Rep. Murphy calls for independent analysis of All Aboard Florida project

Publish Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 4:15pm

TCPalm Editorial

EYES TRAINED ON REPORT: U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy this week raised concerns about the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the All Aboard Florida high-speed rail project in connection with its application for a $1.6 billion federal loan.

In addition to citing potential detrimental effects of the passenger service through the Treasure Coast, Murphy wrote to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, saying, “Upon learning that there is no third-party analysis of the facts in the EIS, I am concerned that the data and mitigation proposed is not thorough. I would strongly urge you to not only extend the comment period to 90 days (from 75 days), but believe there should be an analysis prepared by an independent body not funded or associated with AAF to provide our community with confidence in the process and allow all of our concerns to be heard.”

The letter to Foxx followed a conversation Murphy had with him previously related to release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement.