In a guest column by the TC Palm, Martin County Administrator Taryn Kryzda relays why Martin County is against All Aboard Florida's Brightline high-speed passenger train project. She highlights important concerns regarding the safety of the local residents, guests, and environmental hazards that have been cast aside as "simple NIMBYs with no legitimate concerns."
"Within the Treasure Coast we have three coastal state parks along which All Aboard Florida proposes to run its 110 mph passenger and 70 mph freight trains... Also of great concern are the impacts from increased crossings over the 100-year-old St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge... The additional 38 times a train travels across the bridge (as proposed by AAF) means 28 additional bridge closures which would cause vehicular backups into downtown Stuart and delays for boaters... the closures would increase impacts to the marine industry, the health of the estuary and potentiall the structural integrity of the antiquated bridge."
Martin County's only goal is to ensure that the safety needs and their unique environment that they have protected for decades are properly addressed by All Aboard Florida and their high-speed passenger rail project.
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