Brightline rail service may extend to Jacksonville

The company that is preparing to launch passenger rail service next year between Miami and Orlando via Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach eventually may extend the service to Jacksonville.

All Aboard Florida (AAF), which expects to launch its Brightline passenger rail service by mid-2017, has formed an affiliated company called AAF Jacksonville Segment LLC.

AAF formed the affiliated company to secure rights to run a passenger rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway line between Jacksonville and Cocoa, located east of Orlando in the Cape Canaveral area.
AAF will be looking for ways to expand the Brightline rail service as soon as it begins, according to Mike Reininger, the company’s president and chief development officer.

If AAF does extend Brightline to Jacksonville, it would add an additional mode at a new multimodal transit center scheduled to open in 2019.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has committed $40 million to start construction of JAXIS (the Jacksonville Intermodal Station) next January.

The JAXIS site is across the street from the FEC railroad.

The transportation authority and Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority are working together on a master development plan for the surrounding LaVilla neighborhood.

Letters to the Power Plant #9 — Boot Camp at Dell

Power Plant Men

After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the ninth letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

10/16/01 – Bootcamp at Dell

Dear Friends at Sooner,

Today I officially end my training at Dell’s Bootcamp.  It has been 8 weeks since I started my job here and I can still remember my thoughts the first morning when we had to attend Bootcamp.  Silly me.  I thought, “Bootcamp?  No sweat!!  I’ve been wearing boots for the last 19 years.  Steel toes none-the-less.  This Bootcamp stuff should be a cinch.”

I still didn’t quite understand after the first day when the training coordinator said,  “Kevin, we expect, ‘Business…

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Hurry to repent before the pangs of death overcome you….Ölüm gelmeden tövbe etmekte acele edin.


semras 12

We can never know when we will die, what will happen to us. Therefore, always take leave of the people you love in a way you will be remembered nice. You may not have the opportunity to make up for something.


Ne zaman öleceğimizi, başımıza ne geleceğini hiç bir zaman bilemeyiz. Bu yüzden sevdiğiniz insanlarla ayrılırken hep güzel hatırlanacağınız şekilde vedalaşın. Bazı şeylerin telafisini etmek için fırsatınız olmayabilir bir daha.

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How Did One Get To The Pentagon? The Definitive Answer

One of our most popular blogs is “HOW DID ONE GET TO THE PENTAGON IN 1944?

I finally got the “real scoop” from Marie Early:

“I am 93 years old and went to work for the War Dept in Washington DC in June of 1941 five months before the start of WW II. I was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school. I was hired based on my civil service exam from Montana and I traveled across country by train to my first paying job. I was working in one of the first War Department offices that moved into the Pentagon after it was completed in 1943. I lived in NW Washington, D.C. and took the city bus to work every day via Pennsylvania Avenue to 14th Street across the Potomac on the 14th Street bridge. The road went under the Pentagon to the bus stop under the building where everyone got off.”

Guess I depended too muuch on rail and trolley experts.


Our featured image shows bus driver training

The company history does jive:
In 1933, all streetcars were brought under one company, Capital Transit. The streetcars began to scale back with the rising popularity of the automobile and pressure to switch to buses. After a strike in 1955, the company changed ownership and became DC Transit, with explicit instructions to switch to buses. The system was dismantled in the early 1960s and the last streetcar ran on January 28, 1962.


Haddon Musings



I believe in the power of positive group energy. Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

Having lost a dear friend just recently this week my thoughts go to being thankful for the gift of friendship.  I don’t think anyone said on their deathbed that they regretted the time spent with friends.

A Time To Talk – Poem by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from…

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The prophecies about the two suns


In great euphoria around the end of the Mayan calendar and the expectation end of the world most people have missed the news about the discovery of a new comet that later this year should spectacular and glittering pass through the solar system.

Even though they are not sure how it will all look like, astronomers say that there are very real chance that with our sun on the sky and see the light of a new sphere of comets. Because of its size in scientific circles prevailed quite a thrill. Some of the otherwise very abstentions astronomers even decided this heavenly guest called “comet of the century”.

Nexus Light

The comet, which will at the end of this year rush through the solar system was discovered on 21 September by Russian astronomers. Assigned to whose name is C / 2012 S1 ISON which contains classification, year of discovery and…

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