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

Brightline fatality: Woman killed on tracks in Boynton Beach a day before train’s public debut

From The New York Post: “Melissa Lavell, 32, was on the tracks of the Brightline train around 6:25 p.m. Friday, after the gates were already in the down position, The Sun-Sentinel reported. She had apparently tried to make it across — ducking under the guard rails — before the train approached. … Click here to read more

Call for Action from Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida

From CARE FL  (Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida): “It has come to our attention that during their next meeting on Tuesday, January 9th at 9:00AM, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners plan to take up an update from staff related to All Aboard Florida/Brightline. It is important to encourage our commissioners to stay the course related to the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida/Brightline project. … Click here to read more

Brightline high-speed trains have a dark side

From Carl Hiaasen in The Miami Herald: “Every passenger rail in this country spews red ink, and Brightline has zero chance of being the lone exception. Its exorbitant Phase 2 is a nonstop run from West Palm to Orlando, via Cocoa. Eventually, we’ll all be paying for this doomed folly, falsely promoted as privately funded … Click here to read more