23 January, 2009

The Illusion Of A One Track Town - A SAGA OF CSX

"...As The Sun Pull's Away From The Pier, and Our Boat Sinks Slowly In The West..." (apologies to the Late Great Spike Jones)

CSX south florida, originally uploaded by bobissouthern.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, the largest railroad in the East has all of the newer terminals, in fact the entire Northside of the port locked in to their system.

If CSX is not willing to allow for City ownership and open access to the port for all roads, through the agency of a Terminal Company then the City has some work to do to provide that access for all railroads, giving our new shipping lines a choice.

If our port access is not shared then the question must be asked of CSX, why they left us out of their National Freight Corridor Plan which bypasses us for State Ports in Virginia and North Carolina?

We may be the new "Big Dog" on the block when it comes to international shipping, but no big dog is going to run for long on one leg.

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The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds. The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.

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