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All Aboard Florida has agreed to a requirement by the state to spend additional millions for safety upgrades at 57 grade crossings between West Palm Beach and northern St. Lucie County.
Engineers toured Vero Beach's train track crossings Tuesday as part of an inspection of all crossings for the first phase of All Aboard Florida’s project to bring rail transportation from Miami to Orlando.
The upgrades will include so called “sealed corridors” which include four-quadrant gates and concrete medians to prevent drivers from going around the gate arms.
“The Florida Department of Transportation is requiring All Aboard Florida to have a sealed corridor with speeds over 79 mph north of West Palm Beach,” said Dick Kane of The Florida Transportation Department, in a statement.
“All Aboard Florida has agreed to take those safety measures.”
"A sealed corridor will be required for the higher speed passenger trains – and it would include freight trains as well," said Kane.
The sealed quadrants will effect crossings from 30th Street in West Palm Beach to just south of the Indian River County line.
Kane would not comment on All Aboard’s costs to install the safety upgrades, or their reported refusal to do so until forced to by the department.