Congressman Mast announces oversight committee hearing on Brightline

 


Florida’s 18th Congressional District spans from the northern portion of Palm Beach County through Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

 

 U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations will conduct a hearing this week into Brightline.  Rep. Mast requested this hearing in February.
“Despite their claims to the contrary, Brightline has pursued public, taxpayer-funded financing,” Rep. Mast said. “Taxpayers deserve the truth about who is paying for Brightline, and our community deserves answers about why they are refusing to address critical safety and economic concerns.”
The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  A live stream of the hearing will be available for Florida-based press and more details will be released as they become available.

BACKGROUND

Despite their claim that Brightline is “not publicly funded at all,” there are at least four instances in which Brightline has sought public financial support:

Moreover, because Brightline failed to qualify for public financing under the statutory definition of high-speed rail, Brightline instead sought and secured the public financing for this expansion by claiming that their passenger rail train is actually a “highway.”

In addition to these financial concerns, Brightline trains have been involved in six deaths since they began running, raising serious safety concerns ahead of the proposed expansion through the Treasure Coast to Orlando.

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