- Mar 10, 2016
Orlando would still be served by the Tampa section of the Silver Service trains. I propose splitting the Miami and Orlando-Tampa sections at Jacksonville (at a re-opened Jacksonville Terminal Station, of course!) and Running the Miami section down the FEC, and the Orlando-Tampa section on the current route. This would also eliminate the backup move from Tampa. In addition, the Silver Meteor would also start serving Tampa so that city would have a train with a full diner. With their proposed extension to Tampa, Virgin Trains USA would eventually fill the void in Miami-Tampa service that would be left by Amtrak under this proposal.Yes, but doing so will require significant funding to set up new stations on that route, and also require permission from FECR, Brightline and Florida Dispatching Company. FECR does not have to permit Amtrak trains on discounted trackage charges since it was not a party to the original Amtrak agreement.
Also if run on the FECR it misses one of the largest markets in Florida, that is Orlando.