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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.

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.

CARE FL JUNE 2017 UPDATE - AAF SEEKS MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DOT-SUBSIDIZED LOAN, PUTTING TAXPAYERS AT RISK

Documents confirm AAF is seeking a new Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). AAF and DOT have done their best to prevent the public from knowing this, and it is the latest example in AAF’s insatiable quest for public subsidies.

FLORIDA TRAIN DEVELOPER MAY SWITCH TRACKS ON FEDERAL FINANCING

All Aboard Florida and its parent company, Florida East Coast Industries, inquired in recent months about obtaining a low-interest loan to finance Brightline's train service from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration, according to correspondence obtained by The Bond Buyer.

STATEMENT BY BRENT HANLON, CHAIRMAN OF CARE FL AFTER U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING

"AAF has claimed that it is a private enterprise. But the evidence does not support this claim." - Brent Hanlon

Tune into a statement by Brent Hanlon, Chairman of Citizens Against Rail Expansion (CARE FL) after the hearing with the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Hearing.

During this hearing, All Aboard Florida's Brightline was challenged that their company's claims of being 100% privately funded were false and that some of the federally-backed loans and private equity bonds being pursued included federal money.

BRIAN MAST AND BRIGHTLINE EXEC CLASH OVER MONEY FOR RAILROAD

Treasure Coast's U.S. Representative Brian Mast and key railroad executive, Mike Reininger, behind AAF's Brightline high-speed passenger rail clashed in Congress yesterday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary.

CARE FL MAY 2017 REPORT - THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER!

On May 10, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper dismissed the case filed in 2015 by Martin and Indian River Counties, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew the $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation for All Aboard Florida that was challenged by both Counties as well as two individual members of CARE FL.