All Aboard Florida

BEFORE BRIGHTLINE BECAME NATION'S DEADLIEST RAILROAD, ITS OWNER REJECTED SAFETY FIXES

IN APRIL 2014, FLORIDA BULLDOG REPORTED THAT BRIGHTLINE (NOW VIRGIN TRAINS, USA) REJECTED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MORE SUFFICIENT SAFETY FEATURES AT PLANNED RAIL CROSSINGS, where their train would be running up to speeds of 79 mph. These safety measures were recommended by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which included sealed corridors at 31 crossings as well as fenced bridges and underpasses.

COURT REJECTS INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CHALLENGE AGAINST BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA

THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS REJECTED INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CLAIMS OF IMPROPERLY APPROVED FUNDS FOR BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA FRIDAY.

However, this is not the end to the fight.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY TRAIN IN LAKE WORTH BEACH

A MAN WAS KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A TRAIN FRIDAY NIGHT. The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported that the man died at the scene.

Read more here.

Original article written by Sabrina Lolo of the 12 News.

RIDERSHIP IS DOWN AND REVENUES ARE DOWN AND FLAT | VIRGIN TRAINS MONTHLY RIDERSHIP REVENUE REPORT

VIRGIN TRAINS USA RELEASED THEIR MONTHLY RIDERSHIP AND REVENUE REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 ON FRIDAY. Ridership is down, and revenues are down and flat.

Attached is a spreadsheet showing the quarterly ridership numbers since beginning service in the first quarter of 2018 and monthly ridership numbers for the past 12 months.

Below is a chart of the monthly revenue since March 2019. 

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - GOOD NEWS AND BAD

 

 

 

TRAIN WRECK TIMES

BY SUSAN MEHIEL

GOOD NEWS AND BAD

We are pleased to report our Guest Column in the TC Palm newspapers ran today. Read the article here.

LOCAL LEGISLATORS WANT TO REGULATE VIRGIN TRAINS

STATE SENATOR DEBBIE MAYFIELD PLANS TO PUSH BILL FOR INCREASED SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR HIGHER-SPEED PASSENGER RAILROADS. Mayfield plans to submit her proposal later this month.

This bill follows the findings in the 2018 Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability report, which reported that more deaths and injuries occur along the Florida passenger-rails lines than the national average.

Read more here.

WOMAN FATALLY STRUCK BY TRAIN IN DEERFIELD BEACH

A WOMAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL TRAIN SATURDAY NIGHT. Investigators said the victim was a trespasser and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more here.

The original article was written by the Miami 7 News.

PORT ST. LUCIE MAN STRUCK, KILLED BY TRAIN SUNDAY MORNING IN DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE

31-YEAR-OLD CLAYTON HUMPHRIES WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A TRAIN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, the Fort Pierce Police Department reported. Humphries was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation, police department spokeswoman Audria Moore-Wells said.

This is the second time this year a person has been killed after being struck by a train in Fort Pierce.

Read more here.

SUSAN MEHIEL'S TRAIN WRECK TIMES - MOVEMENT ON LNG AND MORE

 


Train Wreck Times

By Susan Mehiel

Movement on LNG and a CALL TO ACTION!

 

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST VIRGIN TRAINS USA/BRIGHTLINE

THE INDIAN RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION FILED AN AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S APPEAL OF PABs for the privately-owned high-speed passenger rail project Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline.

The association argued that the U.S. Department of Transportation "misinterpreted laws in order to qualify Brightline/Virgin Trains USA for the bond financing."

Appellate Judges David S. Tatel, Patricia A. Millett and Neomi J. Rao accepted the association's brief on June 3.