NEWS ABOUT ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

 

Published: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 8:45am

THE CITY OF BOCA RATON WAS AWARDED A $16.4 MILLION GRANT FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. These tax-free funds will be used for the construction of the high-speed passenger rail Brightline Train Station.

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Published: Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 5:45pm

A PEDESTRIAN DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY FLORIDA EAST COAT RAILWAY TRAIN TUESDAY EVENING, Stuart police reported.

This is the second fatal train crash that had occurred that day. In the morning, a southbound train struck and... more

Published: Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 5:30pm

PERSON DIED TUESDAY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A SOUTHBOUND TRAIN, a St. Lucie County sheriff's official said. Fire District crews went to the incident around 10:45 a.m.

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Published: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL BRIGHTLINE IS IN EARLY NEGOTIATIONS WITH TAMPA DEVELOPER DARRYL SHAW TO BUILD A STATION IN THE YBOR CITY AREA. These discussions center around three separate pieces of property.

Shaw characterized the... more

Published: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 11:45am

USDOT AND BRIGHTLINE ARGUE THAT U.S. SUPREME COURT SHOULD DENY INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S REQUEST FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI. The county has asked the court to review a federal appeals court's December 2019 determination that the USDOT determined that... more

Published: Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 6:45pm

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CASE AGAINST THE FDOT, FRA AND ALL ABOARD FLORIDA IS PASSED TO U.S. SUPREME COURT. The case revolves around the legitimacy of $2.1 billion in private activity bonds that were allocated to AAF's high-speed passenger... more

Published: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 9:45am

THE EARTHJUSTICE ORGANIZATION FILED A LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST A FEDERAL RULE that would allow trains filled with explosive liquified natural gas to travel across the country.

Under this rule, these trains would travel up to 50... more

Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 9:15am

BRIGHTLINE AND VIRGIN TRAINS END PARTNERSHIP, Brightline states in its monthly revenue and ridership report. The high-speed passenger service will go back to using the name Brightline.

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Published: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:15am

NEW COMMUTER TRAIN IN NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE WOULD HAVE UP TO FIVE NEW PLATFORMS ALONG THE FECI'S LINE, BUT BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA WILL NOT NECESSARILY STOP AT ANY OF THEM. The proposed commuter platforms, determined by the county, would stop... more

Published: Monday, July 20, 2020 - 8:45am

CONGRESSMEN POSEY AND MAST INTRODUCED THE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACT, which will protect the safety of pedestrians, motorists and residents along the Brightline/Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail corridor. This legislation will direct the FRA and the... more

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 9:00am

BRIGHTLINE BEGAN TALKS WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO BUILD FIVE TRAINS PLATFORMS BETWEEN MIAMI AND AVENTURA ALONGSIDE THEIR HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL TO ORLANDO. This proposed arrangement would give Miami-Dade a new rail service—a service described... more

Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 9:00am

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SENDS THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA TO THE SUPREME COURT, asking to clear up an issue that threatens the court's "constitutional responsibility 'to say what the law is.'"

Previously, cases that... more

Published: Monday, April 27, 2020 - 9:00am

IF YOU CAN'T CONVINCE THE PUBLIC YOU'VE GOT A GOOD IDEA, convince the politicians and let them ram it down the citizens' throats. All it takes is money.

What's $3 Million Among Friends? According to the TC Palm/Stuart News, as little as... more

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 9:30am

THE BRIGHTLINE TRAIN HAS SUSPENDED ALL SERVICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Tri-Rail now requires all riders to wear a face mask or face covering in compliance with the Palm Beach County executive order.

Other orders include:

Seats... more

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 9:00am

RICHARD BRANSON, ONE OF BRITAIN'S BEST-KNOWN BILLIONAIRES BY PUTTING HIS VIRGIN TRAIN BRAND ON AN ARRAY OF BUSINESSES, is now at the epicenter of the meltdown in those industries due to the economic repercussions of the Coronavirus pandemic.... more

Published: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 1:15pm

THE RIGHT-OF-WAY LEASE THAT BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA NEEDS TO CONNECT ORLANDO WITH TAMPA IS ON HOLD. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has extended the negotiation deadline for this lease due to the COVID-19 pandemic... more

Published: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 8:45am

Virgin Trains USA, the parent company of the Brightline higher-speed passenger rail has stopped train service between Miami and West Palm Beach as of Wednesday evening due to the Coronavirus.

The company also confirmed it has laid off 250... more

Published: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 1:15pm

A WOMAN WAS KILLED AFTER THEIR CAR WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN TUESDAY MORNING, reports NBC Miami. The Broward Sheriff's Office pronounced her dead at the scene.

This is the 44 death after being struck by a Brightline since the... more

Published: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:15am

THE ALLIANCE FOR SAFE TRAINS NONPROFIT GROUP HAS RAISED $200K IN PRIVATE MONEY. This money has been raised for Indian River County to pursue its case against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration.... more

Published: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 9:00am

THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINSTRATION RELEASED A FOURTH-QUARTER 2019 REPORT FEB 27, highlighting the status on railroads' progress in implementing positive train control (PTC) systems as required by Congress.

According to the report, eight... more

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

ANOTHER PERSON WAS KILLED TUESDAY MORNING IN A CRASH INVOLVING THEIR VEHICLE AND A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN. According to witnesses, the man drove through the crossing gates while they were already lowered before being struck by the oncoming train... more

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 9:00am

A WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL TUESDAY AFTER HER PICKUP WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael B. Kane reported that the woman sustained back injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Published: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:30am

FLORIDA OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO CURB HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS ON THE TRACKS OF THE BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA PASSENGER RAIL. Since Brightline's launch, an average of more than one person a month has been killed, designating it as... more

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:30am

BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA REPORT FINDS THAT 2019 PASSENGER COUNT AND REVENUES WERE FAR BELOW ITS OWN FORECASTS. Passengers count barely broke one million, less than half the count originally projected, and revenue was $22 million,... more

Published: Monday, January 13, 2020 - 10:00am

IN APRIL 2014, FLORIDA BULLDOG REPORTED THAT BRIGHTLINE (NOW VIRGIN TRAINS, USA) REJECTED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MORE SUFFICIENT SAFETY FEATURES AT PLANNED RAIL CROSSINGS, where their train would be running up to speeds of 79 mph. These... more

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA PLANS TO BUILD BARRIERS AS WELL AS TESTING INFRARED SENSORS AND DRONES. These plans are in response to being reported as the "deadliest railroad in the U.S." Since its initial tests in January 2017... more

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 11:30am

THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS REJECTED INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CLAIMS OF IMPROPERLY APPROVED FUNDS FOR BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA FRIDAY.

However, this is not the end to the fight.

Sen. Debbie Mayfield and Rep. Tyler Sirois have both... more

Published: Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7:30pm

A MAN WAS KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A TRAIN FRIDAY NIGHT. The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported that the man died at the scene.

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Published: Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7:30pm

SINCE THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE VIRGIN TRAINS USA (FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE) RAIL SERVICE, OVER 40 PEOPLE HAVE DIED. This makes this high-speed passenger rail have the "worst per-mile death rate of the nation's 821 railroads," as stated by the... more

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 8:45am

MARTIN COUNTY AWAITS RESPONSE FROM U.S. CONGRESSMAN BRIAN MAST REGARDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE OVER ST. LUCIE RIVER. This new modern railroad bridge would boost the marine industry but would also support Virgin Trains' high-... more

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:15am

VIRGIN TRAINS USA RELEASED THEIR MONTHLY RIDERSHIP AND REVENUE REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019 ON FRIDAY. Ridership is down, and revenues are down and flat.

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Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:30am

 

 

 

TRAIN WRECK TIMES BY SUSAN MEHIEL GOOD NEWS AND BAD

We are pleased to report our Guest Column in the TC Palm newspapers ran today.... more

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 9:00am

THERE ARE TWO SAFETY MEASURES THAT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR VIRGIN TRAINS USA, states Tom Gruber in the TC Palm's Sept. 21 Letters to the Editor. These two safety measures include fencing and channelized crossings.

"The point is,... more

Published: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:30am

STATE SENATOR DEBBIE MAYFIELD PLANS TO PUSH BILL FOR INCREASED SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR HIGHER-SPEED PASSENGER RAILROADS. Mayfield plans to submit her proposal later this month.

This bill follows the findings in the 2018 Office of... more

Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 8:45am

A WOMAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL TRAIN SATURDAY NIGHT. Investigators said the victim was a trespasser and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:15am

CONGRESS MEMBER BRIAN HIGGINS SENDS LETTER TO HOWARD ELLIOT OF THE U.S. DOT PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period to the DOT's Draft Final Permit DOT-SP 20534. This special permit ... more

Published: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:00am

31-YEAR-OLD CLAYTON HUMPHRIES WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A TRAIN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, the Fort Pierce Police Department reported. Humphries was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is under investigation, police department... more

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 11:15am

  Train Wreck Times By Susan Mehiel Movement on LNG and a CALL TO ACTION!

 

WE'RE PLEASED TO REPORT we’ve made some headway on drawing attention to the issue of LNG streaming through our communities on the FECR tracks... more

Published: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 4:15pm

THE INDIAN RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION FILED AN AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S APPEAL OF PABs for the privately-owned high-speed passenger rail project Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline.

The association argued that... more

Published: Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:15am

Dear Mr. O’Rourke,

Per your letter below sent to a number of people on the Treasure and Space Coasts of Florida, I would like to take the opportunity to point out a number of issues.

Let’s start with some grim facts – 2 more... more

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9:45am

CHAIRMAN BOB SOLARI AND FELLOW BOARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SEND A LETTER TO FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S SECRETARY THIBAULT. Within the letter, Solari states he would like to address safety concerns related to the... more

Published: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:00am

VIRGIN TRAINS USA HAS SELECTED CONTRACTORS WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING 170 MILES OF RAIL EXPANSION FOR PHASE 2 BETWEEN ORLANDO AND SOUTH FLORIDA. These contractors include Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex... more

Published: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:45pm

AN ANALYSIS HAS IDENTIFIED AT LEAST 76 DEATHS BY BRIGHTLINE (NOW VIRGIN TRAINS USA) PASSENGER AND FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY FREIGHT TRAINS SINCE 2015, by USA Today. Railroad administration data only shows 55 fatalities.

According to... more

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:30am

VIRGIN TRAINS USA'S PARENT COMPANY, FLORIDA EAST COAST INDUSTRIES, SELLS OFFICE PORTION OF ITS MIAMICENTRAL STATION FOR $159.4 MILLION. This includes the ground floor retail, two office buildings and parking space, property records show. Tenants... more

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 9:15am

THE $1.75 BILLION DOLLARS VIRGIN TRAINS USA (FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE) IN PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS INTENDED IMPROVE THEIR HIGH-SPEED RAIL TRAIN SAFETY HAS BEEN INVESTED IN NON-ESSENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT. Clearly, safety is not their top... more

Published: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 9:00am

A WOMAN DIED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A VIRGIN TRAINS USA TRAIN, FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE, SUNDAY MORNING, the Boynton Beach police said.

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Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:00am

WITNESS SEES TRUCK STUCK ON TRACKS FOR AN HOUR. The car carrier was stuck on the 26th Street RR crossing in Vero Beach from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fortunately, maintenance crews were able to successfully remove the truck before any train-... more

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:15am

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT INCREASED $2B TO A TOTAL OF $79B, according to a report by the High-Speed Rail Authority.

This project has been vehemently blasted by President Trump and other officials such as... more

Published: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 11:00am

How sad for Martin County residents that their commissioners can’t keep them safe since they took the train bribe. Eighteen people have been killed on the Florida East Coast Railway corridor by trains operated by Virgin Trains U.S. since... more

Published: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 11:15am

THE BRIGHTLINE/ FLORIDA EAST COAT RAILROAD CROSSING ARMS MALFUNCTIONED FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF ON THURSDAY MORNING, reports the WPTV. Fortunately, the crossing arms had malfunctioned in the down position - it could have malfunctioned in the... more