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

(Source: Florida Politics)

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 over whether that companies’ sister company All Aboard Florida, which will operate the Brightline trains, will be able to build and operate a passenger-service train system capable of going 120-mph that would link South Florida and Orlando.

The sparring came between Mast and Florida East Coast Industries’ executive director Mike Reininger during a hearing of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, delving into the …

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