My hunch, or "wish" if you will, is that if Virgin makes a successful go of it, is that they bid for the Amtrak Florida service out of Jacksonville. Whether that involves Amtrak just withdrawing, Virgin supplanting them somehow, a subsidy (which was one of Mr. Norman's first surmises I will readily admit, and could remain a possibility), we shall see. And with FL owning the CSX line (the "S" line?) that Sunrail runs on (not sure how much more they own), they could make that happen without CSX interference, giving Virgin their connection along the I-4 corridor Jax-Orlando-Tampa.
Yes, there'll be a transfer. But the Florida portions are daylight runs; sleepers not required. Just need to tweak the schedules a bit.
Next stop, Willoughby
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