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STUART APPEARS READY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BRIGHTLINE STATION PROPOSAL

THE CITY OF STUART IS READY TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION FOR A BRIGHTLINE STATION WITHIN DAYS, reports TCPalm. The City Commision is set to send demographic information to Brightline, the first step toward possibly establishing a station.

The proposed information suggests three locations. Commissioners are also set to review survey results that had asked residents whether they wanted a Brightline station in their area.

CITIZENS GROUP RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT RAIL PROJECT

FLORIDA RECORD - CARRIE SALLS

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL) voiced its support for Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties in their challenge of environmental permits issued in connection with All Aboard Florida’s Miami-to-Orlando railway project.  

TCPALM: AAF SLIGHTED MARTIN COUNTY BY FAILING TO LOOK WEST

 

Federal and state agencies soon will receive a new suggested route for All Aboard Florida, one which would skirt Martin County yet still cut through other areas of the Treasure Coast.

The Martin County Commission  on Tuesday approved submitting this alternative route proposal to the Federal Railroad Administration, Florida Department of Transportation and South Florida Water Management District.

"I think this is a great alternative," Commissioner John Haddox said. "It should have been studied from the get-go."

TCPALM: ALL ABOARD FLORIDA IGNORED VIABLE WESTERN CORRIDOR

All Aboard Florida ignored a viable western railway corridor — one that would take Brightline passenger trains away from Martin County coastal communities — when preparing its federal environmental report, according to an engineering consultant for the county.

Consultant Rick Creech's report is to be released to the County Commission Tuesday.

THE BOAT BUSINESS AND A FORT LAUDERDALE RAILROAD BRIDGE

Talking with people who make their living based on boats and many quickly mention what they think is the biggest threat to their livelihood -- a bridge. That single bridge crosses the New River near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Florida East Coast Railway operates the bridge, which handles freight traffic now. However, with All Aboard Florida's plans to run passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando over the same tracks, South Florida's marine industry worries what that rail traffic could mean for the flow of its business on the water.

US PORTS PREPARE FOR INCREASE IN FREIGHT FROM PANAMA CANAL

Giant backhoes claw into the ground, as helmeted workers position rebar atop of concrete pillars 100 feet tall. Cranes, trucks and teams of workers toil through a construction site here large enough to fit three Empire State Buildings, laying end to end.

More than 2,000 miles north, workers at the Port of New York and New Jersey are busy with their own colossal project: raising a bridge 64 feet, dredging the muck and mud of a harbor to deepen its waters and laying down new railroad lines.

WOMAN STRUCK BY TRAIN IN WEST PALM BEACH

WPBF ABC News

A woman was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center Wednesday morning after colliding with an Amtrak train at the railroad crossing at 25th street and Windsor Avenue in West Palm Beach. 

The woman has been identified as Tairia Lee, 24, of Riviera Beach.

Twenty-fifth Street was closed between Australian Avenue and Tamarind Avenue while West Palm Beach police investigated. 

The train was loaded with passengers when the crash happened.

Lee remains in critical condition, authorities said.

FIVE DEAD AFTER AMTRAK TRAIN COLLIDES WITH MINIVAN IN COLORADO

Washington Post - Travis M. Andrews

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday, an Amtrak train struck a minivan near Trinidad, Colo., killing three children and two adults.

Amtrak Train 3, the Southwest Chief passenger train, was traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles with 286 passengers on board when it collided with a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan on Las Animas County Road 32. The minivan contained two adults and four children.

OKEECHOBEE BLVD CLOSURE FRUSTRATES DRIVERS

 

Al Pefley - http://cbs12.com

 

This weekend anyone who lives, works or visits downtown West Palm Beach could have a tough time driving through there.

All Aboard Florida will be constructing new train tracks at the railroad crossing at Okeechobee Boulevard and Quadrille Boulevard for four days, resulting in detours.

Workers closed down Okeechobee Boulevard eastbound and westbound Friday night starting at 7:15 p.m.

RAILROAD EXPERT HARRY BRUCE'S TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE PREDICTION COMES TRUE

Kristina Webb - www.palmbeachpost.com

Work to lay railroad track for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service will block Okeechobee Boulevard for four days in May.

Brightline is laying a second line of track along the Florida East Coast right-of-way, just west of Okeechobee’s interesection with Quadrille Boulevard. Eastbound and westbound lanes of Okeechobee will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

Workers will be on-site 24 hours a day during this time.