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  1. Lunican

    SunRail

    1. Sunset Ltd.-- This train is canceled east of New Orleans indefinitely 2. Silver Service-- This is two separate trains, two northbound and two southbound daily 3. Auto Train-- Terminates north of Orlando in Sanford 4. Grand Luxe-- This will not be an additional train. It will be several cars on the end of Silver Service Amtrak trains.
  2. Commuter rail could be cheaper than light rail because it could use existing tracks. Light rail would have to be an entirely new system. A train from downtown to the beach would be great though.
  3. Freight railroads are highly opposed to allowing passenger trains on their tracks. It drastically interferes with their operation and puts commuters on their property, which is a huge liability.
  4. Lunican

    SunRail

    This article has echoed my points.
  5. Lunican

    SunRail

    They move through at any time. Here is a little trip back in time to 1998 when the same thing played out with LYNX. Optimistic LYNX in negotiations Deal falls through maybe someone learned something from that and they can try another approach this time around.
  6. Lunican

    SunRail

    No not at all, in fact I will feel just the opposite (but who cares what I feel). I hope I'm proven wrong. I just thought I could add some insight to this issue, even though I know it's not what anyone here wants to hear. Consider yourselves more informed than most on the issue.
  7. Lunican

    SunRail

    I don't think the state has any idea how these negotiations are going to proceed. Yes, the mayor of Winter Park is quoted as saying that he wants to see freight trains taken off the CSX tracks. The fact that no one suggested the need for more trucks without trains is a problem. No one has thought about it. OUC burns several train loads of coal a day at their Stanton Energy Plant, each train the equivalent of 200-300 trucks. What do you suggest as an alternative to shipping by rail other than truck? article here And no this won't have any impact on my job.
  8. Lunican

    SunRail

    Hey now you're on to something... Just to aggravate everyone a little further with another angle: Lets say tomorrow a deal is struck and the tracks are sold to whoever for commuter rail. All the freight that was previously moved by rail to local businesses will have to move by truck over the roads. So after adding thousands of trucks to the roadways, you better hope the commuter train can get some high ridership numbers and take tens of thousands of cars off the highways. I'm all for commuter rail, we just need to think it through carefully.
  9. Lunican

    SunRail

    This is a perfect example of taking a simplistic view of the situation. Yes there is an alternate route south through the state for them to operate on, but what about the customers they serve along this route? Not to mention Taft Yard, the CSX intermodal terminal, a UPS terminal, and a CSX Transflow terminal that are all served by this route with no alternative.
  10. Lunican

    SunRail

    These projects are proposed throughout the country for cities facing the same issues as Orlando. Many of these proposals are based on seizing the right of way from the railroad with little or no compensation. Unfortunately these propsals are created by people that do not understand railroading or the fact that they can not use their powers of eminent domain over the railroad-- which allows cities to acquire property for public interest projects even if they are not for sale. Hasn't Orlando released many plans with much fanfare about this issue over the past 15 or 20 years? The problem is they DO think it is going to fly...why they think that remains a mystery. Don't give up on it though, it would be a great asset to the area.
  11. Lunican

    SunRail

    I dont think CSX has (or wants to) publicly and definitively say "NO" to the whole thing for PR reasons, but they've stated the criteria that has to be met at a minimum. It is doubtful that the state/county/city fully understand the implications of meeting the criteria and the costs involved. It really just comes down to money. If they want to do it, and they have the cash, it can happen. CSX will not subsidize this project. As for these articles that are being printed in the papers about this, they treat the dealings with CSX as an afterthought or as a minute detail of the deal, when in actuality it IS the deal.
  12. Lunican

    SunRail

    Commuter rail is nothing but trouble for CSX so they are not going to agree to something that causes them headaches and costs them money. I personally would love to see commuter rail in Orlando, but the concerns CSX has are valid. Here is why they are opposed to it: 1. It eats up their capacity to run freight. 2. It dramatically increases their liability. 3. It requires expensive upgrades to the infrastructure. 4. The commuter operator would be incapable of properly training engineers to operate on a mainline. 5. CSX would be responsible for dispatching these trains as is the case with Tri-Rail. Its not impossible but it will be very hard for these obstacles to be overcome. Why would CSX volunteer for something that complicates their business and costs them a lot of money? No proposal to date has included a figure high enough to cover the costs.
  13. Lunican

    SunRail

    See this is what I don't understand. The city or county just assumes they will be able to use those tracks, when CSX has no intention of allowing it. They have definately not made any progress in talks with CSX. In fact, I know that the propositions that Orlando has brought to the railroad have been viewed as ridiculous.
  14. Lunican

    SunRail

    Unless Orlando can come up with the money and desire to build CSX an alternate route around Orlando, this will not happen. CSX will not allow light rail to operate on its tracks with freight trains, period. Sorry for the bad news.
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