A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the proposed All Aboard Florida Passenger Rail Project – All Aboard Florida – Operations LLC (AAF). The purpose of this DEIS is to evaluate the consequences that the construction and operation of the passenger rail project will have on the environment between Orlando and West Palm Beach. There will be eight Public Information Meetings held by the FRA which will give the public a chance to ask questions and leave written comments on the DEIS.
For additional information on this project visit – http://tcrpc.org/special_projects/AAF/AAF4914.html.
BOATER ALERT: The USCG is surveying the boating community to see what impact a change in bridge opening schedules will have on boaters. This is being driven by All Aboard Florida which is a public/private passenger rail project (Florida East Coast Industries) that connects Miami with Orlando in three hours. Several waterways are impacted, including New River in Ft. Lauderdale, Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and St. Lucie River in Stuart. Trains are stated to be less than 1,000 feet long and capable of crossing each waterway in less than 60 seconds, but it will result in the train bridges being closed over ten hours a day, with most of the rail traffic taking place when boating is also at its peak traffic hours. This does not include the existing commercial rail traffic.
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