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"Lessons Learned from Florida's Experience Purchasing Rail Lines for Public Benefits"


With this program on March 10, 2021, VRPI continued its series on how to have a productive and collaborative relationship with the freight railroads that host our passenger trains. This time we are looking at how states have purchased rail lines and successfully managed them for the benefit of both passenger and freight operators. Our speakers will cover Florida’s experiences in purchasing rail lines from CSX for that state’s Miami-region Tri-Rail and Greater Orlando SunRail commuter systems. 

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Webinar Speakers


Brad Thoburn
Assistant Secretary for
Strategic Development 
Florida DOT

Fred Wise
Senior Project Manager and Policy Advisor, HNTB Corporation
Former FDOT Executive Director,
for Florida Rail Enterprise 



Charles M. Heffinger, Jr., P.E.
CFRC/SunRail Chief Operations Officer
Florida DOT



George Gault
SunRail Program ManagerAECOM - In-House Consultant to FDOT D5