Rubio raises constituents' concerns about All Aboard Florida with federal rail agency

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, on June 3 raised constituent concerns regarding the ongoing All Aboard Florida project and SunRail, Central Florida’s new commuter rail system, according to a news release from Rubio's office.

During the subcommittee hearing, Rubio questioned Joseph Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, on the FRA’s role in both responding to these concerns and overseeing the safety of these projects, the release states.

During the hearing, Rubio asked Szabo, "... I’ve also heard from constituents, including many in the Treasure Coast, which is just north of West Palm Beach, expressing concerns about the impact this could have on their community. The issues they’re concerned about are safety at the gate crossings and noise pollution. And I’ve passed these comments along to the FRA as we’ve gotten them, and I hope the agency has reviewed them. Can you share with us whether you are taking these concerns into consideration when you’re making assessments and conducting oversights over these projects?”

Szabo replied, "Yes, we're hearing the concerns, we're making sure that everything gets forwarded to the record. Rest assured, there will be, you know, a robust process with public hearings. ... For those people that reached out to us, we'll make sure they're aware of those public hearings ... so all of these concerns get on the record and we ensure there are measures to address these concerns as part of that record."

A 6 1/2 minute segment of the subcommittee's hearing can be seen in a YouTube video.