September 17, 5:30 PM: Public invited to hearing for train station in Stuart

 The City of Stuart City Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Monday. September 17 at 5:30 PM for a Train Station Workshop. The meeting will be held at Stuart City Hall, 121 SW Flagler Avenue in the Commission Chambers. The public is invited to attend. … Click here to read more

Brightline invites Treasure Coast cities to select, request location for a possible train station

From WPTV: “Brightline could be just months away from preparing to expand its services north through the Treasure Coast and to Orlando, but is now offering a change in their plan that could make some opponents change their mind … Click here to read more

Feds approve seven-month extension for Brightline train bonds

From Florida Politics: “The federal government has granted a seven-month extension for All Aboard Florida to sell the $1.15 billion in private equity bonds it intends to use to finance the proposed higher-speed rail expansion that could roll private Brightline passenger trains between South Florida and Orlando. With the extension, the train project continues to roll … Click here to read more

Brightline celebrates inaugural ride, announces launch date for service to MiamiCentral

Press release from Brightline: “Brightline, Florida’s new hospitality-focused express intercity passenger rail service, announces introductory service into MiamiCentral, the new 11-acre intermodal development in the heart of downtown Miami, will begin Saturday, May 19 … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast residents don’t take kindly to Brightline CEO’s name-calling

From WPTV: “The name calling started on Capitol Hill Thursday morning with Brightline’s CEO and his choice for words for the Treasure Coast, calling those who oppose the plan, ‘narrow-minded.'” … Click here to read more

Congressman Mast announces oversight committee hearing on Brightline

“Despite their claims to the contrary, Brightline has pursued public, taxpayer-funded financing,” Rep. Mast said. “Taxpayers deserve the truth about who is paying for Brightline, and our community deserves answers about why they are refusing to address critical safety and economic concerns.” The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  … Click here to read more

Brightline train involved in sixth death on South Florida tracks

From The Sun-Sentinel: “A man was killed by a Brightline train Sunday, marking at least the sixth death involving the service since it began trial runs last year … Click here to read more

‘Dangerous and Deadly Incidents Will Continue’: Update from Citizens Against Rail Expansion

“As deadly incidents involving All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline trains continue to occur on an alarmingly regular basis on the limited Phase I route, we want to remind our communities of what we believe to be the primary public safety concerns at the many inherently dangerous at-grade crossings along the proposed route of this ill-conceived project … Click here to read more

County engineer highlights safety concerns with high-speed rail in Martin County

From CBS12: “While Treasure Coast leaders are opposed to the Brightline expansion, many realize it’s going to happen anyway. The Director of Engineering for Martin County, Terry Routh, said, ‘we just want it to be as safe as possible.’ To get through Stuart, the train will have to go around a sharp curve just over the Old Roosevelt Bridge. ‘There have been two derailments on that curve historically … Click here to read more

Congressman Brian Mast and family in Wednesday’s Amtrak train collision in Virginia

From US Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL18, Treasure Coast): “Today I was traveling with my two boys on an Amtrak train in Virginia when our train collided with a truck at an at-grade road crossing. My family and I are okay, but … Click here to read more

Second person killed by Brightline in less than a week: Man struck in Boynton Beach Wednesday

From ABC: “A man was killed Wednesday by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach, officials said. The man was riding a bicycle when he was struck by the train before 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Ocean Avenue … Click here to read more