Environmental Impact

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.

BRIGHTLINE BENEFITS FROM MALODOROUS STATE GOVERNMENT | OUR VIEW

IF YOU THINK BRIGHTLINE'S LATEST DEAL SMELLS BAD, YOU'RE CORRECT, The Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board states regarding the high-speed passenger rail's latest deal in which they received approval from the Orange County Commission - which converts more than 100 acres to wetlands along the Beachline Expressway for their Miami to Orlando extension - thanks to John Miklos.

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.

Read more here.

DISCARDED RAILROAD TIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA | WPBF 25 INVESTIGATES

PEOPLE IN PALM BEACH AND MARTIN COUNTY ARE OUTRAGED OVER PILES OF DISCARDED RAILROAD TRASH LITTERED ACROSS THEIR COMMUNITIES. This trash consists of old concrete railroad ties that were replaced in April of 2017.

Residents have sent messages to the Florida East Coast Railway executives, the Federal Railroad Administration. When they emailed the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), they received a reply that the "old concrete and wooden ties will lie on our property until a contractor removes them."

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT OUTDATED AND A NEW ONE IS NEEDED, TREASURE COAST SAYS

TREASURE COAST OFFICIALS SAID ON TUESDAY SAID A 2015 FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT IS OUTDATED AND A NEW ONE IS REQUIRED. Martin and Indian River counties and CARE FL sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate a supplemental environmental report.

"[The 2015 report has grown stale and there have been a number of new circumstances that warrant DOT's careful reconsideration," Ruth Holmes, senior assistant Martin County attorney said.

The report that was released in August 2015 concluded that any harm from All Aboard Florida could be mitigated.

I-TEAM: CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ASK FFC TO INVESTIGATE IMPACT OF MBTA WiFi PROJECT

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN MASSACHUSETTS ARE ASKING THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO "CAREFULLY" EXAMINE A PROJECT THAT WOULD UPGRADE WIFI SERVICE ALONG THE MBTA'S COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEM. This project would mean the installation of hundreds of 74-foot poles every mile of track along the first 110 locations on the north side of the metro area, including the backyards of unsuspecting homeowners.

SUSAN MEHIEL - TRAIN WRECK TIMES - ALL ABOARD FLORIDA IS REALLY ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE

Well, a couple of things have come across the transom as of late and although we were taking a hiatus from publishing the TWT, we decided that periodic updates might not be a bad idea.

Here are a couple of items of note as we continue to wait for more movement on the corporate selling of FECR and Fortress Investment Group. Following those items is important information for our entire region that is related to AAF development while not specifically a part of the war. We thought everyone should be aware of what’s happening, as we speak, in their counties along the Treasure Coast.

FEDERAL AGENCY WITHDRAWS CONTROVERSIAL SHORELINE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN

FEDERAL RAILROAD OFFICIALS ARE WITHDRAWING THEIR CONTROVERSIAL PLAN TO AUTHORIZE CONSTRUCTION OF A HIGH-SPEED INLAND RAIL LINE THROUGH SOUTHEASTER CONNECTICUT SHORELINE COMMUNITIES. This proposal was a 30-mile inland rail line stretch from Old Saybrook to Kenyon, RI.

The federal proposal, termed the "Kenyon Bypass," was raised in 2015 and was immediately opposed; local officials and residents argued that the high-speed rail line with elevated tracks would ruin the character of shoreline communities and bypass existing rail stations.

RICH CAMPBELL TC PALM REPORT: A TRENCH UNDER RAILROAD TRACKS? YOU PAID TO STUDY THIS

The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization paid consultant Jeffrey Weidner, vice president of Martin Engineering, $80,000 to study if the county should build a crossing on St. Lucie Avenue and a stairwell-and-ramp walkway near Railroad Avenue. However, these two-grade separation crossings would come with a hefty price tag.

The overpass on Indian Street would cost $83.6 million. The underpass on Monterey Road would cost $68.5 million.

LETTER TO TC PALM: BRIGHTLINE LAWSUITS SHOULD FOCUS ON SAFETY MEASURES

The news on All Aboard Florida's Brightline lawsuits ignore the major danger, Stuart Robert A. Gibbons comments in this letter to the TC Palm. He comments that the major danger is if the latest safety equipment, including automatic braking sensors, are not installed on every train passing through Stuart center, it is only a matter of time before a major disaster occurs. He also comments that AAF and Brightline should be paying for these installments.

Read more of Stuart's letter here.