Passenger Rail on the Flager Line

(Amtrak - FEC Corridor Project)

       

 

For more than twenty years, Council has been involved in efforts to restore passenger service on the Florida East Coast (FEC) Corridor (see history below). Most recently, Council has participated in development of the state-initiated “Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project” to enable Amtrak to operate passenger train service on the FEC corridor between Jacksonville and Miami with new stations in eight cities:
     
St. Augustine  
 

Daytona Beach

 
 

Titusville

 
  Cocoa  
  Melbourne  
  Vero Beach  
  Fort Pierce  
  Stuart  

Image: Flagler Museum Website

Schedule of Public Workshops and City Commission/Council Meetings

January 18, 2011: Statewide Passenger Rail Commission meeting (Jacksonville, Florida) Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project Presentation: (PowerPoint)

Passenger Rail Commission website: http://www.floridarailcommission.com

 

Federal Stimulus Funding Application

 
The 2008 US elections brought with them a shift in Federal priorities and a heightened emphasis on transit as a growing part of the national transportation network. The US government has funded transit at the national level since the 1950s, with the total Federal investment increasing annually over time. With the Obama administration, transit in all forms, from high speed and intercity passenger rail to trolleys and buses, has been identified for significant funding increases at the Federal level, particularly as a key component of the 2009 Federal stimulus package (termed ARRA, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), which allocated $787 Billion towards projects and programs to stimulate the US economy.

One new program under the ARRA is the "High Speed / Intercity Passenger Rail" (HSIPR) program, which authorized an initial $8 Billion for eligible projects across the nation. FDOT submitted four projects for this first round of funding, for which applications were due in October 2009, but only one Florida project (partial funding for the high speed rail segment from Tampa to Orlando) was selected for funding.
 
FDOT summary of all Federal economic stimulus applications
 
October 2009 FDOT grant application for the Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project (warning: 37 MB PDF download)
2010 HSIPR Funding Application – Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project
 
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Resolutions and Letters of Support

 
The Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project has received support from a broad range of local governments, MPO/TPOs, regional planning councils, agencies, business organizations (such as chambers of commerce, tourist development councils, hotel/motel associations, realtor associations, economic development agencies, and others), neighborhood associations, citizens groups, and individuals. The project has also received support from statewide organizations such as the Florida League of Cities, the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida Regional Councils Association, and the statewide MPO Advisory Council. To date, Council has received copies of 160 resolutions and letters (see below) along with more than 1,100 petition letters from the public, all of which have been forwarded to the offices of Florida’s Governor and the FDOT Secretary. In addition, the 2010 HSIPR project application includes letters of support from Governor Crist; US Senators LeMieux and Nelson; US Representatives Hastings, Klein, Kosmas, Posey, Rooney, and Wasserman-Schultz; Florida Senators Altman and Negron; and Florida Representative Snyder.

 

Adopted Resolutions and Letters of Support as of August 2010

 

County

Resolution#

Date Adopted

1 Beachside Neighborhood Watch
Volusia
letter
14-Jan-10
2 Belle Glade, City of
Palm Beach
15-Jun-09
3 Boca Raton, City of
Palm Beach
14-Apr-09
4 Boynton Beach, City of
Palm Beach
7-Jul-09
5 Brevard Community College
Brevard
16-Sep-09
6 Brevard County Government (BOCC)
Brevard
15-Sep-09
7 Brevard County Historical Commission
Brevard
letter
12-Jul-10
8 Brevard Workforce Development Board, Inc.
Brevard
9-Sep-09
9 Broward MPO
Broward
Apr-10
8-Jul-10
10 Bunnell, City of
Flagler
7-Jul-09
11 Business Development Board of Martin County
Martin
8-May-09
12 Canaveral Port Authority
Brevard
19-Aug-09
13 Cape Canaveral, City of
Brevard
2009-29
1-Sep-09
14
Central Florida MPO Alliance
Brevard, Lake Marion, Orange,
Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumpter
& Volusia
16-Oct-09
15 City of Melbourne Airport Authority
Brevard
16-Sep-09
16 Cloud Lake, Town of
Palm Beach
13-Aug-09
17 Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Brevard
9-9-2009
23-Jun-10
18

Cocoa Beach Area Hotel & Lodging Association

Brevard

letter

1-Sep-09

19

Cocoa, City of

Brevard

2009-64

23-Jun-09

20

Cocoa, City of - Station Location LPA

Brevard

2010-083

23-Jun-10

21

Cocoa Beach, City of

Brevard

2009-31

17-Sep-09

22

Cocoa Main Street (Greater Cocoa Community Partnership)

Brevard

09-01

23-Sep-09

23

Cocoa Redevelopment Agency

Brevard

09-01

1-Sep-09

24

Crist, Charlie - Governor

Florida

letter

5-Aug-09

25

Daytona Beach , City of - Station Location LPA

Volusia

10-158

16-Jun-10

26

Daytona Beach , City of

Volusia

09-241

9-Sep-09

27

Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Volusia

letter

17-Dec-09

28

Daytona Beach Young Professionals Group

Volusia

letter

05-Jan-10

29 Daytona Beach "Save Our Neighborhoods"

Volusia

letter

12-Jan-10

30

Davie, Town of

Broward

2009-134

3-Jun-09

31

Delray Beach, City of

Palm Beach

19-09

21-Apr-09

32

Delray Beach CRA

Palm Beach

09-02

28-May-09

33

Downtown Melbourne

Brevard

letter

16-Jul-10

34

Economic Council of Martin County

Martin

09-2009

8-May-09

35

Economic Development Commission
of Florida's Space Coast

Brevard

letter

31-Aug-09

36

East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Orange, Seminole, Brevard,
Lake, Osceola & Volusia

letter

22-Jul-09

37

Edgewater, City Council

Volusia

2010-R-11

21-Jun-10

38

Enterprise Flagler (economic development collaborative)

Flagler

09-04

27-May-09

39

Fellsmere, City of

Indian River

09-H

16-Apr-09

40

Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

Flagler

2009-01

29-May-09

41

Flagler County Government (BOCC)

Flagler

2009-24

18-May-09

42

Flagler County Palm Coast Homebuilders

Flagler

09-01

7-May-09

43

Florida Association of Counties

State-Wide

letter

23-Jun-09

44

Florida High Tech Corridor Council

23-County Service Area
of USF, UCF & UF

letter

30-Sep-09

45

Florida Historical Society

State-Wide

letter

2-Oct-09

46

Florida MPO Advisory Council

State-Wide

letter

5-Aug-09

47

Florida Redevelopment Association

State-Wide

letter

12-May-10

48

Florida Regional Councils Association

State-Wide

09-01

25-Jun-09

49

Fort Lauderdale, City of

Broward

09-140

2-Jun-09

50

Fort Pierce, City of

St. Lucie

09-25

6-Apr-09

51

Fort Pierce, City of - Station Location LPA

St. Lucie

10-31

24-Jun-10

52

Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency

St. Lucie

letter

24-Aug-09

53

Friends of the Enchanted Forest (Titusville)

Brevard

letter

12-Jun-10

54

Greenacres, City of

Palm Beach

2009-15

1-Jun-09

55

Gulf Stream, Town of

Palm Beach

009-2

9-Apr-09

56

Halifax Area Advertising Authority

Volusia

letter

17-Dec-09

57

Historical Society of North Brevard

Brevard

letter

13-May-10

58

Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce

Martin

2009-1

18-May-09

59

Holiday Inn Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie

letter

13-May-10

60

Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County

Volusia

letter

17-Dec-09

61

Hypoluxo, Town of

Palm Beach

09-371

15-Apr-09

62

Indian River Chamber of Commerce

Indian River

09-5

18-May-09

63

Indian River County Government (BOCC)

Indian River

2009-120

18-Aug-09

64

Indian River County Historical Society

Indian River

letter

25-May-10

65

Indian River County MPO

Indian River

2009-05

8-Jul-09

66

Indian River Shores, Town of

Indian River

09-02

25-Jun-09

67

International Speedway Boulevard (ISB) Coalition

Volusia

letter

10-Feb-10

68

Jacksonville, City of/Duval County

Duval

201-328-A

25-May-10

69

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Duval

resolution

30-Sep-09

70

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Duval

2009-20

25-Jun-09

71

Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce

Martin

5-19-09

19-May-09

72

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation

Brevard

letter

7-Jun-10

73

Juno Beach, Town of

Palm Beach

2009-09

22-Apr-09

74

Jupiter, Town of

Palm Beach

16-09

7-Apr-09

75

Jupiter Island, Town of

Martin

letter

16-Jul-10

76

Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Brevard

letter

16-Sep-09

77

Lake Clarke Shores, Town of

Palm Beach

20-Sep

15-Sep-09

78

Lantana, Town of

Palm Beach

R-07-2009

22-Jun-09

79

Malabar, Town of

Brevard

09-2009

18-May-09

80

Main Street Vero Beach

Indian River

09-08

8-Sep-09

81

Maitland, City of

Orange

letter

11-Aug-09

82

Mangonia Park, Town of

Palm Beach

09-05

16-Jun-09

83

Margate, City of

Broward

11-460

5-Jun-09

84 Martin County Countywide
Redevelopment Advisory Committee
Martin
29-Jul-09
85

Martin County Convention & Visitors' Bureau

Martin

09-5-6-2009

6-May-09

86

Martin County Government (BOCC)

Martin

09-5.34

19-May-09

87

Martin County MPO

Martin

letter

18-May-09

88

Martin County Economic Council

Martin

09-2009

8-May-09

89

Martin County Tourist Development Council

Martin

2009

10-Jun-09

90

Melbourne, City of

Brevard

3060

12-May-09

91

Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency

Brevard

letter

24-Sep-09

92

Merritt Square Mall

Brevard

letter

21-Sep-09

93

Metroplan Orlando

Orange, Osceola & Seminole

09-20

12-Aug-09

94

New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors

 Brevard

letter pending

23-Feb-10

95

New Smyrna Beach Chamber of Commerce

Brevard

letter

11-Feb-10

96

New Smyrna Beach, City of

Brevard

10-Aug

23-Feb-10

97

New Smyrna Beach CRA

Brevard

letter

9-Feb-10

98 Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council
Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler,
Nassau
, Putnam &
St. Johns
2-Jul-09
99

Oak Hill, City of

Volusia

Nov-10

14-Jun-10

100

North Florida TPO

Clay, Nassau, St. Johns & Duval

2008-18

13-Nov-08

101

North Palm Beach, Village of

Palm Beach

2009-30

9-Apr-09

102

Ocean Ridge, Town of

Palm Beach

2009-03

6-Jul-09

103

Orange County Government (BOCC)

Orange

2009-M-35

11-Aug-09

104

Orlando, City of

Orange

090810j02

5-Aug-09

105

Ormond Beach, City of

Volusia

2010-10

19-Jan-10

106

Osceola County Government (BOCC)

Osceola

09-068R

17-Aug-09

107

Palm Bay Bayfront CRA

Brevard

2009-01

14-Jul-09

108

Palm Beach County Government (BOCC)

Palm Beach

2009-0960

16-Jun-09

109

Palm Beach County League of Cities

Palm Beach

09-03

24-Jun-09

110

Palm Beach County OEDP Committee

Palm Beach

letter

4-Jun-09

111

Palm Beach Gardens, City of

Palm Beach

54-2009

4-Jun-09

112

Palm Beach MPO

Palm Beach

5-09

21-May-09

113

Palm Coast, City of

Flagler

2009-103

2-Jun-09

114

Pembroke Pines, City of

Broward

3229

20-May-09

115

Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village

St. Lucie

letter

20-May-10

116

Pompano Beach, City of

Broward

2009-192

12-May-09

117

Port St. Lucie, City of

St. Lucie

09-R88

22-Jun-09

118

Realtors Association of Indian River County

Indian River

09-04

16-Jun-09

119

Realtors Association of Martin County

Martin

09-07-05

7-May-09

120

Realtors Association of St. Lucie

St. Lucie

09-01

5-May-09

121

Riviera Beach, City of

Palm Beach

85-09

15-Jul-09

122

Road Runner Travel Resort

St. Lucie

letter

11-May-10

123

Rockledge, City of

Brevard

652-2009

3-Jun-09

124 Rockledge Community Redevelopment Agency
Brevard
letter
27-May-10
125

St. Augustine, City of

St. Johns

2009-13

22-Jun-09

126

St. Augustine, City of - Station Location LPA

St. Johns

2010-16

28-Jun-10

127

St. Augustine / St. Johns County Airport Authority

St. Johns

2009-03

14-Sep-09

128

St. Johns County Council on Aging

St. Johns

09

11-Aug-09

129

St. Johns County Government (BOCC)

St. Johns

2009-177

16-Jun-09

130

St. Lucie County Council on Aging

St. Lucie

letter

10-Sep-09

131

St. Lucie County Government (BOCC)

St. Lucie

09-123

14-Apr-09

132

St. Lucie County Hotel & Lodging Association

St. Lucie

letter

20-Jul-10

133

St. Lucie Historical Society

St. Lucie

letter

10-May-10

134

St. Lucie TPO

St. Lucie

09-04

3-Jun-09

135

St. Lucie Village, Town of

St. Lucie

2009-08

16-Jun-09

136

Sebastian, City of

Indian River

R-09-18

8-Apr-09

137

Sebastian River Area Chamber

Indian River

09-003

13-May-09

138

Seminole County Government (BOCC)

Seminole

letter

17-Aug-09

139

Sewall's Point, Town of

Martin

09-691

22-Jun-09

140

South Florida Regional Planning Council

Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe

letter

3-Aug-10

141

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

Palm Beach
, Broward
& Miami-Dade
6-Jul-09

 

142

Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC)

Palm Beach , Broward, Miami-Dade

letter

24-Apr-10

143

Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce

Volusia

letter

11-Feb-10

144 South Palm Beach, Town of
Palm Beach
25-Aug-09
145

Space Coast League of Cities

Brevard

06-2010

10-May-10

146 Space Coast Association of Realtors, Inc.
Brevard
25-Sep-09
147 Space Coast Office of Tourism
Brevard
18-Sep-09
148 Space Coast (Brevard County) TPO
Brevard
9-Jul-09
149 Stuart, City of
Martin
18-May-09
150

Stuart, City of - Station Location LPA

Martin

59-2010

14-Jun-10

151 Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency
Martin
22-Jun-09
152 Stuart Main Street
Martin
9-Jun-09
153 Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce
Martin
5-May-09
154 Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

Hillsborough, Manatee,
Pasco & Pinellas

9-Jul-09
155 Titusville, City of
Brevard
26-May-09
156

Titusville, City of - Station Location LPA

Brevard

28-2010

8-Jun-10

157 Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Palm Beach, Martin,
St. Lucie & Indian River

09-04

20-Mar-09

158

University of Central Florida

Brevard, Volusia, Orange, Lake,
Seminole, Marion & Osceola

letter

16-Sep-09

159

Vero Beach, City of

Indian River

09-13

7-Apr-09

160

Vero Beach, City of - Station Location LPA

Indian River

2010-16

24-Jun-10

161

Vero Heritage, Inc.

Indian River

letter

25-Sep-09

162 Volusia County Citizens for Responsible Development.
Volusia
letter
5-Feb-10
163

Volusia County MPO

Volusia

2009-21

25-Aug-09

164

Wellington, Village of

Palm Beach

2009-71

15-Sep-09

165

West Melbourne, City of

Brevard

2009-17

19-May-09

166

West Palm Beach, City of

Palm Beach

200-09

15-Jun-09

167

West Park, City of

Broward

2009-52

20-May-09

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Presentations and Materials

 

Amtrak/FEC Corridor Coalition ~ Kickoff Meeting ~ March 26, 2010 (City Hall; Cocoa, FL)

  Meeting Agenda
Doug Smith, Chair, Martin County Commission Presentation
  Todd Stennis, Director of Government Affairs, Amtrak Presentation
  Meeting Summary
 

Amtrak/FEC Corridor Coalition Updates

  August 5, 2010 Update
  May 31, 2010 Update
  May 7, 2010 Update
  April 6 , 2010 Update
 
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News Articles

January  
January 3, 2011 South Florida Business Journal - Florida Offers $118M for Jacksonville-Miami Passenger Rail
January 6, 2011 Jacksonville Business Journal - Jacksonville-Miami Passenger Train Back on Track
January 6, 2011 Stuart News editorial - Florida Should Move With Caution to Assist with Passenger Rail on the Treasure Coast
January 14, 2011 Vero News - Heritage Center Event
January 18, 2011 Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville-to-Miami Rail Plan in Search of Federal Aid
January 18, 2011 Jacksonville.com - Mica Supports Rail in Florida
January 18, 2011 WJTX Jacksonville - Senator Nelson Supports Jacksonville-to-Miami Amtrak Route
January 18, 2011 Florida Times Union - Bill Nelson Endorses Jacksonville to Miami Amtrak Connection on FEC Tracks
December  
December, 2010 Florida Today - Editorial Cartoon - No Funding
December 24, 2010 Vero Beach Press Journal - Amtrak Passenger Service Closer Than You Might Think on Treasure Coast
November  
November 8, 2010 Florida Today - Officials Optimistic About Funds for Jacksonville-Miami Route

August

 
August 20, 2010 Hometown News - Amtrak Plan is on Track
August 13, 2010 St. Petersburg Times - Without mass transit, Tampa Bay businesses economy may face slow death
August 10, 2010 Examiner.com - Application reveals details for FEC service
August 9, 2010 Examiner.com - Amtrak on FEC idea moves rapidly; perhaps three years before the trains visit coast

July

 
July 14, 2010 Jacksonville Times Union - St. Augustine Passenger Rail Station Coming
July 9, 2010 Florida Today - Our views: Staying on track
July 8, 2010 Florida Today - Q&A with Cocoa Mayor Blake
July 8, 2010 Florida Today - Brevard cities anxious about Amtrak service

June

 
June 29, 2010 St. Augustine Report - Commission Action
June 29, 2010 St. Augustine Record -City Commission Picks San Marco Site for Proposed Amtrak Station
June 27, 2010 St. Augustine Record - Editorial - Put Train Station at 60s FEC Location
June 27, 2010 Florida Today - Stone Street Owners Lament Cocoa Amtrak Station Choice
June 24, 2010 Vero Beach News Journal - Vero Beach Council Chugs Ahead with Station Plans
June 23, 2010 Florida Today - Cocoa Picks Rosa L Jones Site for Train Depot
June 21, 2010 Vero Beach Press Journal - Amtrak Could Move on Amtrak Station Thursday
June 18, 2010 Florida Today - Residents Pressure to Cocoa to Open Street
June 17, 2010 Vero Beach News - Amtrak, Planners Want to Use Historic Vero Beach Station
June 17, 2010 St. Augustine-com - San Marco Amtrak Stop Favored
June 15, 2010 St Augustine Record - Officials, DOT talk Amtrak Locations
June 12, 2010 Florida Today - Editorial - Refurbish Titusville Station for Amtrak Service
June 10, 2010 Daytona News Press Journal - Panel Recommends Magnolia for Amtrak Station - print format
June 10, 2010 Daytona News Press Journal - Panel Recommends Magnolia for Amtrak Station
June 9, 2010 Florida Today - Titusville Touts Train Station for Amtrak Stop
June 8, 2010 Daytona Beach News Journal - Potential Train Station Sites Down to 2
June 7, 2010 WPBF-com - I-95 in Florida Most dangerous Roadway in the Country
June 5, 2010 Florida Today - Amtrak Sites Roll Along in Titusville & Melbourne

May

 
May 25, 2010 Florida Today - Amtrak Service Inches Closer to Brevard
May 17, 2010 Orlando Sentinel - Amtrak East-Coast Project Meets in Melbourne Titusville
May 16, 2010 Daytona Beach Press Journal - Crowds Turn Up at the Thought of Passenger Trains Returning
May 13, 2010 Jacksonville Business Journal - Jax-Miami Passenger Rail on Track
May 13, 2010 Daytona Beach News Journal - Amtrak Brings Information about Train Line Project to Public
May 13, 2010 News Channel 13 - Train Station Workshop Draws Standing Room Only Crowd
May 12, 2010 Daytona News Journal - Train Service May Return to Daytona
May 7, 2010 StAugustine.com - Editorial - Time's On Hand to Support Passenger Rail For St. Augustine
May 7, 2010 Hometown News - All Aboard Efforts for Passenger Rail Service Here
May 5, 2010 Historic City News - Editorial - Local Officials Need to Better Educate Themselves
May 5, 2010 Stuart News - Editorial - Hope Restored for a Return of Passenger Railway Service
May 5, 2010 Gov Monitor - FL to Revive Amtrak FEC Passenger Rail
May 5, 2010 Florida Today - All Aboard
May 4, 2010 Florida Today - Amtrak Plans for Brevard Chugs Along
May 4, 2010 Miami Herald - Florida Pledges to Seek Funds for High-Speed Rail
May 4, 2010 Sunshine State news - Florida Amtrak Needs Push from Legislature
May 4, 2010 TCPalm-com - Amtrak Trek Could Pave the Way for Jupiter Station
May 4, 2010 The Transport Politic - Amtrak Studies FEC Railroad Service as State Advances High Speed Rail
May 3, 2010 Examiner-Com - Amtrak Reviews Feasibility of Passenger Rail from Miami to Jacksonville
May 3, 2010 Jacksonville Examiner - Smooth Track is Highlight of Amtrak Ride Over FEC
May 3, 2010 Florida Today - Cocoa Seeks Input on Station Locations
May 2, 2010 Daytona Beach Press Journal - Railroad-side Rally Signals Support for Flagler Station
May 2, 2010 Historic City News - Editorial - All Aboard
May 2, 2010 Miami Herald - Special Amtrak Train Rolls from Miami to Jacksonville on FEC Corridor
May 2, 2010 NSBNews-net - Amtrak Passenger Service Here Would Be Economic Engine
May 1, 2010 Governor Crist press release
May 1, 2010 FlaglerLive-com - Bunnell and Flagler Whistle-Stop Amtrak
May 1, 2010 Jacksonville-com - Governor Crist Kicks off Amtrak Train on FEC Rail Line
May 1, 2010 MyOrlandoFox - Amtrak Run Stops in Central Florida
May 1, 2010 Stuart News - Residents on Board for Amtrak Service
May 1, 2010 Vero Beach News - Amtrak Train Arrives in Vero Beach to Supportive Residents
May 1, 2010 WFTV-com - Amtrak Considers Stops Along Space Coast

April

 
April 30, 2010 Channel 13 News - Amtrak Service Returning to State's East Coast
April 30, 2010 Palm Beach Post - Officials Investigating Amtrak Switching Tracks to FEC Corridor to Stop in West Palm Beach
April 29, 2010 Jacksonville Transportation Examiner - Amtrak Rides Florida East Coast Rails
April 29, 2010 Sun Sentinel - Amtrak to run passenger train on FEC to inspect tracks for future service
April 26, 2010 Sunshine State News - Train Project Revive's Henry Flagler's Line

March

 
March 25, 2010 Historic City News - Re-establishing the Amtrak-FEC Corridor Coalition
March 26, 2010 Jacksonville.com - East Coast cities push for Amtrak from Jacksonville to Miami
   
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Press Releases

 
Amtrak/FEC Corridor Coalition ~ Update Regarding Inspection Train ~ May 1, 2010
  May 1, 2010 Update
   
Treasure Coast Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism Florida Chapter ~ January 29, 2010 (Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida) and February 23 (APA Treasure Coast Section , Stuart, Florida)
“Henry Flagler Rides Again” Presentation by Michael J. Busha, AICP, Executive Director, TCRPC
 
Daytona Beach Amtrak/FEC Coalition ~ Initial Meeting ~ January 20, 2010 (Plaza Resort & Spa; Daytona Beach, FL)
Presentation by Kim DeLaney, Ph.D., Growth Management Coordinator, TCRPC
   

Links

 
TransitRider: News Flash - Amtrak Special FEC Train Service
 
Amtrak/FEC Corridor Project - FDOT Project Page
 
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History

 
Henry Flagler’s arrival in Florida in 1878 marked a turning point in the development of Florida’s east coast. Flagler’s move to Jacksonville, purchase of several railroads, and his initial railroad extension to St. Augustine began a 27-year effort to extend Flagler's railroad south 450 miles to Key West. Recognizing the attraction for out-of-state visitors, Flagler realized the key to the state’s development was a strong transportation system, complemented by a series of coastal resorts and luxury hotels along the Atlantic Ocean. Certain advertising posters from Flagler's company included the slogan "Florida's East Coast is Paradise Regained." In cooperation with and support from the State of Florida and its legislature, Flagler began extending his railroad south along Florida's east coast, city by city, and Florida’s east coast became developed with a string of coastal towns along the Atlantic, with small train stations along the way. In key locations, Flagler built more elaborate structures, sometimes including additional luxury hotel properties. Stops along the corridor grew into towns, with the train stations often at the center of the downtown. Flagler's railroad helped settle the east coast of Florida, with trains reaching Daytona by 1890, West Palm Beach in 1894, and Biscayne Bay in 1896. Ultimately, Flagler constructed the Florida Overseas Railroad from Biscayne Bay to Key West, with the Key West station completed in 1912. Flagler's historic coastal development pattern continues today, whereby Florida's east coast provides a series of coastal destinations, each radiating outward from its historic Florida East Coast (FEC) rail station in its core downtown.

In 1968, passenger rail service on the FEC was unfortunately discontinued, and the rail line has only carried freight since that time. For the past twenty years, a variety of agencies have been actively pursuing the re-establishment of passenger service on the FEC, with the most recent proposal developed by the State of Florida in 2009. Discussions toward and support for the restoration of this historic service continue today.
 
Overview of Historic Stations along Florida's East Coast
 
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Council’s Efforts

Since 1986, Council has been working to restore passenger service on the FEC. It has conducted over thirty charrettes planning for the restoration of FEC passenger service.
       
 
Location
Project
Year
Boca Raton - 2 stations
Boca Raton Downtown Charrette
1999
 
Boynton Beach
1994
 
Delray Beach
2001
 
El Portal
1999
 
Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce Downtown Charrette
1995
 
Hobe Sound
Hobe Sound Architectural Guidelines
2001
 
Jensen Beach
1996
 
Jupiter - 3 stations
2008
 
Lake Park
Lake Park Expansion Master Plan
1998
 
Lake Worth - 2 stations
2008
 
Mangonia Park
Federal Funding Request - Section 3
1995
 
Miami Shores
El Portal - Miami Shores
1999
 
Oakland Park
1999
 
Overtown
Overtown Charrette
2000
 
Palm Beach Gardens
2009
 
Port Salerno
2002
 
Riviera Beach
2007
 
Stuart
Stuart Downtown Charrette
1988
 
Tequesta
Tequesta - Downtown (Village Center) Charrette
1997
 
West Palm Beach - 8 stations
2005 & 2010
 
In 1994, the FEC Railroad and land were for sale. Council sent a letter to the governor and state legislature urging the state to purchase the rail line. During the development of the Oct 2009 Federal stimulus application, Council staff assisted FDOT by facilitating interagency meetings with the eight "station cities," reviewing their local plans and documents, and summarizing materials for the application document. One of the summary documents is a brief overview of historic stations along the FEC corridor, which is available for download here: (document attached) In January 2010, Council held the West Palm Beach - CSX-FEC Connector 2010 charrette to identify the location where Amtrak can switch from the CSX to the FEC corridor.
 
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