Lawmakers seek requirements on rail operators

By Jim Turner January 17, 2017 News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Treasure Coast lawmakers, concerned about a passenger railroad service that will travel through their districts, want high-speed operators to pay for safety upgrades. Targeted at All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service, which is planned to eventually link Miami and Orlando, the measure (SB 386) […]

Video: Guardians Year In Review

Check out our many public awareness campaigns during 2016 from our annual meeting, held on December 13, 2016. You can move the playhead to the following times to watch individual speakers and presentations: Opposition to All Aboard Florida/Merrill Snyder: 58 seconds How Social Media Works/Chris Adams: 10 minutes Clean Water Campaigns/Merrill Snyder: 24m 17s Florida’s Path […]

Guest column: We will continue fight against Brightline passenger rail

By Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator January 12, 2017 TC Palm In 2014, Martin County began its fight to protect its residents from the negative effects rail expansion, including All Aboard Florida’s (aka Brightline) proposed passenger rail project. We have remained committed to preventing or reducing the many threats to the health, safety and well-being of […]

Is All Aboard Florida installing positive-train-control along its tracks?

By Lisa Broadt January 2, 2017 TC Palm All Aboard Florida has said it will include a positive-train-control system along its corridor, but details remain unclear, even as progress with the new technology is made by other passenger and freight railroads. Positive train control is a system used by railroads that combines command, control, communications, and information […]

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 […]

Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question

Martin County Press Release November 29, ,2016 Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All […]

All Aboard Florida lawyers get extension as line seeks more bonds

By Catherine Lackner November 8, 2016 Miami Today Lawyers for All Aboard Florida, the federal Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Department of Justice have been granted an extension until Dec. 7 to file their response to a motion for summary judgment filed Oct. 21 by lawyers for Martin and Indian River counties. The counties, along […]