We’re exposing truth about AAF’s play for public money

By Brent Hanlon July 11, 2017 TC Palm A recent guest column published by TCPalm (“Brightline project offers great potential for our region,”) repeatedly touted All Aboard Florida as a privately funded venture and accused our organization, Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida, of spreading misinformation. Nothing could be further from the truth. CARE FL proudly […]

County’s Efforts to Fight AAF Bonds Pay Off

County efforts to fight All Aboard Florida’s use of taxpayer subsidized bonds pay off Martin County Press Release May 10, 2017 Over two years ago, Martin and Indian River Counties filed federal lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to stop the inappropriate use of taxpayer subsidized bonds to construct All Aboard Florida’s (AAF, […]

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 […]

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 […]