Martin County Opposes Brightline

Guest column: Martin County opposes Brightline, despite South Florida support By Taryn Kryzda, Martin County Administrator April 26, 2017 TC Palm Over the past several decades, many counties in South Florida have authorized expansions of urban development boundaries, towering building heights, increased density and construction of new roads to support surging growth. We acknowledge why the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

All Aboard Florida could be in court in six weeks

By Catherine Lackner October 25, 2016 Miami Today Within six weeks, a lawsuit filed by Martin and Indian River counties along with some individual residents to block the leg of the future All Aboard Florida train service planned between West Palm Beach and Orlando will probably be before a judge. The plaintiffs on Friday filed […]

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 […]

All Aboard Florida’s plan for passenger train service from Miami to Orlando in jeopardy

By Ann Henson Feltgen September 9, 2016 All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando is in jeopardy following a federal judge’s order questioning the company’s ability to borrow $1.75 billion in taxpayer-subsidized federal bonds to pay for the project. At the same time, in a lawsuit filed […]