04 February, 2009

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET JACKSONVILLE - PART 1

So you'd like Jacksonville to become the rail hub of Florida again says Mayor Peyton. I'm certain that he See's that as some sort of airport where trains come and go daily with a few crew jobs and lots of seats for our citizens.
I doubt anyone in power has ever looked behind the scenes in a real railroad passenger hub, all of the hundreds of jobs and businesses that will spring to life in our city as we grow Amtrak, Commuter Rail and Regional Rail with Orlando and Tampa. We could be working with Georgia on a 3 times daily Jacksonville-Valdosta-Macon-Atlanta train... We could be fighting to get the Palmetto back, the Sunset Route and get trains back to Ocala... We could be doing a lot of things that would spell far more jobs then just building a new convention center and decent COMPACT station.
You really think this is what you want Jacksonville? Well here is PART 1 of What You Get!
Servicing the Dining Cars, food vendors, storage, master kitchens, stock tableware.

A Live Union Station with the possibility of Light Rail/Streetcar/Skyway/Amtrak/Commuter Rail all side by side.


Fuel and Water service, sand storage and supply, fuel racks and tanks


Rolling repair shop, light maintenance, full staff, highly skilled workforce



A new drive through car wash in town, with all the features, including skilled workers to polish the stainless steel.




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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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