Golden age of rapid rail service envisioned for Florida

November 6, 2013

From Florida Today, November 4, 2013:

Passenger rail service was a big part of Florida’s — and Brevard County’s — past. And it looks as if paying customers will soon be rolling down the tracks that run along U.S. 1 through the county again…

Could the golden age of rail travel be making a comeback?

Modern Florida — or the state’s East Coast at least — was more or less invented by railroad magnate Henry Flagler…

Passenger rail service remained vital to Florida for decades. Over the years, Brevard County had nearly 30 mainline railroad stations in Titusville, Cocoa and Melbourne as well as such small places as East Aurantia, Frontenac, Pineda, Sarno and Tillman.

Eventually, they faded into history as travelers opted for the speed of airline travel and flexibility of automobiles…

Now, trains are poised to make a comeback in Florida as a way to move more people in a state clogged with highway traffic. And plans center on the very same rail line Flagler first laid down more than a century ago…

Rest of the story in Florida Today

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