‘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

Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control that could have prevented Amtrak crash

From WPTV: Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control before Congress’ 2018 deadline, but in Martin County engineers worry that if that deadline gets extended that trains that one day travel through the Treasure Coast will not have the important technology. … Click here to read more

Amtrak derailment fuels concern from Martin County locals against Brightline

From WPTV: “It’s too early to tell if speed was a factor in the Amtrak train derailment in Washington, but speed and safety is an important reason why people in Martin County oppose Brightline’s phase two. Starting next year, some Stuart business owners and locals will see Brightline’s construction … Click here to read more

Brightline rail service bonds get noninvestment grade

From Miami Today: “The startup luxury Brightline rail service that is now expected to link Miami with West Palm Beach by the end of March 2018 has received a non-investment grade rating on about $600 million in revenue bonds that are to be issued by the Florida Development Finance Corp. on behalf of the line’s owners … Click here to read more

Brightline to start simulated service this week

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. Brightline is expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this month … Click here to read more