NEWS ABOUT ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

 

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

ONE PERSON HAS DIED IN A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN-CAR COLLISION WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ... more

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:45am

Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - New, Notes and Event

Here’s a list of upcoming events and we encourage you to join us!

TODAY - March 19, 9:00 AM

Martin County Board of County Commissioners meeting – We will speak... more

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:00am

"THE ALL ABOARD FLORIDA/BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN HIGH-SPEED RAIL VENTURE HAS BEEN A DEBACLE OF EVERY DIMENSION SINCE IT WAS FIRST PROPOSED FIVE YEARS AGO," Douglas Sweeny accurately states in an opinion article to the TC Palm. Sweeny highlights how... more

Published: Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 6:45pm

AT WEDNESDAY'S FDFC MEETING, DYLAN REINGOLD, INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S ATTORNEY, WILL ARGUE BRIGHTLINE ISN'T A GOOD INVESTMENT RISK.

A Feb. 25 letter outlines Reingold’s objections to the FDFC approving the bonds. His objections include:... more

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

NEW GROUP FLORIDA ALLIANCE FOR SAFE TRAINS (FAST) TAKES A STAND TO FIGHT FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY. Their goal is to have high-speed passenger rail like Virgin Trains USA/Brightline to "operate as safely as possible without using taxpayer... more

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:15pm

CALL TO ACTION!!

THIS IS BIG! The Florida Development Finance Corporation decided to accept the county’s request to move their board meeting to approve the Private Activity Bonds to a closer venue – Orlando BUT, they also moved the date up... more

Published: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel

They’re at it again! Earlier his week we received word from IRC that the Florida Development Finance Corporation is reviewing ANOTHER Private Activity Bond Request from Virgin Trains in addition... more

Published: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 9:15am

FULL SPEED AHEAD, SAYS VIRGIN TRAIN USA SAYS (FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE) DESPITE FRESH CONCERNS WHETHER THE PROJECT WILL HAVE ENOUGH FUNDS TO PAY FOR ITS EXPANSION. According to financial documents, Virgin Trains USA is at an $82 million loss in... more

Published: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 9:45am

THE FLORIDA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORPORATION IS SET TO APPROVE $950 MILLION OF PABS UNDER THE TAX EQUITY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY ACT FOR BRIGHTLINE MARCH 11. If approved, Brightline will receive a collective of $2.7 billion.

Meanwhile,... more

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 3:00pm

EVERY OTHER WEEK, WE RECEIVE NEWS THAT ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HAS BEEN STRUCK AND KILLED BY TRAIN. Since the initial test runs for the Brightline (now named Virgin Trains USA) high-speed passenger rail service in January of 2017, 15 people have... more

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:15am

As background, Indian River County has appealed Federal Judge Cooper’s decision in favor of Brightline at a cost of $400,000 to IRC. One of their claims is that the PABs are designed as highway bonds and not rail bonds. If the Judge’s... more

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:15am

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MAY APPROVE A $3.7 BILLION RAILROAD REHABILITATION & IMPROVEMENT FINANCING (RRIF) LOAN TO VIRGIN TRAINS, owned by SoftBank Group based in Tokyo, to build a high-speed passenger train project on a freight rail... more

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:30pm

THE MAN STRUCK BY TRAIN SATURDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CONOR J. SCHERLE, according to the West Palm Beach police. Scherle was struck at the intersection of Okeechobee and Quadrille boulevards at around 4 a.m.

Read more... more

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:15pm

OAKLAND PARK RESIDENT CARTER MCDONALD DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY, the Miami Herald reports.

This is the second fatality this month and 12th involving a Brightline train since the trains began initial... more

Published: Friday, January 18, 2019 - 4:30pm

ANDRES ISRAEL RODRIGUEZ-OLIVA WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN NEW YEARS DAY, FELL INTO A CANAL AND DROWNED, authorities said.

The Brightine train video revealed that after being struck, Rodriguez-Oliva fell into the water.... more

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 4:45pm

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY HAS FILED ANOTHER LAWSUIT AGAINST VIRGIN TRAINS ON WEDNESDAY. This lawsuit argues that the county should not be enforced to pay for 21 crossing improvements along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor.

Prior to the... more

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 9:45am

DASHCAM FOOTAGE REVEALS ILLINOIS POLICE OFFICERS' CLOSE CALL WITH A COMMUTER TRAIN. The footage shows Police Officer Peter Stanglewicz narrowly missing a train that barrels through the corridor. The gates didn't close and warning lights did... more

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 9:45am

TWO MEN WERE TRAPPED IN THEIR CAR AFTER COLLIDING WITH A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT, officials said. The two had to be cut from their crumpled vehicle before being rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

Ten people have died after... more

Published: Monday, December 24, 2018 - 10:45am

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE BEING MADE AFTER BRIGHTLINE BEING PURCHASED BY VIRGIN LAST MONTH, reports David Peter Alan of the Railway Age. These developments include an IPO for stock and a possible additional station near Disney World.

On... more

Published: Monday, December 24, 2018 - 10:15am

The Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - Holiday Edition

WE HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Despite all of the so-called positive media they’ve drummed up and the votes by Martin County and CARE FL, AAF/Virgin is no closer to... more

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:00am

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN MAST AND POSEY POINT TO AN OCT. 31 REPORT as they press the Department of Transportation to stop the extension Brightline has requested to issue tax-exempt bonds. These bonds are needed to expand Brightline's second phase... more

Published: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 3:15pm

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... more

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:00am

BREAKING NEWS: OWNERS OF THE BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN HAVE REQUESTED MORE TIME TO ISSUE $1.15 BILLION OF BONDS, a federal agency said Wednesday. They currently have until Dec. 31 to issue said bonds to finance their second phase from... more

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00pm

A PICKUP TRUCK WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING in Lake Worth, Florida. Fortunately, the driver was able to escape before the impact.

More information to come.

Read more... more

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 9:30am

THE MAN WHO WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, according to West Palm Beach, as Conor J. Scherle from Pennsylvania.

Scherle was stuck at 4 a.m. last Saturday. Police reports indicate a... more

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 1:00pm

A MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A TRI-RAIL SUNDAY MORNING NOV. 25 IN DANIA BEACH, authorities said. The cause of the crash has not been determined and the accident is still under investigation.

The Friday night prior,... more

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 12:45pm

WE ARE CELEBRATING GREAT NEWS. Our Call to Action sent out Nov. 18 to attend a special meeting of the IRC commissioners on Nov. 20th turned out to be critical. At 7:45 p.m. the night before the meeting, we received notice that... more

Published: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:30pm

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:45am

SEN. DEBBIE MAYFIELD PLANS TO PUSH FOR MORE STATE OVERSIGHT OF ALL ABOARD FLORIDA’S BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE. This bill was founded by troubling issues found from reading an Oct. 31 report from the Legislature’s Office of... more

Published: Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:00pm

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVED A PROPOSAL FOR A FAST PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE BY ALL ABOARD FLORIDA, LINKING ORLAND TO TAMPA, the FDOT stated on Wednesday. All Aboard Florida has recently expressed interest in extending their... more

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:45am

A WOMAN WAS CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER A COLLISION WITH A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN ON TUESDAY, states Anne of the Sun Sentinel. The 56-year-old woman was then rushed to a hospital after being found in her vehicle, unconscious, after the accident.... more

Published: Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:45am

A DRIVER'S WRONG TURN LED TO A TRAIN CRASH WEDNESDAY MORNING IN HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA. Fortunately, the driver had left her car long before the train approached and pushed the vehicle about 500 feet before coming to a stop.

Driver... more

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 3:30pm

A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN STRUCK A CAR STOPPED ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS SHORTLY AFTER 7 AM THIS MORNING IN HALLANDALE BEACH. Fortunately, the driver and the 28 passengers on the train were not hurt.

Local 10 News reported that the driver had... more

Published: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 9:45am

BRIGHTLINE HAS ITS SIGHTS ON THE WATERFRONT H.D. KING SITE AS A LOCATION FOR A RAIL STATION HOTEL, said City Manager Nick Mimms due to its “proximity to a walkable downtown, beautiful waterfront and multi-modal transportation.”

On August... more

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 9:00am

IN RECENT NEWS, BRIGHTLINE HAS BEEN ASKING TREASURE AND SPACE COAST COUNTIES FOR ADDITIONAL STOPS. However, by adding more stations, Brightline's promise to get passengers from West Palm Beach to Orlando in less than two hours will be compromised... more

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:00pm

THE SCOTTS HAD AN GARGANTUAN FINANCIAL STAKE IN A CHINESE RAILWAY COMPANY THAT SO HAPPENS TO SUPPLY COMPONENTS TO THE U.S. CONTRACTOR BUILDING BRIGHTLINE, a high-speed passenger rail project that Gov. Rick Scott strongly backed.

The... more

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:15am

BRIGHTLINE GOT THE OK TO BORROW $1.5 BILLION THROUGH TAX-FREE BONDS, despite the objections of numerous Treasure Coast officials who attended the meeting.

This is the second time the state board approved bonds. The first was back in... more

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:45am

A 94-YEAR-OLD DRIVER SURVIVED A COLLISION WITH BRIGHTLINE TRAIN TUESDAY IN POMPANO BEACH, authorities said.

The driver was apparently stopped in the middle of the railroad crossing due to traffic when the northbound train struck the... more

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 10:15am

BRIGHTLINE AND FEC ARE NOT GOOD NEIGHBORS, states Paul D. Popson, as the two have failed to listen to any concerns about having a high-speed passenger ripping through densely populated areas of the Florida Treasure Coast.

Popson... more

Published: Monday, August 27, 2018 - 8:45am

AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A TRAIN CRASHED INTO A DUMP TRUCK IN TEXAS, authorities said on Saturday. The two deceased persons were found inside the truck, while eleven people on the train were injured and hospitalized. Fox J reported that... more

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:30pm

IT HAS BEEN $4.56 PER YEAR FOR EACH INDIAN RIVER COUNTY RESIDENT TO STOP BRIGHTLINE/ALL ABOARD FLORIDA FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, states Nicholas Schaus of Indian River Shores. He states that this is little compared to the more substantial cost to... more

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:15am

WHILE THE FLORIDA EAST RAILWAY (FEC) EXECUTIVES PUSHED FLORIDA'S EAST COAST CITIES AND COUNTIES TO APPROVE OF BRIGHTLINE'S HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN, they also quietly obtained permission to haul extremely flammable liquified natural gas along... more

Published: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 9:45am

Dear Loblolly members, below is an interesting, must-read article taken from the Miami Herald and Tamps Bay Times regarding All Aboard Florida.   TALLAHASSEE

As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott... more

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:30pm

ONE OF GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S FIRST ACTS WAS THE CANCELATION OF A $2.4 BILLION FEDERALLY FUNDED HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT, saying it was "an extremely high risk of overspending taxpayer dollars with no guarantee of economic growth." Apparently... more

Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 2:45pm

BRIGHTLINE AND TRI-RAIL ARE AT RISK OF MISSING A MANDATED DEADLINE OF INSTALLING A CRITICAL SAFETY SYSTEM ON THEIR TRAINS AGAIN. Both companies are supposed to have the technology "positive train control" - which overrides humans to correct their... more

Published: Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:00am

IF YOU THINK BRIGHTLINE'S LATEST DEAL SMELLS BAD, YOU'RE CORRECT, The Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board states regarding the high-speed passenger rail's latest deal in which they received approval from the Orange County Commission -... more

Published: Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:00am

IN THE FIRST 2 1/2 MONTHS OF OPERATION, BRIGHTLINE COLLECTED $663,700 IN TICKET REVENUE, according to financial documents that were released Friday. Brightline declares the ridership "exceeded expectations" despite the controversies over... more

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:45am

IT'S PRETTY CONVENIENT THAT THE BOARD CHAIRMAN OF AN AGENCY CHARGED WITH APPROVING YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PLAN HAPPENS TO ALSO BE YOUR BOUGHT-AND-PAID-FOR CONSULTANT, states Nancy Smith of the Sunshine State News. Smith is referring to John... more

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:45am

A 29-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT, BOYNTON BEACH SAID. Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said Thursday that the incident is a suspected suicide. This is the eight Brightline fatality since the high... more