Negative Impact on Tourism & Marine Industry Due to Frequent Bridge Closings

All Aboard Florida passenger-rail service would compound local drawbridge closures. Take a moment to consider the effects 32 additional train crossings would have on mariners waiting to pass the Florida East Coast drawbridge in Stuart. There are also train bridges on the New River, Loxahatchee River, and the St. Lucie River. The time the bridge takes to complete its cycle from locking down well in advance of a train and opening long after it passes creates an enormous problem for boaters, businesses, and residents located west of the trestles. The facts provided by the Jupiter Inlet Navigation District indicate a typical 20 minute wait for a passing train with some lasting as long as 1.5 hours.