CITIZENS AGAINST RAIL EXPANSION WANT THE U.S. COAST GUARD TO HOLD FEC ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE MISMANAGEMENT OF THREE FLORIDA BRIDGES

Publish Date: 
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:30am

Issues with the St. Lucie, Loxatachee and New river train bridges have resulted in “unreasonable obstructions to navigation” that need to be “dramatically altered,” CARE’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, said in the letter.

Each of the bridges has failed to operate “numerous times” due to malfunctioning equipment, and the St. Lucie bridge has “often stayedclosed for hours,” according to the letter.

The Coast Guard should sanction the Florida East Coast Railway, which owns the bridges, for its illegal operation, maintenance and alteration of the bridges, Ryan said. It also should establish new bridge rules that aid safe navigation, according to Ryan.

He also called for the Coast Guard to rescind its support for a federal environmental report related to All Aboard Florida, the passenger railroad that would share the existing tracks and bridges with its sister company, Florida East Coast Railway.

CARE is a leading All Aboard Florida opposition group.