Bravo to the Florida Department of Transportation for requiring sealed corridors along the pathway of the proposed All Aboard Florida (AAF) intersections. This means that pedestrians and drivers will be safer at FEC rail crossings and that municipalities will pay less for quiet zones. Safety as Floridians Expect — SAFE — now fully supports passenger rail service on the FEC tracks.
I am SAFE’s representative on the Tri-Rail Coastal Link’s finance and public information sub-committees. These sub-committees, along with the technology sub-committee, have been hard at work planning for local passenger service on the same tracks that will be used by AAF.
Recently, a noncompete service agreement was made between Tri-Rail Coastal Link and AAF that will ensure that local passenger service will be provided by TRCL and long distance by AAF which will be paying a big portion of fixed costs that otherwise would have been borne by taxpayers, such as station construction in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
Jim Smith, chairman, SAFE, Delray Beach