Draft EIS

West Palm meeting big taste of what's in store for All Aboard Florida in Stuart

By Nicole Rodriguez TCPalm
 

WEST PALM BEACH — All Aboard Florida executives got a big taste Wednesday night of the fierce opposition they likely will face Thursday in Stuart.

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S PUBLIC MEETINGS ARE NOT SO PUBLIC - WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE UPCOMING MEETINGS

Public forums to discuss All Aboard Florida’s impact on communities settled along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks begin Monday, but opponents of the passenger rail project say the format of the federally organized gatherings restricts commenting and may cow critics.

The eight “open house”-style meetings on the draft environmental study released last month will allow attendees to speak individually with experts familiar with different aspects of the 520-page report.

Rep. Murphy calls for independent analysis of All Aboard Florida project

TCPalm Editorial

EYES TRAINED ON REPORT: U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy this week raised concerns about the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the All Aboard Florida high-speed rail project in connection with its application for a $1.6 billion federal loan.

Tom Monahan Observations On All Aboard Florida EIS Draft - A MUST READ

Early Observations on the E. I. S. By Tom Monahan September 26, 2014

Here in South Florida, we have to wonder if government officials hundreds of miles away in Washington realize how much we look to them to protect us from abuses. By living with the rumble of freight cars, waiting at crossings and bridges, and witnessing the situations where too many freight cars can ruin a beautiful downtown, we are constantly weighing the impact of All Aboard Florida.

Rep. Murphy to DOT chief: Independent analysis needed of All Aboard Florida report

By Arnie Rosenberg TC Palm September 30, 2014

Rep. Patrick Murphy is casting doubt on the facts in the All Aboard Florida draft Environmental Impact Statement and challenging the remedies the railroad proposes for a raft of potential problems.

In a letter Tuesday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Murphy, D-Jupiter, called for an independent review of the report, in part after learning “that there is no third-party analysis of the facts in the EIS.”

Columnist Rich Campbell: ALL ABOARD ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT A SHAM

Rich Campbell says: Peek behind the curtain and glimpse the process federal officials used in creating the draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed project.

Because the Federal Government does not have enough money to pay for Environmental Impact Studies – they allowed All Aboard Florida to:
1. Select the consultant
2. Pay for the consultant
3. Provide the content

Does this sound like an objective, independent process? The question is laughable.

“Feds report: Train’s impact will be slight”: It will certainly be slight for the feds, most of whom live in Washington.

“Feds: Train’s impact will be slight”: It will certainly be slight for the feds, most of whom live in Washington.   It appears that the impact report is more concerned with the impact on “wildlife, protected species and habitat” than it is about the residents who live north of West Palm Beach. The report states that an estimated 1,100 jobs per year will be created by All Aboard Florida. After construction of additional rails and more protection at crossings, how many jobs will remain for the people north of West Palm Beach?

The Draft EIS Is Here - No time for Treasure Coast residents to be silent on All Aboard Florida

By Rich Campbell, TCPalm

One of the very first paragraphs in the summary of the DRAFT EIS speaks volumes for Treasure Coast residents.

On Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on All Aboard Florida’s planned passenger rail service.

There will be no stops in Vero Beach, Fort Pierce or Stuart.