DESPITE CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY, BRIGHTLINE CLAIMS IT IS "STILL ON TRACK." Advocates for rail safety such as the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains say the "high speed of the train and lack of physical barriers along portions of the route make for a dangerous combination."
"We have 16 people (now 17) dead on the section of track where it operates now," said Susan Mehiel of the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains. "We want to know what are you going to do to protect the citizens."
Another meeting with Brightline and the Florida Development Finance Corporation is scheduled in April to secure $2.7 billion in private activity bonds to continue construction.