Richland School District announced the death of one of its students Wednesday afternoon with a letter to parents. Nathaniel A. Bojorquez was struck and killed by a train on Shafter Avenue just north of Highway 43 on Tuesday around 2:30 p.m.Bojorquez was an
BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries. Witnesse...
"Not buying rail tickets or talk yet" - Neither is FNAA!!!
Cocoa residents should hope that Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish is not holding his breath in anticipation of cutting the ribbon at the opening of a new Brightline rail station in Cocoa.
There is probably a good business case for Brightline commuter rail in the dense population corridor between West Palm Beach and Miami. The business case for Brightline operations between Orlando International Airport and Miami is more tenuous. Brightline has identified a three-hour “sweet spot” for rail travel between OIA and Miami. For rail travel time longer than three hours, travelers will opt to fly. For rail travel time less than three hours, travelers will opt to drive. Maintaining this three-hour sweet spot tends to rule against time-consuming intermediate stops at places such as Cocoa. Additionally, some have questioned the demand for 16 round trips a day between OIA and Miami.
Now, the Brightline business case is more muddied by that fact that the parent company of both FEC railroad and Brightline has sold the FEC railroad and its east coast rail corridor to Mexican rail and mining conglomerate Grupo Mexico, and sold Brightline to Japanese banking giant Softbank Group. Brightline’s proposed OIA-to-Miami operations depend on the construction of a high-speed track that is parallel to the existing east coast FEC freight track. Grupo Mexico is a freight rail operator and it is not clear what financial resources they are willing to commit to constructing this second set of tracks that would be used primarily by Brightline. I am not planning on buying rail tickets to Miami anytime soon.
Peter Schorsch is spot on when he calls the Florida Development Finance Corporation's non-answer to two ranking lawmakers a "veritable word salad" of "verbal gymnastics."
After months, Sens. Anitere Flores and Debbie Mayfield have yet to receive an adequate explanation from the Florida Development Finance Corporation about its approval of $600 million in private activity bonds for All Aboard Florida.
"The gist of the letters – which, in essence, say nothing – suggest that instead of acting as a public instrument, FDFC insists on conducting work in the dark." Read the full FloridaPolitics story below. REACT and please SHARE!