Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

PBPost: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over bonds for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

“A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits filed by Martin and Indian River counties challenging All Aboard Florida’s plan to sell tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service. Martin County said it was ‘assessing its next legal steps,’ … Click here to read more

Judge signs off on environmental permit for Brightline rail project

From The Palm Beach Post: “An administrative law judge has signed off on an environmental permit that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline needs to build its passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. In a 23-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter … Click here to read more

First All Aboard Florida train finished and ready for testing

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Originally, All Aboard Florida said it would initiate the Orlando route by the end of 2017, but that was delayed as Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits challenging the company’s ability to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. The company has since announced it will pursue the bond sale in two parts … 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

BCC: Incomplete AAF construction plans, absence of right-of-way permits limit Martin analysis

“Upon initial review, however, the most glaring issues identified in All Aboard Florida’s current plans are: no track construction or track grading plans; no preliminary railway signal plans or fiber optic plans; and no floodplain approvals. Additionally, Martin County has consistently requested additional, often utilized safety features to protect the public but that AAF continues to omit from its plans … 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

Martin BCC re All Aboard Florida lobbyist: ‘There was never a conflict of interest…’

From Martin County BCC: “We have a long, trusted relationship with our lobbyists, including Ballard Partners. We retain Ballard Partners to work on other important issues for the County and we are proud of their proven track record, delivering success after success for the citizens of Martin County … Click here to read more

Martin County requests extension for comments for Army Corps permit for All Aboard Florida

Martin County joins Indian River County and Congressman Bill Posey in requesting a time extension for the comment period of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permit application for the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF aka Brightline) high-speed passenger rail project. … Click here to read more

Martin County advocates for safety measures, awaits response to public records request re AAF

On December 17, 2015, Martin County made a public records request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for copies of written communications from FRA concerning safety issues for the AAF (All Aboard Florida) project. In spite of the time sensitivity and importance of this, the FRA has not fulfilled the request in the two months since it was originally made. … Click here to read more

Commissioners reaffirm commitment to fighting All Aboard Florida

Today, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners vigorously and unanimously recommitted financial resources for the continued fight against the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) rail project. … Click here to read more