Latest Martin County BOCC comments on the AAF Draft Environmental Impact Statement

This proposed project traverses directly through Florida scrub-jay critical habitat, through Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and Savannas State Preserve just to name a few. Impacts to Florida scrub-jays are certain. Many other species threatened, endangered and otherwise, will also most certainly be impacted by this project through crossing impacts alone. (Source: martin.fl.us)

 

View and download the latest comments (November 18, 2014) and supporting photos from The Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on the impacts of the proposed All Aboard Florida high-speed rail service: Martin County Comments on DEIS for All Aboard Florida

The BOCC continues to determine the impacts of this project as more information becomes known and advocate for Martin County’s interests. While All Aboard Florida is proposed to travel through Martin County, no stop is planned at this time. 

In March 2012, Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), a private company, introduced a proposal for a high-speed passenger rail service known as “All Aboard Florida” (AAF). The project proposes “express” rail service between Miami and Orlando, with additional stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The service is proposed to operate on the Florida East Coast (FEC) rail corridor from Miami to Cocoa and along SR 528 from Cocoa to the Orlando International Airport. The company proposes to operate hourly service from 6 AM until 9 PM, with 16 daily trains in each direction, totaling 32 trains per day. FECI indicates the service would operate at speeds up to 79 MPH from Miami to West Palm Beach, up to 110 MPH from West Palm Beach to Cocoa (including Martin County), and up to 125 MPH from Cocoa to Orlando.

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