Hey, you remember when some schmuck wrote this?:
And finally, I now think that if the freight realignment deal goes down, and CSX gets no public money for the hub, it won’t get built – at least for a number of years. I base that sense partly on some completely unreliable third-hand scuttlebut I’ve heard and partly on common sense. The stuff and vehicle-based economy that drove the push for this hub has crashed and faces long-term structural hurdles to returning to what it was in 2005. At the same time, Florida’s explosive population growth, which also drove the rationale for the hub, has halted.
I’m willing to put my – meager – money where my mouth is. Anybody who wants to bet a $1 on the fate of the hub if the realignment deal goes down, drop me a line.
Let’s mosey on over to Tom Palmer’s blog for a bit of news:
If the Sunrail legislation had passed, which included some state money to aid in the development of the Winter Haven freight terminal, the plan was to start construction and to have ther terminal open by 2011.
Now that the Sunrail legislation has failed, the groundbreaking for the center will be dictated by economic conditions, [CSX] said, explaining the railroad has been particularly hurt by slow down in deliveries of automobiles and and consumer goods, two items that would play a big part in the freight flow at the Winter Haven facility.
“The stuff and vehicle based economy” meets “deliveries of automobiles and consumer goods.” Man, that first idiot stumbled on something, didn’t he. Anyway, this is what you call an indefinite delay. Seems like fairly important news to me, but what do I know?
Tom sort of brushes it off, writing:
[CSX] confirmed what I had previously reported that the schedule (but nothing else) was tied to the outcome of the Sunrail vote.
I guess that’s true. But it’s a bit like saying the grass in my yard doesn’t depend on rain, it just needs it to grow.