FDFC silent after lawmakers question All Aboard Florida bonding process

By Peter Schorsch April 13, 2017 Saint Peters Blog Two Republican lawmakers are still waiting for a response from the Florida Development Finance Corporation about its approval of a $600 million private equity bond application for All Aboard Florida. The rail project is seeking to provide passenger service from Miami to West Palm Beach and, […]

Rail safety expert warns risk of deadly railroad accidents on Treasure Coast

Martin County Board of County Commissioners Press Release March 29, 1017 As part of its continued fight to protect residents from the negative impacts of rail expansion, Martin County has released a report by national rail safety expert George Gavalla that includes concerning facts about the significant safety challenges and cost burdens facing Treasure Coast […]

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 […]

High-speed train bill could stall All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

By Jennifer Sorentrue March 14, 2017 Palm Beach Post The day after All Aboard Florida’s Brightline welcomed the second train in its growing fleet, officials with the private rail venture said a proposed billregulating high-speed trains could threaten its expansion to Orlando and other points across the state. The bill (SB 386), dubbed the Florida High-Speed […]

Debbie Mayfield’s high-speed-rail bill passed by Florida Senate committee

Great news! The Florida Transportation bill passed 5 to 0. Thank you to our senators for their support in establishing safety standards which will protect our citizens from the risks of high speed trains.   Further, any high speed train operating in the state will have to pay, themselves, for the cost of any upgrades […]

High-speed rail connecting Miami to Orlando is delayed, again

By Ken Storey March 13, 2017 Orlando Weekly The West Palm Beach-to-Orlando leg of the passenger train service Brightline, formerly known as All Aboard Florida, announces yet another delay. This comes just months after Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits attempting to block the bond-based financing that Brightline planned to use to help […]

Guest column: Questions abound on All Aboard Florida rail project

By Susan Mehiel February 3, 2017 TC Palm News from the northeast: The Federal Railroad Administration is pushing to expand Amtrak’s express train service with a $120 billion plan to add tracks and cut the time from Boston to New York City by 45 minutes. Although the Acela train doesn’t cross streets at grade, the plan […]

Train traffic is about to get worse and it’s creating tension over Miami railroad crossings

By David Smiley January 30, 2017 Miami Herald As the developer of Miami’s most luxurious shopping destination, Craig Robins is acutely aware of the landscape surrounding the Design District, a sprawling, meticulously designed complex of high-end boutique shops and restaurants. There’s the interstate to the south, North Miami Avenue to the west, and to the […]

Our view: Analysis lacking on AAF project? Clearly

TC Palm Editorial Board January 20, 2017 TC Palm Treasure Coast residents opposed to the All Aboard Florida/Brightline passenger rail project have had a nagging suspicion from the beginning. They have suspected, understandably, that state and federal agencies with some degree of oversight have been predisposed to approve the Miami-to-Orlando project. Rail opponents have questioned […]

Martin County applauds newly-filed Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act

Martin County Press Release January 18, 2017 Martin County applauds Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne), Representatives MaryLynn Magar (R-Hobe Sound), Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) who filed legislation yesterday that will enhance public safety at railroad crossings and alleviate the financial burden put on local governments to upgrade and maintain the crossings for […]