Brevard supports financing plan for All Aboard Florida

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 3:30pm

By Dave Berman - Florida Today

The Brevard County Commission this afternoon supported a financing plan to help All Aboard Florida develop its passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando.

The vote was 3-2, with Commissioners Trudie Infantini and Chuck Nelson voting no.

The rail line would operated 16 runs a day in each direction through Central and South Brevard, but not stop here. Interim stops would be in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Brevard County would not have any financial risk from the proposed $1.75 billion private financing plan.

But the county approval was needed to make the bonds tax-free, thus more attractive to private investors. The commission vote involved modifying an existing agreement with the Florida Development Finance Corp.

Forty-five speakers addressed the commission, roughly evenly divided between supporters and opponents of the All Aboard Florida plan. The discussion ran for about three hours.

Opponents were concerned about how the proposed rail line would affect traffic, noise and safety. They also objected to the fact that, at least initially, the train would not stop in Brevard County.

Supporters cited the positive economic impact and