Yet more Choo-Choo?

Today’s Tampa Tribune top story, CSX throws a switch for rail, could become a line from a Stephen Stills song:

 “If you can’t ride the train you want,
ride the train you get.”

Tampa tried to throw a transit wedding. CSX, the reluctant bridesmaid, now wants to be the bride.

Did we mention the dowry and  location of the honeymoon?

CSX would really like to wed Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties along existing freight lines that might be worth a whole lot more (to CSX) if co-habitated with heavy-rail commuter trains.

At this point everyone not familiar with the sweetheart deal CSX made with the SunRail wedding gift,
please stop now and read up.

So MerryMakers, we may see our public transportation needs dictated by where the CSX tracks are located, rather than where the people and jobs are located. Oh, there is already talk that the Downtown Tampa/USF/TIA light rail routes may ADDITIONALLY be built anyway.

It is not the happy wedding for which the bells toll,
they are tolling for the future economic doom of taxpayers.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


One Response to “Yet more Choo-Choo?”

  1. They truly do have a full blown case of TRAIN FEVER!
    Can’t they just let it rest for even a few DAYS????

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