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  • Martin County has asked a federal court to take back the $1.75 billion of tax-exempt bonds issued to All Aboard Florida, according to court documents filed late Friday.

  • A major strike against All Aboard Florida — one that would rescind $1.75 billion of tax-exempt financing — has been initiated by Indian River County in legal action filed Friday.

  • Martin and Indian River counties have staked millions of dollars on their belief that All Aboard Florida must have financial support from the government to complete its Miami-to-Orlando railroad.

    In their federal court case, the counties have presented compelling evidence that the $3.1 billion railroad cannot proceed without tax-exempt bonds, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in August confirmed these claims have merit.

  • For the first time ever, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been shipped by railroad in the U.S., prompting concerns about risks of accidents and a lack of state or federal regulation for the new and hazardous cargo.

    The 40-foot long cryogenic tanks owned by the Japanese company Hitachi, built to be transported by rail, truck, and barge, will each carry more than 7,000 gallons of natural gas, which has been chilled down to negative 260 degrees Fahrenheit, from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska. The company Alaska Railroad will do the carrying.

    It's being closely watched by both the oil and gas and railroad industries, which say that shipping LNG by rail is cheaper and more efficient than hauling it by truck. Alaska Railroad points to Japan as a successful example of the robust transport ofLNG-by-rail.

    But it's also raised concerns among environmentalists, who argue that not only is the process potentially dangerous, but that it represents a further build-out of fossil fuel infrastructure as the climate crisis worsens.

    “We know LNG facilities and oil trains both have deadly histories of explosions, and the public deserves to know more about this expansion of the country’s fossil fuel infrastructure,” Dune Lankard, senior Alaska representative for the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), said in a press release. “Rather than finding new ways of burning more fossil fuels, this country needs to address climate change and convert to clean energy.”

    CBD has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to learn more about the Alaska Railroad proposal earlier this year and to date, has not received anything but what it describes as a “non-responsive reply.”

    In October 2015, the FRA granted Alaska Railroad a two-year permit allowing it to send a dozen LNG cars per train on trips across the state. After this fall's pilot run, the railroad will make a decision about whether it's worth pursuing LNG shipments as a new line of business, a company representative told the Associated Press.

    “Seven more round-trips over four weeks will follow,” Tim Sullivan, manager of external affairs for Alaska Railroad told the industry publication LNG Global. “We're going to take the information that we get in terms of our efficiencies, the logistics of moving this stuff, find out where we can improve, what we can improve, and the things we can't improve, and start making decisions as to whether we can make this a line of business.”

  • The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the derailment of a Long Island commuter train Saturday night that left 33 people injured, authorities said. The first three carriages of the 12-car Long Island Rail Road train came off the tracks about half a mile east of New Hyde Park station, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. New Hyde Park is about 20 miles east of Manhattan.

  • If someone asks you why you’re so concerned about AAF adding 32 trains per day and FEC doubling its freight traffic and adding even more dangerous chemicals to the cargo, please suggest they turn on the national news or google ‘train accidents’ and see what we’re talking about. We don’t want to dwell on the negative or use others’ misfortunes to further our cause, but the facts speak for themselves.


    A New Jersey commuter train crashed into a busy railroad terminal Thursday morning, killing one person, the latest in a series of fatal passenger train accidents around the country.

    Mass transit is enjoying a resurgence in many U.S. cities. But the accidents highlight that financially strapped passenger railroads are struggling to quickly install the latest safety technologies, and in some cases have prioritized keeping trains moving over using fail-safe systems they already have.

    Four people died in 2013 when the engineer of another New York City-area commuter train fell asleep at the controls and sped through a tight curve, derailing the train. Eight people died in Philadelphia last year when an Amtrak train derailed after speeding through a sharp turn. Both crashes could have been prevented by automatic braking systems that were planned but not yet deployed.

  • For more than two years All Aboard Florida has made every effort to convince the public that its rail project is unstoppable. Many in the media have even called for surrender.

    Then, last month a U.S. District Court judge ruled against All Aboard Florida. Treasure Coast counties are now allowed to proceed with legal challenges to the permits issued to All Aboard Florida. The deal is not done. Forget the white flags.

  • Federal and state agencies soon will receive a new suggested route for All Aboard Florida, one which would skirt Martin County yet still cut through other areas of the Treasure Coast.

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