Friday, February 6, 2009

FEC Entertains Running Passenger Trains

First Pan Am Railways, now the Florida East Coast.

FEC, a regional line running along its namesake territory from Miami to Jacksonville, has signaled its willingness to host commuter trains on the Miami - West Palm Beach segment of its route, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Twenty years ago, Florida transportation officials had eyed the FEC as the preferred route for passenger service on Florida's Gold Coast because it passed through the most populated areas of cities like Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. But FEC said no, and the service, Tri-Rail, was routed over CSX, which runs alongside I-95 most of the way.

Don't look for service to start anytime soon. The Sun Sentinel report says operations won't begin for at least six years, and the cost of upgrading the line, which has 200 grade crossings, could run as much as $6 billion.

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