WPEC: Residents and businesses mount protest to All Aboard Florida rail service

Train traffic is set to increase in 2015 with All Aboard Florida, a new high speed passenger rail to connect Orlando to South Florida. WPEC reports that the train doesn’t stop in Stuart, but more trains passing through, means boaters will have to wait longer to pass by the bridge that allows most Martin and St. Lucie County boaters to get to the ocean and back on the St. Lucie River.

Residents are fighting to move the new train service, they say will snarl traffic and even boat traffic.

All Aboard Florida’s site states the project has economic and environmental benefits.

* Travel time: The new passenger rail service will transport passengers between downtown Miami and Orlando in approximately three hours.

* Schedule: All Aboard Florida will offer hourly service starting in the early morning with last departures in the evening. All Aboard Florida is also determining tailored schedules for special events and venues.

* Stations: Station design is advancing. The route will include stations in downtown Miami and Orlando, with intermediate stops in downtown Fort Lauderdale and downtown West Palm Beach. Stations will provide access to international airports, seaports and existing transit systems.

* Services and amenities: The new passenger rail service will provide premium amenities, including Wi-Fi internet service, gourmet meals, reserved seating, and will be fully equipped with easy-on/easy-off baggage compartments.

The approximately $1 billion project will operate on a regular schedule throughout the day, transporting passengers between South Florida and Orlando in approximately three hours. All Aboard Florida estimates it will create 6,000 direct jobs to construct the system and over 1,000 more jobs to operate and maintain it.

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