All Aboard Florida

BRIGHTLINE RAIL SERVICE BONDS GET NONINVESTMENT GRADE

BRIGHTLINE HAS RECEIVED A NON-INVESTMENT GRADE RATING ON $600 MILLION IN REVENUE BONDS THAT ARE TO BE ISSUED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT FINANCE CORP. Fitch Ratings, which was hired by Brightline's owner All Aboard Florida to rate the bonds, rated the bonds BB- last week.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - UPDATE FROM THE FRONT LINES IN THE WAR AGAINST AAF

Susan Mehiel's Train Wreck Times - An Update from the Front Lines in the War Against AAF

SENATE BILL 572 HAS PASSED - STATEMENT BY CARE FL CHAIRMAN BRENT HANLON

THE FLORIDA SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PASSED SENATE BILL 572 BY SENATOR DEBBIE MAYFIELD ON NOVEMBER 14. This bill establishes the Florida High Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act. Brent Hanlon, chairman of Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL), released the following statement regarding the committee's passage of the bill.

"Today's vote by the Senate Transportation Committee demonstrates the commitment our elected leaders have to the safety and well-being of Florida residents and taxpayers," he begins.

ARE DEATHS A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME - BRIGHTLINE ANALYSIS BY RICH CAMBPELL

ALTHOUGH BRIGHTLINE HAS NOT BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL USE, TWO INDIVIDUALS HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED BY THESE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAINS. Not a good start for a project that might eventually bring 32 daily passenger trains through the Treasure Coast, says Rich Campell of the TC Palm.

MAYFIELD REFILES HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL BILL: SB 572

STATE SENATOR DEBBIE MAYFIELD HAS REFILED THE FLORIDA HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL SAFETY ACT. This would provide the Florida Department of Transporation the authority to modify any high-speed passenger rail services in the state, as well as requiring railroad companies operating a high-speed rail system to be solely responsible for maintenance, improvement, and upgrade fees, etc.

Mayfield's first bill, S 386, was denied in Community Affairs.

SB 572 was filed on October 20 and has been placed on the Committee agenda to be discussed tomorrow (November 14) at 2 p.m.

WOMAN KILLED BY BRIGHTLINE TRAIN, DEPUTIES SAY

A WOMAN DIED SHORTLY AFTER BEING HIT BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING IN DEERFIELD BEACH, DEPUTIES SAID. Jennifer Reed, 35, died shortly before 7 a.m. after being hit by the northbound train on the tracks just east of Dixie Highway, south of Northeast 48 Street.

Medical examiners were seen removing Reed's body at about 9:30. Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Joy Oglesby said that no passengers were on the train when the crash happened and no other injuries were reported.

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CARE FL OCTOBER 2017 UPDATE - TIME FOR TRANSPARENCY

October 2017 Update

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) continues to actively pursue all appropriate legal, political and public communication channels to stop the ill-conceived All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline rail project that threaten the public safety and current way of life of communities throughout the Treasure Coast.

Financing Update

FEC CONCEALED PLANS TO MOVE DEADILY LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS NEXT TO ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S PASSENGER TRAINS

THE FLORIDA EAST COAST RAIL CORRIDOR WILL SHARE ITS HIGHLY POPULATED, CONGESTED ROUTE WITH 300 AT-GRADE CROSSINGS WITH ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S (AAF) 110 MPH PASSENGER TRAIN WITH LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG), according to documents obtained by Martin and Indian River Counties and Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL).

BRIGHTLINE FEBRUARY TRAIN CAR DERAILMENT COMES TO LIGHT; CRITICS CALL IT DISTURBING

A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN DERAILED IN FEBRUARY AND WE ONLY RECENTLY LEARNED ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. On Monday, Citizens Against Rail Expansion (CARE FL) criticized All Aboard Florida (AAF) for not mentioning it during Florida Legislature testimony about rail safety.

CARE FL and the counties of Indian River and Martin said it took them months to confirm the Feb. 11 accident, and only after they hired a Washington D.C. law firm to pursue it.

BRIGHTLINE MIAMI-TO-ORLANDO TRAIN DELAYED AGAIN

BRIGHTLINE PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE WILL NOW DEBUT BY THE END OF 2017 RATHER THAN EARLY FALL, THE MIAMI HERALD REPORTED.

"Brightline looks forward to launching service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach by the end of this year," a Brightline representative issued in a recent statement. "We want to ensure Brightline is reliable and safe for our guests and the surrounding communities while built to connect South Florida for the next 100 years."

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