Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:15am

By Bill DiPaolo -Aug. 20, 2014 Palm Beach Post

All Aboard Florida is a “high-speed fiscal and safety mistake” that would be a burden to taxpayers, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy told about 220 people at a breakfast meeting Wednesday.

“There is not a single passenger train that is profitable. Bringing passenger and freight trains up the busy areas of the East Coast presents serious safety issues,” said Murphy, D-Jupiter, at the PGA National Resort & Spa.

All Aboard Florida plans to run express passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Miami-to-West Palm Beach service is expected to open in late 2016 with the Orlando leg beginning in 2017.

All Aboard officials counter that the 235-mile train will boost blighted downtowns, bring jobs, reduce road traffic and improve tourism.

All Aboard Florida’s $29 million train station planned in downtown West Palm Beach is expected to be the company’s busiest South Florida stop, providing more than 3,800 trips a day by 2019, according to a ridership and revenue study included in a recent bond sale for the private rail project.