Feds Get 12,000 Letters and Climbing!

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 1:15pm

By Arnie Rosenberg TCPalm

The Federal Railroad Administration has received more than 12,000 comments about All Aboard Florida, and the number continues to climb.

The agency held a series of eight meetings in October and November — including three on the Treasure Coast — as part of the process to update the draft environmental impact statement on All Aboard Florida, the proposed Miami-to-Orlando high-speed passenger train.

A 75-day comment period gave individuals, groups and government bodies the chance to comment on the 522-page report by email, regular mail, in writing at the meetings and verbally, dictated to a court reporter at the meetings. Nearly 2,700 comments were written at the public meetings, a Federal Railroad Administration spokesman said. Mailed comments are still coming in, he said.

The agency will consider all comments as it develops the final environmental impact statement, and could order All Aboard Florida to take additional steps to address newly identified problems.

There is no deadline for completion of the final environmental impact statement.