EVERY OTHER WEEK, WE RECEIVE NEWS THAT ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HAS BEEN STRUCK AND KILLED BY TRAIN. Since the initial test runs for the Brightline (now named Virgin Trains USA) high-speed passenger rail service in January of 2017, 15 people have been killed and at least 10 have been seriously injured. To top it off, Brightline still refuses to improve or maintain any of the 178 crossings the trains bullet through up to 110 mph. They say 67 of those crossings have supplemental features, but those crossings do not have full-closure barriers that span the entire intersection.
Meg O' Connor of the Miami New Times' sheds light to some of the experiences that individuals have had after losing a loved one by train-pedestrian collision, and how the topic of high-speed rail safety is more complex than "keeping off the tracks."
Read the article here.