NEWS ABOUT ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

 

Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 11:45am

Dear Mr. Johnson:

I write regarding the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) passenger rail project and its efforts to finance the project using Private Activity Bonds through Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC). As the elected... more

Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 11:30am

If you’ve got some extra cash lying around, here’s an idea:

Sink all your hard-earned dollars into tax-free bonds for All Aboard Florida, the high-speed passenger train service that will supposedly run between downtown Miami and the... more

Published: Monday, August 10, 2015 - 10:15am

Pieces of the past that are hundreds of years old could derail one of Florida's big future projects.

Archaeologists said the high-speed All Aboard Florida rail would run through one of South Florida's most historic areas.

... more

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 11:00am

The final environmental impact statement on the All Aboard Florida project, released Tuesday by the Federal Railroad Administration, is everything I expected it to be: a whitewash of the facts, a minimization of impacts to our region, and a... more

Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 11:15am

A recent column by Canaveral Port Authority Treasurer and Secretary Tom Weinberg highlights many of the potential benefits of the All Aboard Florida rail project. After reading the column, the reader is left to believe that the project will... more

Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 9:30am

MICHAEL MAYO - SUN SENTINEL

Getting $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds approved by a state board on Wednesday looks to be the easy part for All Aboard Florida.

The seemingly harder part for the proposed Miami-to-Orlando express... more

Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:45am

If ever there was a ferociously fishy foregone conclusion, it's Florida Development Finance Corp.'s impending decision to approve $1.75 billion in tax-exempt, private activity bonds so All Aboard Florida can get funding. FDC has already gleefully... more

Published: Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:30pm

FLORIDA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015

1:00PM – 6:00PM EST

AGENDA

I. Call to Order;... more

Published: Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:30am

Issues with the St. Lucie, Loxatachee and New river train bridges have resulted in “unreasonable obstructions to navigation” that need to be “dramatically altered,” CARE’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, said in the letter.

Each of the bridges... more

Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:30am

An attorney fighting the All Aboard Florida project is taking aim at a series of text messages between a representative of the rail company and the chairman of the state board that will decide whether the project receives $1.75 billion in tax... more

Published: Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:15pm

All Aboard Florida won preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation in December to issue $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its express-passenger rail line planned between Miami and Orlando. The... more

Published: Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 11:00am

We knew from the start of AAF’s quest for cheap, publicly financed capital that they work the inside deals and have millions to spend on lobbyists and public relations/advertising firms and here is a fine example of how this all pays off. ... more

Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 12:15pm

The state this week paid $3.2 million to a woman injured in a 2013 train crash in Bridgeport as part of the settlement in a federal lawsuit filed against the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.

The payment was noteworthy beyond the significant... more

Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 9:30am

Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said.

The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada... more

Published: Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:15am

All Aboard Florida will not attend the next meeting of the Florida Development Finance Corp., tentatively scheduled for July 21 in Orlando, a company official said.

“AAF is not attending this meeting,” spokeswoman Lynn Martenstein said... more

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 3:15pm

PARENT COMPANY OF FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY MAKING CHANGES AFTER RECENT LOSSES AND INVESTOR WITHDRAWALS

Fortress Investment Group FIG -3.06 % LLC is shuffling the leadership of its flagship hedge fund on the heels of heavy recent losses... more

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 2:30pm

The Florida Development Finance Corp. has tentatively set a hearing for 2-3 p.m. July 21, during which All Aboard Florida’s request for $1.75 billion of private-activity bonds could be discussed.

According to the finance corporation’s... more

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 11:15am

Rear Admiral Scott A. Buschman, Commander

United States Coast Guard District Seven

Bridge Administration Branch

Brickell Plaza Federal Building

909 SE First Avenue

Miami, Florida 33131-3050

 ... more

Published: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:15am

More than 5,000 residents were evacuated after a freight train carrying a "highly flammable and toxic gas" partly derailed and caught fire overnight just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, officials said.

Ten officers were hospitalized after... more

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 9:45am

Martin County officials on Monday took aim at a draft federal study evaluating the impacts of the All Aboard Florida rail project, saying that the study grossly underestimated the number of boats that travel passed the St. Lucie River railroad... more

Published: Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

Matthew Cianfrani, Jensen Beach

Letter: A rolling oil spill, a rail disaster: the calamity that would be All Aboard Florida

I am a new resident of Martin County who chose this location for the quality of life and the forward... more

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9:30am

All Aboard Florida on Friday received a six-month extension to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its express-passenger rail project between Miami and Orlando.

Officials with the U.S. Department of... more

Published: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:00am

A group that describes itself as citizens who support All Aboard Florida is little more than a ghost.

Connecting Florida, which uses a Stuart address and claims to be a nonprofit organization, has sent out emails and fliers in the past... more

Published: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 9:45am

Liquid natural gas is poised to be either a best friend to Martin County residents, or its worst enemy. 

The Fortress Investment Group-related liquified natural gas plant in Medley is nearing completion without any apparent... more

Published: Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:45am

We have just begun to fight!

All is not lost… I hate to start this edition with that thought but a number of readers have contacted us with the misconception that our setback on the preliminary injunction was the end of the line. It wasn’... more

Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 - 2:15pm

The Coral Gables company behind the All Aboard Florida rail project has pitched a complicated road realignment and small land swap that would allow for an expansion of a major transportation hub planned in downtown, according to Miami’s city... more

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 10:45am

June 17, 2015   Dear Martin County citizen:   As a subscriber to Martin County's general information email list, we thought you would be interested in receiving periodic updates on Martin County's activities related to the All... more

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 3:15pm

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, et al., Plaintiffs, v. PETER M. ROGOFF, et al., Defendants. Case No. 1:15-cv-00460 (CRC)

MARTIN COUNTY, FLORIDA, et al., Plaintiffs, v. DEPARTMENT OF... more

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:30am

TCPALM 

Here’s something to ponder the next time a freight train carrying flammable liquids rumbles through your community:

Emergency responders on the Treasure Coast don’t know what chemicals are being transported on the... more

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:30am

American LNG Marketing LLC was granted its second free trade agreement (FTA) authorization to export containerized liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Florida.

The latest authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to export up... more

Published: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 3:15pm

TCPALM

If you’re looking for a work of fiction to invigorate the summer doldrums, I highly recommend the “All Aboard Florida Ridership and Revenue Study,” released last week by the rail company as part of its legal fight with... more

Published: Friday, June 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Florida Development Finance Corp. has postponed its June 10 meeting where it was to discuss All Aboard Florida’s request for $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds.

Sean Helton, a spokesman for the FDFC, said travel logistics “created... more

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 1:30pm

All Aboard Florida’s conceptual plan for a rail-side apartment tower would rise 23 floors above Evernia Street, with 275 rentals in a moderate price range.

The project’s broad outlines, revealed in an open house for local residents... more

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 1:30pm

The other day I took the Northeast regional Amtrak train from D.C. to New York City, got out and took the next train back.

I spent $146 to see just how bumpy the tracks on the publicly funded rail system are (very). And I wanted to think... more

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 1:15pm

The fight against All Aboard Florida played out in an austere Washington D.C. courthouse today, in a hearing to decide whether the passenger rail project will get $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds.

The more than three-hour hearing... more

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 1:15pm

TCPALM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All Aboard Florida will seek an extension from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the sale of $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to finance its project, the company said in federal court here Friday morning... more

Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:30pm

MIAMI NEW TIMES

So you've heard about All Aboard Florida, the private railroad line that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach to Orlando set to be completed in 2017. Perhaps you've imagined one day ditching your car in... more

Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 1:30pm

Executive Summary 

Introduction

Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI) commissioned The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (LBG) to develop an investment grade ridership and revenue forecast for the re-introduction of passenger... more

Published: Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 10:15am

TCPALM

Weeds and plants obscure the small brown “Trans-Florida Central Railroad” sign on 102nd Terrace from view, so nature-lovers and hiking enthusiasts might not see it. Nor might they realize the historical significance of the quiet,... more

Published: Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00am

The fight against All Aboard Florida played out in an austere Washington D.C. courthouse today, in a hearing to decide whether the passenger rail project will get $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds.

The more than three-hour hearing... more

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:00am

Lisa Broadt - TCPalm

All Aboard Florida’s last-minute attempt to enter a much-anticipated ridership survey into court documents should be rejected, according to papers filed by Martin County late Thursday.

“AAF has offered no... more

Published: Friday, May 29, 2015 - 3:00am

Lisa Broadt - TCPalm

All Aboard Florida will seek an extension from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the sale of $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to finance its project, the company said in federal court here Friday morning.... more

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:45pm

1. Despite the fact that All Aboard Florida would significantly improve the railway by enhancing the safety of existing tracks, grade crossings and by installing state-of-the-art technology, Martin County does not want AAF’s project to go forward... more

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:15pm

1. Martin County’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction should be denied because DOT’s allocation of $1.7 billion in private activity bonds was legally proper. 26 U.S.C. Section 142(m)(1)(A) provides that private activity bonds may be allocated for... more

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:45pm

PALMBEACHPOST.COM

From planes to trains: Robert Crandall joins opposition to All Aboard.

Crandall, a winter resident of... more

Published: Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 7:00am

MIAMI HERALD All Aboard Florida, also known as the Boondoggle Express, is having public-relations problems.

Skepticism, anger and legal challenges stand in the path of the 16 passenger trains that are fancifully scheduled to run daily... more

Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 2:45pm

TCPalm

The arrogance of All Aboard Florida knows no bounds.

This corporate... more

Published: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:30pm

By Phyllis Frey

Brevard County BOCC May 12, 2015

As a retired FAA Safety Check Airman, I would like to discuss safety issues with regard to AAF and Florida East Coast Railways as an appeal not to your sense of fear, but to your... more

Published: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 4:45pm

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Is there a more absurd technology than positive train control, which Congress imposed as an unfunded mandate on railroads in... more