Quality of Life

ONE WEEK AFTER CHANGING BRIGHTLINE NAME, VIRGIN TRAIN KILLS PEDESTRIAN IN POMPANO

A PEDESTRIAN WAS STUCK BY VIRGIN TRAINS AND DIED NEAR THE TRACKS ON APRIL 12, the Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed. This just a week since the privately-owned railway company Brightline rebranded as Virgin Trains USA. The cause of death is under investigation.

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The original article was written by Martin Vassolo of the Miami Herald.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: LOCAL TREASURE COAST VOTERS DO NOT WANT HIGH-SPEED RAIL

"THE ALL ABOARD FLORIDA/BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN HIGH-SPEED RAIL VENTURE HAS BEEN A DEBACLE OF EVERY DIMENSION SINCE IT WAS FIRST PROPOSED FIVE YEARS AGO," Douglas Sweeny accurately states in an opinion article to the TC Palm. Sweeny highlights how financially infeasible and unsafe the project is, and comments that the majority of local Treasure Coasts residents do not want Virgin Trains USA's high-speed rail.

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NEW CITIZENS GROUP FIGHTS FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY

NEW GROUP FLORIDA ALLIANCE FOR SAFE TRAINS (FAST) TAKES A STAND TO FIGHT FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY. Their goal is to have high-speed passenger rail like Virgin Trains USA/Brightline to "operate as safely as possible without using taxpayer dollars."

Learn more about FAST at their Facebook page here.

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WE NEED YOUR HELP | JOIN US FOR THE FDFC BOARD MEETING MARCH 6 AT 2:30 PM!

CALL TO ACTION!!

THIS IS BIG! The Florida Development Finance Corporation decided to accept the county’s request to move their board meeting to approve the Private Activity Bonds to a closer venue – Orlando BUT, they also moved the date up to MARCH 6 at 2:30 pm!

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.