San Marco Train

Feds Award Grant To Ease San Marco Train Delays

Jun 10, 2019
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The freight trains that block traffic for minutes or hours when they roll through Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood and downtown are such a constant irritant that a parody account in which “San Marco Train” taunts motorists has 1,600 followers on Twitter.

@SanMarcoTrain via Twitter

Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its partners have quietly launched an ambitious bid that could ultimately bring passenger rail back to Downtown Jacksonville and spark millions in development in the process. 

Holly Manuel / WJCT

Friday on First Coast Connect we held our annual Year in Review Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:01).    

We learned the identity of the popular Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain as we spoke with the “train” himself, Jack DeYoung, the Digital Director at Nuera Marketing (46:00).


The San Marco Train / Via Twitter

The San Marco Train, a lively voice on Twitter's slow lane went off the rails Thursday.

@SanMarcoTrain on Twitter

Recently a lively voice popped up on Jacksonville’s Twitter scene that takes potshots at politicians, sports figures, media folks, and yes,  the infamous San Marco train crossing.