Quality of Life

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD REJECT $3.7 BILLION LOAN TO JAPANESE-OWNED COMPANY FOR FLORIDA HIGHER-SPEED RAIL PROJECT OPERATING ON MEXICAN COMPANY-OWNED LINE

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MAY APPROVE A $3.7 BILLION RAILROAD REHABILITATION & IMPROVEMENT FINANCING (RRIF) LOAN TO VIRGIN TRAINS, owned by SoftBank Group based in Tokyo, to build a high-speed passenger train project on a freight rail line owned by Grupo Mexico.

SoftBank Group and Grupo Mexico could easily afford to issue their own bonds to cover these costs.

POLICE IDENTIFY MAN KILLED ON TRAIN TRACKS IN WEST PALM BEACH

THE MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN SATURDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CONOR J. SCHERLE, according to the West Palm Beach police. Scherle was struck at the intersection of Okeechobee and Quadrille boulevards at around 4 a.m.

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The original article was written by Wayne K. Roustan of the Sun Sentinel.

MAN DROWNS IN CANAL AFTER BEING STRUCK BY BRIGHTLINE TRAIN

ANDRES ISRAEL RODRIGUEZ-OLIVA WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN NEW YEARS DAY, FELL INTO A CANAL AND DROWNED, authorities said.

The Brightine train video revealed that after being struck, Rodriguez-Oliva fell into the water. Twenty minutes later, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue retrieved his body from the canal and declared him dead at the scene.

This was the 11th fatality involving a Brightline train since test runs began in 2018.

TWO MEN TRAPPED IN CAR AFTER CRASH WITH BRIGHTLINE TRAIN

TWO MEN WERE TRAPPED IN THEIR CAR AFTER COLLIDING WITH A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT, officials said. The two had to be cut from their crumpled vehicle before being rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

Ten people have died after being struck by Brightline trains since their initial test runs in July 2017.

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TRAIN WRECK TIMES | HOLIDAY EDITION

The Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - Holiday Edition

WE HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Despite all of the so-called positive media they’ve drummed up and the votes by Martin County and CARE FL, AAF/Virgin is no closer to starting construction on the second phase of the project than they were when the year started…think about that for a minute.

PICKUP TRUCK STRUCK BY BRIGHTLINE TRAIN IN LAKE WORTH

A PICKUP TRUCK WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING in Lake Worth, Florida. Fortunately, the driver was able to escape before the impact.

More information to come.

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POLICE IDENTIFY MAN KILLED ON TRAIN TRACKS IN WEST PALM BEACH

THE MAN WHO WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, according to West Palm Beach, as Conor J. Scherle from Pennsylvania.

Scherle was stuck at 4 a.m. last Saturday. Police reports indicate a freight train was involved.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CHALLENGE TO BRIGHTLINE WELL WORTH THE COST | OPINION

IT HAS BEEN $4.56 PER YEAR FOR EACH INDIAN RIVER COUNTY RESIDENT TO STOP BRIGHTLINE/ALL ABOARD FLORIDA FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, states Nicholas Schaus of Indian River Shores. He states that this is little compared to the more substantial cost to taxpayers for rail crossing improvement brought on by Brightline.

Read more about this opinion article here.

DESPITE 'DISASTER RISK,' TRAINS WILL HAUL HAZARDOUS GAS CARGO IN SOUTH FLORIDA ALONGSIDE BRIGHTLINE

WHILE THE FLORIDA EAST RAILWAY (FEC) EXECUTIVES PUSHED FLORIDA'S EAST COAST CITIES AND COUNTIES TO APPROVE OF BRIGHTLINE'S HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN, they also quietly obtained permission to haul extremely flammable liquified natural gas along those same tracks.

Liquified natural gas (LNG) is a natural gas which is kept chilled and stable. When warmed, it can make natural gas to generate electricity. However, if a spill or puncture of a container during a train derailment would be deadly. When exposed to the air, LNG can "burst into flames."