Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida continues to fight All Aboard Florida/Brightline

From CARE FL: “There has been a lot of recent activity on this subject, indicating the matter is coming to a boil, due to AAF and its backers’ absolute fury that the Florida legislature has been considering passing safety regulations, as well as addressing the costs the project would impose on the counties and taxpayers … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT from Citizens Against Rail Expansion: Comment on All Aboard Florida now

From Brent Hanlon, chair of CARE FL:” Please let the MPOAC Governing Board know we do not want this ill-conceived project racing through our communities, explain that our citizen’s safety is more important than a private company making a profit. … Click here to read more

Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question

“On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All Aboard Florida (AAF, a.k.a Brightline), DOT announced that it has withdrawn the $1.75 billion bond allocation to AAF first made in 2014 … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida seeks to reshuffle its financing plan to avoid legal battle on unlawful bond allocation

Attorneys for Martin County filed a memo in Federal Court Tuesday asking a Judge to deny a request by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for an extension to file their opposition to Martin County’s motion for summary judgment … Click here to read more

Martin, St. Lucie challenge of SFWMD permit for All Aboard Florida to be heard by Admin Law Judge

On Monday, Administrative Law Judge, Bram E. Canter advised Martin and St. Lucie counties that a hearing regarding the counties’ petition to challenge the issuance of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) environmental resource permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project has been scheduled. … Click here to read more

Proposed SFWMD environmental permit for AAF in question after Martin County files petition

From the Martin County BOCC: “On Wednesday, September 14, Martin and St. Lucie counties filed a Petition with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) seeking a hearing on the proposed issuance of an environmental permit for the All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. SFWMD proposed granting AAF the permit for construction of railway facilities in Palm Beach, Martin and … Click here to read more

PBPost: Brightline (AAF) tests locomotive, train expected in fall, Martin continues fight

“All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced Thursday it has completed initial testing of its first locomotive at a manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California. Martin County commissioners last month said they planned to continue to fight to block the rail line’s expansion north through the Treasure Coast … Click here to read more

Martin County wins major victory in federal lawsuit against AAF

“Martin County has won a major victory in its opposition to the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed rail project. Late yesterday, in an important and favorable ruling for Martin County, U.S. District Court Judge, the Honorable Christopher Cooper, stated plaintiffs Martin and Indian River counties do have standing to proceed … Click here to read more

Must read: Update from Citizens Against Railway Expansion in Florida (CARE FL)

From Citizens Against Railway Expansion in Florida (CARE FL), a coalition of South Fl/Treasure Coast leaders/residents, concerned about safety and opposed to All Aboard Florida’s risky, high-speed passenger rail project: CARE FL continues to actively pursue all possible legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida: April 2016 update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE) continues to actively pursue all possible legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF) rail project that threatens the public safety and current way of life of communities throughout the Treasure Coast … Click here to read more

Federal Railroad Administration rebukes AAF (aka Brightline) for omitting safety requirements

Martin County has consistently maintained that threats to public safety are the most troubling facets of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF a.k.a Brightline) passenger rail project and related increases in freight rail. From the outset, AAF has sought to dictate the terms of what it will and will not do when it comes to safety requirements at grade crossings … Click here to read more