All Aboard Florida

It's a headline you can write every election year: FLORIDA THE BIG BATTLEGROUND IN THIS YEARS' RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE But that banner belies significant changes taking place in rapid fashion. In fact, if your image of Florida politics is senior citizens peppering candidates with questions about Social Security and Medicare, it's time for an update. Or a new headline. Perhaps something like this: MILLENNIALS A RISING FORCE IN FLORIDA ELECTIONS Senior...

THE TIMES/RICHARD POHLE

This week on The Florida Roundup: How much or how little the state of Florida is telling the public about the spread of the Zika virus has come under scrutiny . So why are some saying the Florida Department of Health's daily Zika update may not be providing the complete picture?

Also, why is it taking so long for pregnant women in Florida to get their Zika test results back from the state labs? WLRN's Sammy Mack and Kate Stein fill us in on the latest. Listen here:...

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All Aboard Florida officially revealed models of its trains, with a new name: Brightline . Those models are expected to become life-size and run from Miami to West Palm Beach in mid-2017 and farther north to Orlando later that year. Brightline's yellow-streaked cars will offer food and drinks, facilities to transport pets, free wi-fi and power outlets at every seat. But not everyone is on board with the rail link. Opponents argue the 3-hour train ride won’t make a big difference for travel ...

Pedro Portal - El Nuevo Herald Staff

A planned Tri-Rail station in downtown Miami came one step closer to fruition on Tuesday, when the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve $13.9 million in funding for the project. The grant will help fund the construction of two Tri-Rail platforms at All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral complex , currently under construction by the Government Center. The complex will also host All Aboard Florida’s passenger trains to Orlando, as well as restaurants, stores,...

Supporters And Foes Line Up On Rail Financing Plan

Apr 20, 2015
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A private passenger-rail venture got the endorsement of one of the state's most-powerful business lobbying groups Monday in seeking $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. Meanwhile, a quartet of legislators from the region most opposed to All Aboard Florida's Miami-to-Orlando rail project questioned if the state will eventually have to subsidize the service, which is proposing 32 trains a day in 2017. "What happens if the project fails, who is left holding the bag?" asked Rep. Gayle Harrell, R...

All Aboard Florida

A group of Palm Beach County business leaders says they’re confused by All Aboard Florida ’s unwillingness to appear at their luncheon Thursday, especially since it was All Aboard Florida who pitched the idea in the first place. The proposed Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail was the topic of discussion for the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County’s monthly lunch meeting. But just a few weeks before the event, All Aboard Florida officials canceled, citing "scheduling conflicts...

Christine DiMattei

All Aboard Florida broke ground today for its downtown West Palm Beach station. Over the next three weeks, both the Sewell Hardware and the Sasser Glass Buildings will be razed to make way for the station between Evernia and Datura Streets, right next to the Florida East Coast Railway corridor. The grade crossings at those streets will be closed at the end of the year for construction. All Aboard Florida officials say they plan to build a new bypass road to run right in front of the station....

Christine DiMattei

Floridians who attend any of the scheduled public forums on a proposed Miami-to-Orlando passenger train will find plenty of people to talk to — but no microphone and no podium. The Federal Railroad Administration is hosting the eight meetings to gather public comments on the potential impacts of All Aboard Florida. But instead of a traditional public hearing format where people step up to the mic one at a time, the FRA fills a...

Christine DiMattei

Until just a few months ago, Kasey Carol “K.C.” Traylor knew nothing about trains. But now the stay-at-home mom from Palm City could probably tell you everything you need to know about double-tracking, quiet zones or the decibel level of locomotive horns. "I know more about trains than I ever thought I would,” says Traylor, with a laugh. Her crash course in railway systems began in January, when she read a news report about All Aboard Florida ' s plans to...

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

On any given day in Overtown , dozens of people walk down Northwest 17 th Street headed toward a homeless shelter, bus stops or a supermarket on the edge of downtown. But first, pedestrians in this poor Miami neighborhood cross a little-used railroad track just east of Northwest First Avenue. And every time they do, they run the risk of getting arrested. Over the past two and a half years, an obscure police force run by the Florida East Coast Railway has notched nearly 500 arrests in Miami...

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Governor Rick Scott declined to accept federal money for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. But Scott is supporting the All Aboard Florida project -- a rail line from Miami to West Palm Beach that could eventually reach Orlando. The difference, Scott says, is that there's not government money involved in this rail project. In an interview with the West Palm Beach TV station WPEC June 30, Scott said, "All Aboard is a 100 percent private venture. There is no state money involved....

All Aboard Florida

Local planning officials say they have most of the funding in hand to create a giant no-whistles-allowed "quiet zone" from Miami to West Palm Beach. It could be a big quality-of-life improvement for South Floridians who live and work along the Florida East Coast railway tracks. For All Aboard Florida, the company that's building a new passenger rail line from Miami through Broward and Palm Beach counties to Orlando, this is a big deal that could placate some of its critics. In a quiet zone, a...

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