TCPalm: Jupiter Island mayor fears All Aboard Florida may pose threat to public safety


All Aboard Florida’s rendering of its Miami station

As an island community with some of the highest property values in the country, the Town of Jupiter Island faces unique dangers should All Aboard Florida begin running its proposed 32 high-speed rail trips up and down the Treasure Coast in 2016, according to TCPalm.

Threats to public safety — in particular being cut off from the majority of mainland Martin County — are of major concern, Mayor Harry Charlston said in letters to the U.S. Coast Guard and The U.S. Department of Transportation.

Traffic jams from frequent rail delays would delay fire and emergency medical response times, and should an accident occur along the half-mile stretch of Bridge Road while a train is passing and the drawbridge is up, the victims would be stranded.

For the letter from Jupiter Island Mayor Harry Charlston to Anthony Foxx, Secretary of The U.S. Department of Transportation, see below.

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