Negron vows to try to block state money for All Aboard Florida

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 4:30pm

By Isadora Rangel June 26, 2014 Full Article At the TCPalm

State Sen. Joe Negron officially boarded the anti All Aboard Florida train Thursday, vowing to try to block any state money the company might ask in the future.

Negron, the Senate budget chief, made the commitment after reading a Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers report about the high-speed train company’s plans to seek a $44 million state grant to connect its service with Tri-Rail in Miami.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, also opposes the project, partly because he obtained estimates from All Aboard Florida officials that show traffic from All Aboard Florida and freight trains is expected to close the railroad bridge over the St. Lucie River to boaters for nine to nine and a half hours per day, his spokeswoman said. There are no details on what time of day that would happen.

All Aboard Florida trains will cut through the Treasure Coast on their way from Orlando to Miami without stopping, and a grassroots movement has emerged as a force in opposition. A group called Florida Not All Aboard started an online petition that has about 18,000 signatures.