Thanks to Senator Debbie Mayfield for co-sponsoring this bill, along with Senator and Chair George Gainer.
– The Guardians of Martin County
By Lisa Broadt
March 14, 2017
A bill which would allow greater local regulation of high-speed rail service was passed Tuesday by the state Senate Transportation Committee.
The Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act —S.B. 386, sponsored by state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne — would give the Florida Department of Transportation wide authority to regulate high-speed rail, including Brightline’s Miami-to-Orlando passenger railroad.
The bill, which defines “high-speed” rail as traveling faster than 80 mph, would strengthen public-disclosure, including requiring railroads to publish information about rail safety and accidents, and would grant local governments a greater voice in decisions about installing fencing around the railroad corridor.
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