Alert from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: Stream Senate Committee, March 14, 2PM

 

 

From CARE FL (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): As many of you have been following the high-speed rail issue in the Treasure Coast region, we wanted to take this opportunity to make sure you were aware that Senator Debbie Mayfield’s bill addressing high-speed rail safety and costs will be up in committee tomorrow. 

 

The Florida Senate Committee on Transportation will be hearing SB 386 on Tuesday, March 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in 401 Senate Office Building. You can also stream the meeting live on www.thefloridachannel.org.

 

Reps. Magar and Grall have also submitted a similar bill in the House of Representatives, HB 269: High-Speed Passenger Rail.

 

The current proposed high-speed passenger rail project act in the Treasure Coast region represented by Sen. Mayfield and Reps. Magar, Harrell, and Grall threatens to put at risk thousands of school children, pedestrians, first responders, and residents who would be forced to cross railroad tracks between 110‑mile-per-hour trains multiple times per day. The Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act will promote and enhance the safety of high-speed passenger rail systems to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all Floridians.

 

“While the proposed high-speed rail project in my community first brought my attention to the lack of safety features currently required to be in place to protect the public around these fast-moving trains, this legislation is really designed to benefit all Floridians from accidents and injuries at these dangerous railroad crossings across the state,” said Sen. Mayfield. “This good bill will also put a stop to so-called private railroad companies financing their business ventures on the backs of hard-working taxpayers. Local governments will no longer be on the hook for funding the safety upgrades that are required to protect their communities.”

 

“These legislations not only protect Floridians from the potential dangers of high-speed trains by ensuring the appropriate safety technology is in place, but also protects their tax dollars by ensuring the appropriate entity pays for those upgrades,” said Magar. “Local governments should not have to absorb the costs of protecting their citizens from a private project, especially those communities who get so little in return from a train that speeds through without ever stopping.”

 

 

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