coast is most likely candidate for new passenger route

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WASHINGTON — Amtrak believes the Florida East Coast Railway route between Miami and Jacksonville, Fla., is the most likely route to get Amtrak service in the near future, the Sunshine State News has reported. Florida officials are pushing for service there, which would be the first regular passenger train on the line since 1968.
"This is great news and reinforces what we know about the project," said Doug Smith, a Martin County, Fla., commissioner. “Passenger service on the FEC corridor will create economic development opportunities from Jacksonville to Miami, boosting tourism, helping the cruise ship industry, and directly benefiting key destinations like Dayona’s international speedway.”
Amtrak’s preliminary analyses of the route suggest splitting the New York-Miami Silver Star at Jacksonville. One train would use the current CSX route to Orlando, and the other would go straight to Miami on FEC. The railroad predicts additional ticket revenue would exceed operating costs. However, the report warns, up-front capital costs could be “significant.”
Florida officials continue to seek funding and consensus on how the route would work, and no plans are in place to make the service happen.
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