NEWS ABOUT ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

 

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

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: 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: 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

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:15am

Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel

Excellent News and lots of Positive Exposure!

We’re pleased to report we had major success in Brevard County recently. After talking to the Board of County Commissioners at their meeting at the... more

Published: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:00am

A PEDESTRIAN WAS STUCK BY VIRGIN TRAINS AND DIED NEAR THE TRACKS ON APRIL 12, the Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed. This just a week since the privately-owned railway company Brightline rebranded as Virgin Trains USA. The cause of death is... more

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1:45pm

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER CALIFORNIA BOONDOGGLE, states Florida Alliance for Safe Trains Coordinator and Communications Director Susan Mehiel in a recent Sunshine State News article. Susan is referring to the now-defunct California high-speed rail... more

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:00am

VIRGIN TRAINS USA RAISED $1.75 BILLION IN BOND SALE THIS WEEK. The Bond Buyer reported that the $1.75 billion was a portion of about $4 billion of orders that Virgin Trains received for the sale. These new bonds issues are to be used for the... more

Published: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:15pm

VIRGIN TRAINS USA WILL BE ISSUING $1.5 BILLION IN PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS TO BE PURCHASED NEXT WEEK. These bonds will pay for the 236-mile passenger rail line between Miami and Orlando, refund the $600 million of PABs issued in 2017 and more... more

Published: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

DESPITE CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY, BRIGHTLINE CLAIMS IT IS "STILL ON TRACK." Advocates for rail safety such as the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains say the "high speed of the train and lack of physical barriers along... more

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:30am

Call to ACTION!

17 are dead on the tracks and there are NO regulations to Make Them Safe when they come through the Treasure & Space Coasts!

Go to the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains website... more

Published: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 1:45pm

A DRIVER WAS HURT SUNDAY AFTER SLAMMING THEIR CAR INTO THE SIDE OF A PASSING TRI-RAIL TRAIN IN POMPANO BEACH, authorities said.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold for Tri-Rail stated that no passengers on the train were hurt. The driver was... more

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