07 February, 2009

Possible Future Amtrak Routes from Jacksonville






Some have asked me just how much of a railroad hub Jacksonville is, in fact, others wanted to argue that Jacksonville isn't in the same league as Washington, Norfolk or Richmond. I beg to differ. If you plan to travel, to ship or to advocate for RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE then here is a short list of through routes from Jacksonville.




I included a couple that have been cut, because they are under study to reopen, You will please note that they are marked with (*) the star symbol.




NORTH

Jacksonville-Waycross-Savannah-Charleston-Richmond-Washington-New York City
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Charleston-Richmond-Washington-New York City
* Jacksonville-Kingsland-Savannah-Columbia-Raleigh-Richmond-Washington-New York City (likely the High Speed East Coast Corridor)
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Columbia-Raleigh-Richmond-Washington-New York City
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Columbia-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Washington-New york City
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Charleston-Fayetteville-Norfolk
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Charleston-Wilmington
Jacksonville-Jessup-Savannah-Augusta-Atlanta

WEST

Jacksonville-Waycross-Manchester-Atlanta-Nashville-Louisville-Chicago
Jacksonville-Waycross-Manchester-Birmingham-Nashville-Louisville-Chicago
Jacksonville-Waycross-Manchester-Birmingham-Memphis-Carbondale-St.Louis/Chicago
Jacksonville-Waycross-Montgomery-Birmingham
Jacksonville-Valdosta-Macon-Atlanta-Cincinnati-Detroit/Columbus/Cleveland/Buffalo
Jacksonville-Valdosta-Macon-Atlanta
Jacksonville-Waycross-Albany-Columbus-Birmingham-Memphis-Springfield-Kansas City
Jacksonville-Tallahassee-Pensacola-New Orleans-Houston-El Paso-Phoenix-Los Angeles
Jacksonville-Tallahassee-Pensacola-New Orleans-Baton Rouge-Shreveport-Dallas/Ft.Worth

SOUTH

Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Lakeland-Tampa
Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Lakeland-Arcadia-Ft.Myers-Naples
Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Lakeland-Tampa-Sarasota-Venice
* Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Leesburg-Tavares-Orlando
Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Alachua-Gainesville
* Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Alachua-Dunnellon-Inverness-Brooksville-Tampa
Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Lakeland-Auburndale-Orlando
Jacksonville-Baldwin-Starke-Waldo-Ocala-Lakeland-Auburndale-Sebring-West Palm Beach-Miami
Jacksonville-Orange Park-Palatka-Sanford-Orlando-Auburndale-Lakeland-Tampa-St. Petersburg
Jacksonville-Orange Park-Palatka-Sanford-Orlando-Auburndale-Sebring-West Palm Beach-Miami
Jacksonville-Orange Park-Palatka-Sanford-Orlando-Auburndale-Lakeland-Tampa-Sarasota-Venice
Jacksonville-Orange Park-Palatka-Sanford-Orlando-Auburndale-Lakeland-Arcadia-Ft.Myers-Naples
Jacksonville-St. Augustine-Daytona Beach-Melbourne-Ft. Pierce-West Palm Beach-Miami
Jacksonville-St. Augustine-Daytona Beach-Melbourne-Ft. Pierce-Pahokee-Belle Glade-Clewiston.




With over 65% of the Population of the United States within 24 hours transit time from Jacksonville, we can't miss. If y0u still have lingering doubts, that 1936 time-card from our Jacksonville Terminal wall hangs in my house, it is reprinted in the article "Highways -vs- Transit Again." Now if we could just convince our own city officials what an incredible trump card we hold in our hands. Play it FORWARD.








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