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

AAF’s Brightline train service unveils 2nd phase safety plans, may delay completion

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service unveiled safety plans on Monday for the second phase of its express route linking Miami to Orlando, but the timeline for when those upgrades will be made depends largely on the tight municipal bond market, company officials said. After a cursory review, Martin officials said Monday that Brightline’s safety plans lack key details … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE): 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

Update from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE)

“CARE FL is 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 supporters are often asked why other state leaders, such as Governor Rick Scott and Florida Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold, are not doing more to help. CARE was extremely disappointed … Click here to read more

BCC Agenda item seeks more money to fight AAF

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting features an update on the battle against All Aboard Florida that includes a request for additional public funding to prevent the invasion of our community by 32 passenger trains and 20 or more freight trains each day. Most of the funding requests are necessary to carry on a successful battle … Click here to read more

Where Martin County stands in the fight against All Aboard Florida

From the Martin County Board of County Commissioners: “On Aug. 4, hours before the Florida Development Financial Corporation’s decision to issue the tax-free bonds regarding the All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). However, Martin County believes the claim that the document is “final” is not actually true in several respects and needs public examination. … Click here to read more

Alphabet soup: BCC on AAF, CRA, CPA, NAC, FPL

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features agenda items on All Aboard Florida (AAF), Florida Power and Light (FPL), Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) appointments, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) real estate transactions and three Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA).Two interesting presentations are also on tap, including a slick slide show … Click here to read more

Feds: No significant adverse impact from All Aboard Florida

From The Palm Beach Post: “The Federal Railroad Administration has released its final environmental impact statement on All Aboard Florida, concluding that it would have no significant or adverse effects on Treasure Coast communities … Click here to read more

Martin County: Federal study of All Aboard Florida impacts flawed

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Martin County officials on Tuesday said a federal study evaluating the environmental impacts of the All Aboard Florida project is flawed, and pointed to their own research which they say shows significantly more boaters travel under the St. Lucie River railroad bridge than previously estimated … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in FL re EIS draft released by Federal Railroad Administration

“The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) draft released by the Federal Railroad Administration is only being conducted because All Aboard Florida (AAF) wants a federal loan – in the amount of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion – … Click here to read more