CONGRESSMEN ASK CHAO TO NOT EXTEND THE BRIGHTLINE DEADLINE FOR SELLING PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS.
We are pleased to report that a very important letter was sent to Transportation Secretary Chao yesterday. The attached letter makes common sense to all familiar with the All Aboard Florida/Virgin Trains project which has already killed 11 people in southeast Florida. Until there are safety regulations promulgated in the state of Florida governing trains going 80 – 125 mph, the US Dept. of Transportation has no business extending the deadline for the sale of the Private Activity Bonds to fund the Palm Beach to Orlando airport segment of the route.
We are exceedingly pleased to see that both Congressman Posey and Congressman Mast are concerned about this glaring gap in railroad safety. Once the regulations are in place, AAF/VT may find there are millions of more dollars needed to ensure the public’s safety along the entire route. Their financial plan will have to be revised and what is now proposed to cost over $4 Billion may soon cost far more.
The people throughout Florida need to be reassured that the FL Department of Transportation is most concerned about the safety of every resident particularly in light of the proposed AAF/VT route which will include service to Jacksonville and Tampa.
Susan Mehiel of the Train Wreck Times