“All rail - and, in particular, passenger rail - is vital to Florida’s economy.” Debbie states. “I support and acknowledge the value of efficiently moving goods and people to their desired destinations.
"However, contrary to representations made during Wednesday’s hearing in Tallahassee by Rusty Roberts, vice president of governmental affairs for All Aboard Florida, it is my intention to ensures that all future high-speed rail projects are designed, constructed and operated in a manner that protects public health and safety, as well as local taxpayers.”
For years, the operators of the All Aboard projects have been disputing with local governments along the Treasure Coast regarding safety measures to be installed for the public, and have disagreed with the long-term costs of maintenance and improvements.
“Sometimes it takes a single project to bring issues like this to the surface,” Mayfield adds. “As policymakers, we are challenged with a choice: do nothing and allow a price, for-profit venture to set a minimum bar for safety standards, or consider the thoughtful recommendations of the Federal Railroad Administration and require this project, and all simper projects, to be developed in a manner that provides the greatest protection to the public.”