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.
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.
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.
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.