Florida East Coast

The Florida Roundup
11:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Florida Roundup: Into Florida's Health Care Costs And East Coast Railway Police

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On the Florida Roundup, a WLRN-Miami Herald investigation finds hundreds of arrests by the Florida East Coast Railway Police are for pedestrians illegally crossing train tracks in Miami-Dade County, mostly at one spot. Often the charges are thrown out of court but kept on the record.

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Investigation
9:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Why More Than 300 People Have Been Arrested At This One Miami Intersection

A WLRN-Miami Herald investigation examined more than 500 court records from Miami-Dade County from the last 5 years.

More than 300 people have been arrested for trespassing around an intersection at Northwest 17th Street and the tracks.

The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) police exist, in part, to handle crimes like train robbery and terrorism, but our investigation shows that 93 percent of their arrests are for trespassing.

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Florida East Coast Railroad
11:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Overtown Rail Crossing Is Hotspot For Arrests, But Most Are Dismissed

Florida East Coast Railway cops have notched hundreds of trespassing arrests at one section of track in Overtown alone — with few convictions and much criticism.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

On any given day in Overtown, dozens of people walk down Northwest 17th 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. 

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All Aboard Florida
3:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Railroad Project Connecting Miami To Orlando Sparks Debate

All Aboard Florida's plans for a Miami-Orlando train is spurring debate.
Credit All Aboard Florida

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

All Aboard Florida's $1.5 billion project that would connect Miami to the Orlando is spurring debate.

All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, would be a privately run commuter railroad along Henry Flagler’s tracks in South Florida.

The services would include stops in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Orlando Airport.

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