ALTHOUGH BRIGHTLINE HAS NOT BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL USE, TWO INDIVIDUALS HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED BY THESE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAINS. Not a good start for a project that might eventually bring 32 daily passenger trains through the Treasure Coast, says Rich Campell of the TC Palm.
Brightline spokespeople have repeatedly emphasized their commitment to safety, yet they refuse to take safety measures such as building sealed corridors for these high-speed passenger trains. They were recommended in a 2014 report by the Federal Railroad Administration but were rejected by the rail company because they were a "guideline" rather than a "regulation" and only agreed after the state Department of Transportation pressured them to do so.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, "trespassing along railroad rights of way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. Nationally, more than 400 trespass fatalities occur each year, the vast majority of which are preventable. Railroad crossing incidents are the second leading cause of rail-related deaths in America."
By limiting the pedestrian access to the tracks - especially in populated areas like the East Coast - could reduce the rate of trespass fatalities. Fencing should be mandatory along the rail corridor, not a "guideline."
Photo taken by Adam Sacasa of the Sun Sentinel.