Effort to help regulate high speed rail isn’t playing politics

By Brent Hanlon March 24, 2017 Sun Sentinel Judging by their recent combative media push, All Aboard Florida (AAF) must really be worried about the possibility of having to publicly address the safety and financial concerns so many of us have expressed. First it was an op-ed full of half-truths and threats in the Sun […]

Brightline opponents call financing plan shift a “scheme” to avoid lawsuit

By Jennifer Sorentrue December 22, 2016 Palm Beach Post Two Treasure Coast counties who filed a federal lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s push to sell tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Brightline train service continue to press for access to records related to the sale. In a federal court documents filed Wednesday, attorneys for Martin […]

Letter: All Aboard Florida has dubious future ahead

By Nicholas Schaus of Vero Beach December 22, 2016 TC Palm (Letter to the Editor) All Aboard Florida’s first passenger train, Brightline, went through Vero Beach at 1 a.m. Dec. 14. There were no passengers, as it was manufactured in California and was headed south to be used on the 66-mile Palm Beach-to- Miami “phase one” of the high-speed […]

All Aboard Florida key financing information made public

By Lisa Broadt December 16, 2016 TC Palm The five brightly colored train cars and two locomotives that rolled through the Treasure Coast early Wednesday morning cost All Aboard Florida $83 million, according to financial information made public for the first time Thursday in court documents. All Aboard Florida’s total price tag for its first five trains is $415 […]

Brightline opponents want access to bond records

By Jennifer Sorentrue December 8, 2016 Palm Beach Post Two Treasure Coast counties who filed a federal lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s push to sell tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Brightline train service asked a federal judge on Thursday to allow them to review bond records before deciding whether to dismiss the case. In […]

Environmental permit challenges latest chapter in rail project fight

By Carrie Salls November 2, 2016 Florida Record CORAL GABLES – Officials in Martin and Indian River counties have started a new battle in connection with the completion of the proposed $3.1 billion All Aboard Florida Miami-to-Orlando project by attempting to derail efforts to obtain the necessary environmental permits.    Ed Garland, public communications coordinator […]

Judgment Sought in Florida Train’s Bond Allocation

By Shelly Sigo October 27, 2016 The Bond Buyer BRADENTON, Fla. –Two Florida counties say they have proven in federal lawsuits that the $1.75 billion private activity bond allocation for an in-state passenger train project should be vacated, according to court filings. Indian River and Martin counties filed separate motions for summary judgment Oct. 20, […]

Can All Aboard Florida Survive?

Bloomberg News recently reported that Fortress Investment Group (FIG) may be planning to sell Florida East Coast Railway, the sister company of All Aboard Florida (AAF). By possibly giving up on the freight business, is Fortress abandoning All Aboard Florida? All Aboard Florida Can’t Raise Capital. AAF seeks $1.75 billion to complete its rail route […]

Bloomberg: Fortress Explores Sale of Florida East Coast Railway!!

According to Bloomberg: Fortress Investment Group LLC is exploring a sale of Florida East Coast Railway Corp., the coastal freight operator it took private in 2007, according to people familiar with the matter. Asset manager Fortress is working with Barclays Plc and Morgan Stanley to weigh options for Jacksonville-based Florida East Coast Railway, the people […]

All Aboard Florida slighted Martin County by failing to look west

By Lisa Broadt September 21, 2016 TC Palm Federal and state agencies soon will receive a new suggested route for All Aboard Florida, one which would skirt Martin County yet still cut through other areas of the Treasure Coast. The Martin County Commission  on Tuesday approved submitting this alternative route proposal to the Federal Railroad Administration, Florida Department of […]