Quiet Zones

FRA HOSTS SOUTH FLORIDA TOWN HALL ON RAIL SAFETY

THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING ON FEB 23 TO DISCUSS BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING HIGHWAY/RAIL GRADE CROSSING AND TRESPASSING INCIDENTS. Officials from Brightline, Florida East Coast Railway, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Amtrak and CSX were among those in attendance.

The FRA called the meeting because of concerns about the "recent spate of grade-crossing and pedestrian fatalities in South Florida."

STATE SUSPENDS BRIGHTLINE'S NEGOTIATIONS FOR ORLANDO TO TAMPA RIGHT-OF-WAY

THE RIGHT-OF-WAY LEASE THAT BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA NEEDS TO CONNECT ORLANDO WITH TAMPA IS ON HOLD. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has extended the negotiation deadline for this lease due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FDOT and Brightline have extended the negotiation deadlines regarding this lease five times before.

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WOMAN KILLED AFTER GETTING STRUCK BY TRAIN IN BOYNTON BEACH

A WOMAN DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VIRGIN TRAINS USA TRAIN, FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE, SUNDAY MORNING, the Boynton Beach police said.

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Original article was written by Sabrina Lolo of the CBS 12 News. Photo credits: WPEC

RUBIO QUESTIONS $1.75B FOR BRIGHTLINE

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLORIDA, CAST DOUBT ON BRIGHTLINE'S APPROVAL FOR $1.75 BILLION OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. This letter was sent after last week's Capitol Hill hearing, where congressmen criticised Brightline and the U.S. Department of Transportation for "circumventing federal law and defying congressional intent regarding the financing."

"When federal financing mechanisms are utilized, it is critical that the utmost transparency is proved to taxpayers," Rubio wrote. He requested for "information into DOT's analysis, review and the approval process" of the bonds as well.

INDIAN RIVER & MARTIN COUNTIES, CARE FL FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE U.S.DOT

ON FEB. 13, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, MARTIN COUNTY AND CITIZENS AGAINST RAIL EXPANSION IN FLORIDA (CARE FL) FILED A JOIN COMPLAINT AGAINST THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (USDOT) AND THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION (FRA). The complaint demonstrates that federal officials ignored or failed to consider the environmental, public safety, maritime and environmental impacts the All Aboard Florida (AAF) rail project will have on Treasure Coast communities.

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RICH CAMPBELL SAYS SPEED KILLS

RICH CAMPBELL SAYS SPEED KILLS

Tell us again, Brightline proponents, why Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties should support this project, says Campbell.

With a train traveling at 110 mph and 300 yards away, residents have less than 6 seconds to get out of the way, says Cambell. Yes, Brightline can blame the residents for being on the track, but no other rail line in world travels these speeds on hundreds of at-grade crossings. Well designed high-speed trains go underground at intersections, have fences protecting local residents and overhead pedestrian crossings.

WE FEARED BRIGHTLINE WOULD BE DEADLY, BUT THIS IS SICKENING | RICH CAMPBELL

TREASURE COAST RESIDENTS FEARED BRIGHTLINE WOULD BE DEADLY, BUT THIS IS EVEN MORE FRIGHTENING THAN MANY OF US IMAGINED, says Rich Campbell of the TC Palm. After 4 deaths, it is clear that education is not enough to secure the safety of Treasure Coast residents.

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BRIGHTLINE: WHY THE DELAY ON QUIET ZONES ALONG ITS ROUTE?

ALL ABOARD FLORIDA’S BRIGHTLINE HAD PROMISED A CONTINUOUS QUIET ZONE THAT WOULD SILENCE TRAIN HORNS FROM BOCA RATON TO WEST PALM BEACH. In a recent announcement, however, the company says they will be blasting their trains’ horns for months after it begins its service next week.

BEFORE ALL ABOARD FLORIDA, OFFICIALS WANT MILES-LONG QUIET ZONE

PALM BEACH POST

When All Aboard Florida starts running its express passenger service along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, Palm Beach County officials want to make sure the company won’t be required to sound train horns at rail intersections from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach.

"QUIET ZONES" FOR PROPOSED ALL ABOARD FLORIDA PASSENGER RAIL NOT BEST OR SAFEST OPTION FOR MARTIN COUNTY

As Martin County continues its review of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA's) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project and the many deficiencies and flaws within the 646-page document, the costs, and potential benefits, of creating "Quiet Zones" along the rail corridor have been receiving greater attention in the media.