Unfortunately, the deal is not yet a "done deal".
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The ostensible reason is that even though the A-Line (that is offical CSXese, I have learned for the ACL) through those counties was to be sold to a state agency in the same manner as was the S-Line (again CSXese for the SAL) West Palm to Miami, CSX wished to be held harmless for anything, repeat anything, happening on that line - even if their fault from the limited freight operations that would have continued on the line."CSX remains agreeable to working with state, federal and local officials to provide a cost effective solution for computer rail in Orlando ...," Michael Ward wrote.
And, saying the terminal in Winter Haven represents an "important economic stimulus to Polk County," the project was proceeding, Ward writes in the letter.
Although there had been earlier reports that the action on the part of the Legislature would impact the proposed terminal in Winter Haven, that was not the case, says Gary Sease, CSX spokesman.
The deal CSX negotiated with the state runs until June 2009. That means that it still can be implemented with legislative approval. Lawmakers in the Orlando area are trying to forge a compromise that could win approval of both houses at a later date.
However, such could be a "cover" for interests around Lakeland concerned that the reroute of freight traffic over the S-Line (former route of the Amtrak Silver Palm) would cause a "nuisance' from trains "blowing horns', tying up auto traffic at X-ings and "all the rest".