23 January, 2009

FLORIDA EAST COAST High And Dry?


2178334387_dcaf99e3cf, originally uploaded by bobissouthern.

The second major carrier headquartered in Jacksonville. Why has the Florida East Coast not been a player in our ports since the 1960's? Moreover why are we investing in Port highways, putting rail on the back burner, when from 11PM until daybreak, the FEC RY floods the downtown freeways with container trucks making the ferry move from the Northsides Talleyrand Ship Terminals to Bowden Yard on the City's South Side? Wouldn't replacing the former "S" line of the Seaboard - owned by the city, open an all rail route which would greatly lessen the need for the new highways?












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