Rail accidents would rise “dramatically” with the advent of Brightline passenger rail, according to a report commissioned by Martin County.
President of Connecticut-based Triad Railroad Consulting George Gavalla of Martin County released a report, touching on how Brightline threatens public safety and increased costs to taxpayers.
“The report, funded by Martin County taxpayers, is yet another attempt to propagate misinformation and hypothetical situations intended to scare its citizens in order to fit the anti-train agenda,” Brightline responded in a statement Wednesday. “The Treasure Coast has a history of paying consultants to give them the story they want, as demonstrated by the previous reports developed on grade-crossing impacts and the St. Lucie River bridge.”
Brightline would send 32 trains, traveling at up to 110 mph, through the Treasure Coast daily on the existing Florida East Coast Railway tracks. This rail line has an unusually high number of pedestrian crossing as well.
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