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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. 

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On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is set to break ground on its regional transportation center, dubbed the Jacksonville Intermodal Station. 

Ennis Davis with The Jaxson says the new center represents a return to the neighborhood’s past, and it’s already shaping future development.


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Two local railroad companies have seen their stock prices fall as the industry sector slides overall.

CSX Corp.’s stock has dropped about 8 and a half percent over the past week. On Monday , it fell almost three percent from the opening bell, closing at 26.03.

The fall comes as the railroad sector has generally weakened. On Friday, a Bank of America analyst downgraded CSX and Genesse & Wyoming, which has its operations headquarters in Jacksonville.

Genesee & Wyoming’s price per share dropped from almost $70 last Tuesday to $58.89 at Monday’s close.

Three Injured In Attempt To Outrun Train In Riverside

Jun 2, 2015
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A driver, a cousin and his pregnant girlfriend survived after the car they were in was cut in half when struck by an Amtrak train Tuesday morning at a crossing in Riverside.

Appeals Court Backs CSX In Conductor's Death

May 4, 2015
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An appeals court has sided with Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation in a dispute over a train conductor who suffered a fatal heart attack.

The case was a disagreement over the railroad’s duty to provide medical assistance to conductor Larry Sells. The News Service of Florida reports the First District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling in favor of CSX.

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Hundreds of train lovers will descend on tiny Folkston, Georgia, this weekend for the annual Folkston Funnel Spring Rail Watch.

Around 90 percent of all the trains heading to and from Jacksonville are funneled through the middle of Folkston on a set of double tracks owned by CSX. And crowds gather twice a year for a train watching festival.

Even on non-festival weekends, train lovers like Jacksonville resident Donald Ewing flock to the Folkston Funnel. Ewing was there a couple weeks ago.

Class sizes, water taxis and Diagon Alley are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

As rail transportation grows in popularity throughout Florida, what are the prospects for passenger rail on the First Coast?

Lenny Curry, All Aboard Florida, and pension reform are in the headlines today.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.

Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.

Michael Dunn, Stand Your Ground, and a derailed train are in the headlines today.

A passenger rail service called All Aboard Florida, is trying to become America's first private carrier in decades. It recently finished the last deal needed to secure a route between Orlando and Miami. The service is scheduled to begin carrying travelers in 2015 — connecting the two cities in a car-competitive 3 hours.

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UPDATE (12:10 p.m.): The DOT now reporting the train employee is deceased. 

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that reports of a death may be premature and the Florida Department of Transportation says one train employee is missing.

ORIGINAL REPORT BELOW:

One person has died after a train derailment early Thursday morning in Sanford, our news partner News4Jax reports.