Carl Hiaasen: Taken for a ride on the Boondoggle Express aka ‘All Appalled Florida’

Rendering of  the All Aboard Florida MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami (Source: The Miami Herald)


All Aboard Florida, also known as the Boondoggle Express, is having public-relations problems.

All passenger trains in this country operate deep in the red, and couldn’t exist without heavy government subsidies.

AAF wants Floridians to believe that it will be the sole exception, magically turning a profit where all others have failed.

In the parlance of the business world, this is known variously as “a crock,” or a “steaming crock.”

A recent Mason-Dixon poll found that 80 percent of residents surveyed in northern Palm Beach county and the Treasure Coast are against All Aboard Florida.


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