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Wed June 25, 2014
Document Reveals All Aboard Florida Plans To Spend $29 Million On West Palm Beach Station
All Aboard Florida, the privately funded project that plans to connect Miami to Orlando with high-speed rail service, has been touted as an alternative to congested highways. It has also been criticized for concerns regarding safety and noise.
One of the stops will be in West Palm Beach. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio says she is excited for the train to come to her city, but expresses concern over noise and disruption of traffic.
"Because the station is going to be built across two roads, two of our streets in our downtown grid are gonna be closed," she says. "That's of concern to us so we're asking for pedestrian crossovers at the station."
According to an internal document, the station in West Palm Beach is expected to cost $29 million. In the past governor Rick Scott has said that no state taxpayer money will be used to pay for the project, but the project has applied for a $1.5 billion loan.
When the rail opens, a ticket from Miami to West Palm Beach is projected to cost just under $24.
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