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Statut de chemin de fer “Florida East Coast”

Alors que les résidents de la Floride ont commencé à nettoyer et à évaluer les dommages causés par l’ouragan Irma au cours du week-end, les producteurs d’engrais de l’état ont déclaré lundi qu’ils pesaient encore sur les impacts du système tropical sur leurs opérations.

Le chemin de fer “Florida East Coast” (FEC) a suspendu tous les services ferroviaires principaux et locaux, a déclaré la compagnie. Il a fermé tous les terminaux à l’activité de grille.

FEC évalue actuellement les dégâts causés à ses terminaux et réseaux, at-il déclaré.

CSX a déclaré qu’il a interrompu le trafic intermodal destiné aux emplacements FEC.

Norfolk Southern a déclaré que le trafic routier vers les sites situés près de la côte sud-est se déroule à divers étages dans ses systèmes. En outre, Norfolk Southern a émis des embargos pour ces emplacements. Ces embargos du nord de Norfolk incluent Jacksonville, en Floride; Charleston, Caroline du Sud; et Savannah, Georgia Garden City Marine Terminal.

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Historic Caboose Gets New Home

On the corner of Hillsboro Boulevard and Dixie Highway, a lonely red caboose sits where it has lived since 2002. Seemingly abandoned, left behind from days gone by, this lonely caboose seems to have quite a story. Passersby have wondered what mysteries lie in its past and how long it would sit on this stretch of track. Graffiti has many times marred its sides and it was painted again and again. It seems to beg for a better home. Now, its wish has been granted.

This historic caboose originally began its life as a box car, according to Bill Muenzenmaier. Its wheels are dated 1951. But it wasn’t until the 1960s when it became a caboose.

Back in the olden days, cabooses were used for many purposes, including as a place for a man to act as a lookout for the engineer in front, signaling in case of any sign of trouble or if it needed to back up, for example.

“Guys could sit up high in the cupola and look for signs of smoke. Trains had friction bearings then and each time the train would go into service yard, the [workers] were supposed to check the wheels and squirt oil to keep it lubricated. If they should miss some, as they are going down the road, it can run hot and turn to smoke and then to fire. [Back then], boxcars were made out of all wood. Today, [they are not] and they use regular ball-bearing wheels. The only thing that can happen now is that you could break a coupler and the air hoses could get disconnected [so cabooses are no longer required].”

When this little caboose was no longer in service, it was purchased by a private collector, Richard Weiner, and when he needed a place to put it, he gave it to William Thies & Sons, the beer distributing company, along with four other boxcars he owned. Eventually, the company sold the property and needed to move the caboose. When they tried to give it back to Weiner, he gifted it to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society.

The railway moved it 11 miles up the track to the side track where it now resides. It was neighbors with the recently demolished Deerfield Builders Supply, which once received carloads of material on those tracks from areas as far away as Oregon or even Western Canada.

Owner of the now closed Deerfield Builders Supply, Ed Dietrich Jr., is spearheading the effort to give the caboose a new home, along with Muenzenmaier and the rest of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society.

Dietrich said, “We are going to roll the caboose about 400 ft. south for the people with the crane [Emerald Towing] to lift out and transport it to the former Deerfield Builders Supply lot [currently owned by Stor-All] to do necessary repairs. Dana Eller and Moving Waters Industries are graciously assisting with necessary welding repairs. Professional rail painter Jeff Conner [Show Paints by Conner] will prep and paint the caboose outside prior to moving its new home.”

The caboose will be painted “safety orange” the way it originally was, according to Muenzenmaier.

Its new home will be just east of the Old School House, a place suggested, said Dietrich, by City Manager Burgess Hanson.

“The site will be authentic rail trackage (wood ties, steel I-flange rails, hand spikes and rock ballast),” said Dietrich. “Capital Project Engineer Charles DaBrusco will be coordinating site preparation. “When site and caboose are ready [in a few weeks], Emerald Towing will employ their high capacity cranes to load the caboose body and wheel trucks onto the low-boy trailers for the short trip from Ed Dietrich Sr. Ave. to City Hall. The wheel trucks will go down first and then the caboose body and chassis will be lowered onto them, and the caboose will be put into its permanent position. Eventually, an access ramp will be constructed, along with landscape improvements. Interior restoration will proceed onsite. [It] will include interactive educational components and various historical archives.”

Dietrich added, “This has been 15 years in the making. We appreciate the tremendous contributions and cooperation of the City of Deerfield Beach, the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Deerfield, the Florida East Coast Railway, Stor-All LLC, MWI and Emerald Towing.”

Rachel Galvin, Observer Online

All Aboard project the high-speed rail state always wanted

You can thank Henry Flagler, not a constitutional amendment or federal stimulus dollars, for Florida’s best shot at a high-speed rail system.

Despite opposition, the All Aboard Florida project keeps chugging along with railroad and real estate construction in South Florida’s signature downtowns. Railroad grades are being redone; new signals and switches are being installed, and concrete is being poured for stations and affiliated commercial real estate.

“We see those things happening every day from West Palm Beach to Miami,” said All Aboard President Michael Reininger. “We are right where we’d thought we’d be.”

That means on target for a 2017 launch date — and those supporting Florida high-speed rail can thank the private sector, not government.

Here is a brief history.

Florida’s push to catch up to modern civilization on fast-speed passenger rail began in 2000 with the bullet train constitutional amendment. However, voters hit the bullet train reset button four years later with another constitutional amendment to void the first one.

Then, in 2010, along came President Barack Obama’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, with “free” money for high-speed rail projects, including $2.4 billion for a link from Tampa to Orlando. It really wasn’t free money, though, just more dollars added to the country’s national debt, now at $18 trillion and counting.

Gov. Rick Scott said no thanks, insisting the cost would be well above $3 billion. Two other governors, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich, who is still in the GOP presidential field, also rejected the federal giveaway.

Today, though, All Aboard Florida’s Miami-to-Orlando project, without the state constitution and without adding billions to the U.S. debt, is the only high-speed train with a chance to leave the station in Florida.

Privately funded All Aboard is using railroad infrastructure already in place — the same Flagler path that opened Florida to the world more than a century ago. It’s being funded by tax-exempt bonds All Aboard must sell to investors, not taxpayers, though opponents argue this much constitutes a subsidy.

“This is a transportation infrastructure project that started on third base,” said Reininger. “We’re the beneficiary of good fortune, in that history delivered to us the asset base that will allow us to build this.”

All Aboard still has major hurdles to surpass. It has to sell the aforementioned bonds, $1.75 billion worth, which Martin County is contesting. There are pending legal challenges and some pieces of Flagler’s railroad, now the Florida East Coast Railway, need work, including three pivotal but rickety bridges.

Here’s the thing: All Aboard’s cost is more than $3 billion.

Sounds to me like the government would have made a smarter investment by buying All Aboard’s bonds — and still have had dollars to spare — instead of proposing to put taxpayers on the hook for an entire high-speed line in Florida.

 

 

 

FL: Bypass Track Opens, Lets All Aboard Proceed with West Palm Station

The $2.9 billion All Aboard Florida project hit a milestone Sunday evening when freight trains started using a newly built bypass track through downtown West Palm Beach — a shift that will allow crews to complete work on the company’s $29 million station and rail platform under construction near CityPlace.

The new section of track is located between Quadrille Boulevard and the Florida East Coast Railway line. The bypass line, which is being built within the FEC right-of-way, runs from just north of Third Street to south of Hibiscus Street.

The track shift clears the way for the next phase of construction at the downtown station. All Aboard Florida plans to remove the old track to make room for work on the station’s train platform, overhead lobby and waiting area.

“Moving the existing freight rail line will allow us to begin construction on the station and two new rails that will accommodate the passenger service,” said Adrian Share, All Aboard’s executive vice president of rail infrastructure. “This is another step toward creating a new urban living space with an interconnected mobility system.”

The bypass track is expected to be a permanent fixture. Eventually, there will be three rail lines near the station, which is just north of CityPlace between Datura and Evernia streets.

All Aboard Florida began work on the station this year.

In January, the company permanently closed rail crossings at Datura and Evernia streets as part of the construction plan. The station’s 800-foot train platform is planned to rise where the streets once crossed the tracks.

This spring, crews began installing water, sewer and stormwater pipes at the site

and crews started work on the foundation pilings in June.

The West Palm Beach station is one of four the company is building as part of its express passenger rail line planned between Miami and Orlando.

The company plans to run 32 trains a day along the FEC tracks with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. All Aboard Florida plans to launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017. The West Palm Beach-to-Orlando span is expected to begin by the end of 2017.

In Palm Beach County, All Aboard has several crews clearing land along the FEC corridor to make way for a second line, or double tracks, that will allow two trains to pass.

In the coming months, the company will begin upgrading rail signals and crossing arms at railroad intersections.

The company is working with Palm Beach County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization to create a continuous quiet zone to silence train horns along the FEC tracks from the county line north to 15th Street in West Palm Beach. MPO officials are working to extend the zone north to the county line at the same time All Aboard Florida launches its second phase between West Palm Beach and Orlando.

All Aboard a link to better future for Delray Beach

When All Aboard Florida was first announced, I had my questions, like everyone else. But I approached the project with an open mind, looking for opportunities to set our community on the right path for a more sustainable and mobile future.

I finally came to the conclusion that the investment and upgrades to our transportation infrastructure will benefit such cities as Delray Beach, even though we initially will not have a stop downtown.

 

One important benefit of All Aboard Florida will be the introduction of quiet zones along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor, so freight and passenger trains won’t blow their horns.

The majority of this work is now being paid for by the railroad, and the small remainder will be paid for by the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization. This is an important benefit for those who live along the tracks. Keep in mind that communities have been trying to implement quiet zones for decades, but have been unsuccessful due to the cost.

The biggest benefit I see for Delray Beach is the ability to fast-track the Tri-Rail Coastal Link, the commuter rail project between Miami and Jupiter on the FEC corridor. I am a big advocate of this project. Can you imagine the positive economic and transportation impact this will have on our downtown?

South Florida Regional Transportation Agency (SFRTA) Executive Director Jack Stephens recently said that the funding for Tri-Rail’s first link to downtown Miami has been completed. With this connection comes the first Coastal Link station, and the beginning of the expansion of the current Tri-Rail system along the FEC corridor.

This gives Tri-Rail’s riders immediate access from west Boca Raton or Delray Beach to downtown Miami. This is a great start.

It is clear that All Aboard Florida is moving forward. Let’s take this opportunity to work collectively with SFRTA and AAF to realize the potential to make Delray Beach stronger and better connected.

BRUCE BASTIAN, DELRAY BEACH

Editor’s note: Bruce Bastian is vice chairman of Human Powered Delray.

 

 

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