What does it mean that the FDFC voted to approve private activity bonds for All Aboard Florida? Hours after this presentation was given by Florida NOT All Aboard Director KC Ingram-Traylor, Martin County voted to initiate a lawsuit against the FDFC for approving to be a conduit issuer of the bonds. This adds to the 25 pages of risks associated with this company for investors to evaluate.
A big thank you to “The Whistling Moon Travelers” for recording this catchy song! Enjoy the photo montage looking at all the people and businesses who support the effort to “stop big choo choo” in his tracks! The video debuted on “The KC Ingram Show” on 8/18/15.
ABC News examines recent “close calls” on our railroads nationwide and poses the frightening question we all wonder: Are Train Accidents Happening more Often? Particularly scary as Floridians continue fighting against, “All Aboard Florida.”
All Aboard Florida, Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), & Florida East Coast Railway are all under the Fortress Investment Group umbrella. Rusty Roberts, VP of Corporate Development at Florida East Coast Industries, quips the train horn is “the sound of money” at a Stuart town hall meeting where he is representing All Aboard Florida.
Story by Lauren Hills/CBS12 News
DELRAY BEACH (CBS12) — When trains come rumbling through a community, things get a while lot louder.
“Quality of life for the noise factor is huge,” said Pamela Kennedy, Boynton Beach resident.
Kennedy says it can be tough to manage now, but under All Aboard Florida’s plan to have 32 passenger trains each day criss crossing from Miami to Orlando, it’ll be worse.
“You have to deal with trains and stopping traffic, it will be unbearable,” she said.
Another concern is the potential cost for cities. All Aboard is said to be a privately funded project, but the city of Delray Beach is worried money is and will come right out if taxpayers pockets.
Delray beach Commissioner Mitch Katz says All Aboard Florida reps told them the county will pay for things like quiet zones, pedestrian sidewalks, and safety devices that are needed surrounding the project. But to him, that’s still a problem.
“The county is still our tax dollars whether residents pay through city, they also pay thorough the county so it’s our county funding millions for a privately run project,” said Katz.
The city is now asking All Aboard Florida to fork over the money for any improvements, maintenance, or changes needed due to the project.
Katz says there’s no telling yet how much those things could potentially cost but he says the quiet zones alone will cost about a million dollars in Delray Beach alone.
Money he says neither the city or county can afford.
“If it’s part of their project, it should be part of their project,” he said. “They should build the quiet zones and pay for them and commit to long term sustaining of the improvements.”
In a statement, All Aboard Florida said, “Last year, All Aboard Florida announced a partnership with the Broward and Palm Beach MPOs to fund quiet zones between the city of Hallandale Beach and 15th Street in West Palm Beach. The majority of the cost to upgrade the crossings will be borne by All Aboard Florida. The partnership represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realize the benefit of quiet zones at the lowest possible cost, in the quickest possible time frame and with the easiest possible process.”
Thank you CBS Ch. 12 for airing your investigative stories on how All Aboard Florida is trying to use taxpayer funding to help pay for their passenger rail scheme! All Aboard Florida is ultimately owned by Fortress Investment Group in New York City. Fortress manages over $60 billion dollars in funds. Why are taxpayers being asked to risk our hard earned dollars for this hedge fund?? Florida NOT All Aboard sounded the alarm over a year ago and thanks to people speaking out, our voices are being heard. We do not need another Digital Domain on the east coast of Florida!!! Contact your elected officials today and tell them no taxpayer funding for All Aboard Florida!
View the story here:
What’s inside those freight tanker cars that roll by our neighborhoods and our schools? Not even first responders can answer that question.
So why is the cargo rolling through in relative secrecy? CBS12 reporter Michael Buczyner talks to city, state and railway officials to get answers:
With all of the recent complaints and news about train noise, one resident measured the noise.
Attached is the video I made on Saturday using and EXtech Class 2 sound meter. This is OSHA approved meter. It indicates that standing on my property about 25-30 feet from the newer train engines as they pass, the horn noise reached 177 decibels. As it got a little further away, 145 decibels. The important thing to understand is that when FRA or even All Aboard talks specifically about train horn noise, they are required by regulation to test it in a certain way. The regulations are as attached.
They test only in front of the train, 100 feet, at a point 15 feet above the railing using a slow response setting on the meter and using a continuous 10 second blast of the horn. I will not be able to duplicate that without cooperation. So when they talk about a reading of 103 decibels, realize that even if they did it right and are telling the truth, it does not mean that the maximum noise made by the train horn is only 103 decibels. That is equivalent to a chain saw running at full power. You cannot hear a chain saw more than a mile away inside your house. But you can hear the train horn, at least on these newer train horns. But in the “real world “, on my property, we hear about 90 decibels from the train itself , consistent with published levels for a subway train passing , and over 177 decibels from the horn.
Videography by Cindi Lenz
Always happy to be invited to the Martin County League of Woman Voters for lunch.
The League of Women Voters of Martin County is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Today’s speaker was K.C. Ingram Traylor who founded Florida Not All Aboard. KC is a lesson in trust your gut and never give up.
“You don’t care about us!” Mary McHugh lives in a mobile home park in Jensen Beach, a few hundred yards away from the railroad tracks where All Aboard Florida wants to send 32 high-speed trains a day speeding by. Mrs. McHugh & other seniors share their fears of a derailment in this report: