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THIS RAPID LINE WAS PRIVATELY FINANCED AND BUILT. CAN THE STATE REGULATE IT?

SEN. DEBBIE MAYFIELD PLANS TO PUSH FOR MORE STATE OVERSIGHT OF ALL ABOARD FLORIDA’S BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE. This bill was founded by troubling issues found from reading an Oct. 31 report from the Legislature’s Office of Program Poly Analysis and Government Accountability.

TRI-RAIL AND BRIGHTLINE RISK MISSING DEADLINE FOR TRAIN SAFETY SYSTEM

BRIGHTLINE AND TRI-RAIL ARE AT RISK OF MISSING A MANDATED DEADLINE OF INSTALLING A CRITICAL SAFETY SYSTEM ON THEIR TRAINS AGAIN. Both companies are supposed to have the technology "positive train control" - which overrides humans to correct their errors before trains can derail, collide with other trains or work crews, or steer onto the wrong tracks - by Dec. 31, 2018.

Originally, Congress gave the railroads until 2015 to install this valuable technology, but the railroads protested and the deadline was moved to the end of 2018.

TOO MANY QUESTIONS FOR NORTHERN BRIGHTLINE EXPANSION

THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THE BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROPOSAL THAN WHAT HAS BEEN REPORTED, writes Robert Cannon of the Palm Beach Post. Tune into Cannon's article as he addresses concerns about the addition of a second set of tracks at 100+ intersections and large bridges.

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CSX FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS CAUSING 31 TRAIN CARS TO COME OFF TRACKS IN ALEXANDRIA

A CSX FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILED IN ALEXANDRIA SATURDAY MORNING, CAUSING 31 TRAIN CARS TO COME OFF THE TRACKS, lead investigating agency NTSB said.

The NTSB's initial findings suggest the train derailed in the Eisenhower corridor before striking a bridge. Luckily, no injuries were reported and the 31 cars that derailed did not contain hazardous materials.

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Original Article was written by Kendra Mann of ABC7.

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.

FLORIDA MAN STRUCK, KILLED BY TRAIN WHILE WEARING EARPHONES

VALRICO, FL - DUSTIN R. PIERCE WAS STUCK AND KILLED SATURDAY BY A CSX TRAIN. Pierce crossed the tracks and did not see the crossing arms because he was using his cellphone with earphones, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The highway was closed for two hours, WTSP reported.

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MAN HIT, KILLED BY TRAIN IN FLORIDA

VALRICO, FL - A PEDESTRIAN HAS BEEN HIT AND KILLED BY A TRAIN, authorities say. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the crash occurred early Saturday morning, and the man died at the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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76 TRAIN DEATHS IN 3 YEARS - FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILROAD IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN REPORTED

TRESPASSING FATALITIES ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST TRACKS IN SOUTH FLORIDA HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS AN "EPIDEMIC" AND 2018 MAY BE THE WORST. From 2015, at least 76 deaths by Brightline passenger trains and Florida East Coast Railway freight trains have occurred. This includes 19 in 2015, 26 in 2016, 23 in 2017, and 8 within the first four months of 2018.

This comprehensive data shows significantly more deaths than the Federal Railroad Administration's public data due to "certain suicide reporting restrictions intended to safeguard privacy."

BRIGHTLINE CRITICIZED FOR D.C. HEARING

CONGRESSIONAL PANEL BALKS AT REQUEST FOR PUBLIC FUNDS TO EXTEND RAIL SERVICE. On Thursday, Congressmen blasted Brightline for possibly circumventing federal law to obtain $1.75 billion of tax-free financing, and suggested the financing for Brightline's Miami-to-Orlando passenger railroad could be in jeopardy.

OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER HELPS SAVE 90-YEAR-OLD-VETERAN WHOSE CAR WAS ON TRAIN TRACKS

90-YEAR-OLD ARNOLD MARK WAS SAVED BY OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER DAVID JACOBSON, whose car was stuck on the railroad tracks and a train approaching. Marks, an Army veteran from Port St. Lucie, said Monday he had driven through Confusion Conver several times before and he meant to make a right turn but ended up on the tracks instead.

"I was going maybe 5 miles (per hour) when I was making that turn," Mark said. "I couldn't go forward, I couldn't go backwards. I was just stuck."

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