Comments and Concerns About ALL ABOARD FLORIDA

Citizens Against Rail Expansion, a group opposed to the All Aboard Florida project, is held a press conference  where first responders discusse what they believe are negative impacts of the passenger rail service.

The press conference was held at the Jupiter Medical Center

Speakers included John Couris, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, Michael Collins, medical director of emergency services, and Tequesta Police Chief Christopher Elg. Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan has said she is concerned about emergency vehicles being delayed by the increase of 32 trains per day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. All Aboard Florida is expected to begin service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2016, with an Orlando leg opening in 2017.

“Because of the way we are surrounded by water, one train can block all three of our crossings,” Brennan said earlier this year. “Our assisted living facilities are all on the east side and we are worried that with all these extra trains ambulances may get stuck waiting.”

In other news:In less than two years, train horns will no longer be blaring along the coastal tracks that parallel U.S. 1 from Miami to West Palm Beach.

But after being turned down for a federal grant, the region won’t be getting hoped-for maximum safety upgrades – above and beyond what’s required to silence the horns – at many of the crossings on the Florida East Coast Railway.

All Aboard Florida plans to relocate or replace warning devices at every crossing, as it begins to build the first phase of its passenger rail service slated to start running in late 2016.


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