“Feds report: Train’s impact will be slight”: It will certainly be slight for the feds, most of whom live in Washington.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 1:45pm

“Feds: Train’s impact will be slight”: It will certainly be slight for the feds, most of whom live in Washington.   It appears that the impact report is more concerned with the impact on “wildlife, protected species and habitat” than it is about the residents who live north of West Palm Beach. The report states that an estimated 1,100 jobs per year will be created by All Aboard Florida. After construction of additional rails and more protection at crossings, how many jobs will remain for the people north of West Palm Beach? The report further states that “gates would be closed 4.2 to 4.5 minutes per hour.” Some freight trains now close the gates for more than that.   The report also discusses the many “benefits” that will be created by AAF. I would like someone to list the benefits to be received by the residents who live between West Palm and Orlando. The ridership projections shown are nothing more than guesses. Who can accurately know now how many people will use the trains? Since AAF is already building stations, it appears that everything has been approved. Almost everyone would like to know — by whom? Certainly residents along the 72.5-mile stretch from Miami to West Palm will see benefits, but, again, what benefits will there be for the residents along the 170-mile stretch from West Palm to Orlando?   DICK NOVOTNY,   HOBE SOUND

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