THE FLORIDA EAST COAST RAIL CORRIDOR WILL SHARE ITS HIGHLY POPULATED, CONGESTED ROUTE WITH 300 AT-GRADE CROSSINGS WITH ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S (AAF) 110 MPH PASSENGER TRAIN WITH LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG), according to documents obtained by Martin and Indian River Counties and Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL).
The only train that is currently transporting LNG is the Alaska Railroad (ARR). However, the AAR transports LNG at "40 mph through mostly unpopulated areas with few highway-rail grade crossings" whereas the FEC would be transporting LNG through "highly populated areas, with more frequent crossings, while sharing tracks with passenger trains travelling at 110 mph."
The letter also reveals that the FEC has had discussions with the Railroad Administration related to the transportation of LNG along the corridor since September 2014, but with no mention of the September 2014 Draft Environmental Impact Statement or the August 2015 Final Environmental Impact Statment.
"Once again we have discovered that FEC and AAF are shielding information from the communities they are directly affecting," Dylan Reingold, Indian River County Attorney stated. "Transporting a hazardous material like LNG is a major safety risk for our communities and must be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated from every angle."
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