ALL ABOARD FORUM WRAPS UP - A RECAP OF THE DEBATE AND A CHANCE TO VOTE

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 9:00am

Full Article at the TCPalm

The All Aboard Florida forum ended after one hour and 45 minutes.

Read the full article at the TCPalm and scroll down to review our live coverage and to see a blow-by-blow of comments traded between All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger and Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari.

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Blow-by-blow from debate

1:45 p.m.: Solari says he couldn't find a value statement on the Fortress Investment or All Aboard Florida websites. "Greed is good, but it is not a virtue," Solari says. "It does not build better lives or better communities."

1:41 p.m.: Reininger addresses the possibility of federal loan money for All Aboard Florida.

1:40 p.m.: All Aboard Florida has a continued commitment and desire to have open, positive and constructive dialog with communities, Reininger says.

1:39 p.m.: Reininger says there's some data that the addition of passenger trains can increase property values.

1:36 p.m.: Reiningers says All Aboard Florida is hopeful the draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Federal Railroad Administration could be released "in a few days from now."

There is no conclusive date on the impact of rail on property values, Reininger adds.

1:20 p.m.: The ability to bring quiet zones to the Treasure Coast is "very, very real," and requires local cooperation, Reininger says.

1:19 p.m.: Reininger says that only 3 percent of the time will people interact with trains either passing by to crossing intersections.

1:12 p.m.: All Aboard Florida will make the investments necessary to meet all safety requirements for all jurisdictions, Reininger says. 

1:10 p.m.: Reininger says All Aboard Florida will have training programs for first responders showing them trains and procedures.

1:08 p.m.: Until All Aboard Florida shows real concern for the safety of our citizens, this conversation won't get too far, Solari says.

12:59 p.m.: Solari says he is against the project until he sees an investment-grade business plan that makes sense. "This community does not want the density needed for transportation-oriented development," Solari says.

12:57 p.m.: Solari says he was initially for the project, but All Aboard Florida hadn't mentioned applying for a federal loan. "That loan is a subsidy," Solari says, adding that any construction jobs created are temporary.

"We're paying for our own funeral," Solari says. 

12:55 p.m.: All Aboard Florida will be 100 percent compliant with Buy America provisions, with or without the federal loan the company has applied for, Reininger says.