Safety

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.

Read more here.

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

VIRGIN TRAINS USA NAME WILL MAKE ITS FIRST MUNI MARKET APPEARANCE

VIRGIN TRAINS USA WILL BE ISSUING $1.5 BILLION IN PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS TO BE PURCHASED NEXT WEEK. These bonds will pay for the 236-mile passenger rail line between Miami and Orlando, refund the $600 million of PABs issued in 2017 and more.

This high-speed passenger train is not entirely supported. Safety advocates such as Susan Mehiel of the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains are concerned about having trains (that will run up to 100 mph) barreling through the Treasure Coast's densely-populated downtowns.

CALL TO ACTION | HELP US DEMAND SAFETY REGULATIONS

Call to ACTION!

17 are dead on the tracks and there are NO regulations to Make Them Safe when they come through the Treasure & Space Coasts!

Go to the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains website to find your local and state elected officials. Contact information has also been listed below. Tell your officials that the FDOT must act now! They can't go 110 mph through our towns without safety regulations!

How many more must die before the Governor acts???

DRIVER HURT WHEN CAR SLAMS INTO SIDE OF TRI-RAIL TRAIN IN POMPANO BEACH

A DRIVER WAS HURT SUNDAY AFTER SLAMMING THEIR CAR INTO THE SIDE OF A PASSING TRI-RAIL TRAIN IN POMPANO BEACH, authorities said.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold for Tri-Rail stated that no passengers on the train were hurt. The driver was transported to a local hospital.

Read more here.

ONE DEATH REPORTED AFTER BRIGHTLINE TRAIN HITS CAR

ONE PERSON HAS DIED IN A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN-CAR COLLISION WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WTVJ-Ch. 6 reported the car may have been dragged for several blocks before the train came to a complete stop.

This story will be continually updated. Read more here.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES - NEWS, NOTES AND EVENTS

Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - New, Notes and Event

Here’s a list of upcoming events and we encourage you to join us!

TODAY - March 19, 9:00 AM

Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting – We will speak during Public Comment regarding the need to Make Them Safe!

Please see the agenda for location and time here.

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.

Read more here.

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!

TRAIN WRECK TIMES | THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN!

The Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel

They’re at it again! Earlier his week we received word from IRC that the Florida Development Finance Corporation is reviewing ANOTHER Private Activity Bond Request from Virgin Trains in addition to the $1.1 Billion they haven’t sold and the $600 million already sold. This approval would be for $950,000,000 in PAB’s and brings their allotment of taxpayer-subsidized funding to a grand total of $2.7 Billion.

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.

Read more here.

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