ALL ABOARD FLORIDA AIMED AT SERVING INCREASE FREIGHT TRAFFIC

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 10:30am

Letter from Dennis Lyndon, Stuart to TCPalm

All Aboard Florida is a Trojan Horse, a ploy to use federal funds to expand and update the archaic Florida East Coast Industries rail system in the guise of providing high-speed, essentially nonstop, passenger service between Miami and Orlando. That's the way I see it.

The AAF plan includes 353 grade crossings. No other so-called "high-speed passenger rail system" in the world allows for at-grade crossings.

Many citizens and elected leaders of this area now realize that AAF is trying to impose this system on top of an 1890s platform. Such a project would never be considered as a "de novo" system due to the damage it would do to the communities through which it will pass nonstop at speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

More important than the passenger system, which might be made tolerable by itself, is the legally unconstrained ability for FECI to pile an unlimited amount of freight traffic, with much longer and faster double-decked trains, onto the newly improved tracks and operating systems facilitated by the federal loan. The combined traffic could very well lead in some towns to all grade crossings being closed at the same time and each crossing being closed for up to 40 percent to 50 percent of each hour of the day. These communities should not be forced to accommodate such a disruptive presence.