Community Opposition

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.

75 PEOPLE HAVE DIED ON FLORIDA RAIL SYSTEMS IN LESS THAN 18 MONTHS | SUSAN MEHIEL'S LETTER TO O’ROURKE

Dear Mr. O’Rourke,

Per your letter below sent to a number of people on the Treasure and Space Coasts of Florida, I would like to take the opportunity to point out a number of issues.

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT'S ESTIMATED COST RISES TO $79B, REPORT SAYS

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT INCREASED $2B TO A TOTAL OF $79B, according to a report by the High-Speed Rail Authority.

This project has been vehemently blasted by President Trump and other officials such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom comment that the full project "would cost too much and take too long."

The latest estimate for the high-speed rail project's completion is set for 2033.

Read more here.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - EXCELLENT NEWS AND LOTS OF POSITIVE EXPOSURES!

Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel

Excellent News and lots of Positive Exposure!

We’re pleased to report we had major success in Brevard County recently. After talking to the Board of County Commissioners at their meeting at the end of March, we were contacted by Commissioner Tobia who offered to sponsor a resolution regarding the AAF safety issues. We were pleased to work with his staff to produce a resolution.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - NEWS, NOTES AND EVENTS

Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - New, Notes and Event

Here’s a list of upcoming events and we encourage you to join us!

TODAY - March 19, 9:00 AM

Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting – We will speak during Public Comment regarding the need to Make Them Safe!

Please see the agenda for location and time here.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: LOCAL TREASURE COAST VOTERS DO NOT WANT HIGH-SPEED RAIL

"THE ALL ABOARD FLORIDA/BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN HIGH-SPEED RAIL VENTURE HAS BEEN A DEBACLE OF EVERY DIMENSION SINCE IT WAS FIRST PROPOSED FIVE YEARS AGO," Douglas Sweeny accurately states in an opinion article to the TC Palm. Sweeny highlights how financially infeasible and unsafe the project is, and comments that the majority of local Treasure Coasts residents do not want Virgin Trains USA's high-speed rail.

Read more here.

FORT PIERCE: BRIGHTLINE WANTS TO BUILD STATION, HOTEL AT H.D. KING SITE DOWNTOWN

BRIGHTLINE HAS ITS SIGHTS ON THE WATERFRONT H.D. KING SITE AS A LOCATION FOR A RAIL STATION HOTEL, said City Manager Nick Mimms due to its “proximity to a walkable downtown, beautiful waterfront and multi-modal transportation.”

On August 27, Brightline had asked officials in Treasure Coast counties to submit proposals of viable station locations in their area and community support. Fort Pierce proposed a location across from the main H.D. King site, which has been under development for the past decade to become a mixed-use project.

LETTER SENT TO USDOT SEC CHAO FROM CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS WITH DESANTIS, GAETZ, MAST, AND POSEY

CONGRESSMEN MARK MEADOWS WITH RON DESANTIS, MATT GAETZ, BRIAN MAST, AND BILL POSEY SENT A LETTER TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO. This letter follows the recent Operations Subcommittee hearing three weeks ago, which raised great concerns about the DOT's "interpretation" of Private Activity Bond allocation and the PABs that were allocated to All Aboard Florida's Brightline passenger rail.

BRIGHTLINE WILL PLACE UNDUE HARDSHIP ON TREASURE COAST | GUEST COLUMN

THE MARTIN COUNTY REALTORS OF THE TREASURE COAST APPLAUDS THE RECENT LEGAL ACTIONS BY MARTIN COUNTY, says Martin County REALTORS president H.B. Warren. Since the earliest stages of All Aboard Florida's plans to provide passenger rail, the Martin County Realtors organization has carefully examined the project's implications to property values and select infrastructure and expressed their concerns regarding safety, delays, diminishing waterfront home values and negatively impacting Martin County's ad valorem budget.

RUBIO QUESTIONS $1.75B FOR BRIGHTLINE

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLORIDA, CAST DOUBT ON BRIGHTLINE'S APPROVAL FOR $1.75 BILLION OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. This letter was sent after last week's Capitol Hill hearing, where congressmen criticised Brightline and the U.S. Department of Transportation for "circumventing federal law and defying congressional intent regarding the financing."

"When federal financing mechanisms are utilized, it is critical that the utmost transparency is proved to taxpayers," Rubio wrote. He requested for "information into DOT's analysis, review and the approval process" of the bonds as well.