“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:
We thought you’d enjoy this ad for ReMax & how close to home it hits! Thinking of buying property near the railroad tracks? May seem like a good idea but here’s a dose of reality:
Correspondent Steve Croft: There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart, and at least in one respect they’re correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute. Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a one time cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed. There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the massive amounts of money needed to fix it, just another example of political paralysis in Washington.
Tens of millions of American cross over bridges every day without giving it much thought, unless they hit a pothole. But the infrastructure problem goes much deeper than pavement. It goes to crumbling concrete and corroded steel and the fact that nearly 70,000 bridges in America — one out of every nine — is now considered to be structurally deficient.
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Ft. Pierce, Florida is a small town on the south east coast. This video was created in response to the Federal Railroad Association impact study (DEIS) that was done for the area. The local business owners and residents wanted to be seen and heard and are voicing valid concerns about the impact it will have on the area regarding small businesses, tourism, living conditions, safety, noise, and quality of life on the Treasure Coast.
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Hundreds of residents speak out against All Aboard Florida at the FRA Public meeting on October 30, 2014 at the Kane Center in Stuart.
We asked Charlie Crist if he would sign the FNAA petition. He had the pen in his hand and when he found out what it was for he handed it back and said he would look into it. His aide took the petition and then handed it back several minutes later without a signature.
UPDATE: FNAA Founder KC Traylor addresses supporters at the Archie’s Rally:
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Listen to the exchange: All Aboard Florida rail crossing at 14th Street in Overtown, Miami was stuck in the down position for 13 hours. Miami Police were not happy. Cars forced to go around the crossing.
Using existing roadbeds built for freight for high-speed rail is dangerous, according to railroad expert Harry Bruce. Mr. Bruce ran a successful Chicago railroad for a decade. In this video series, Mr. Bruce shares his expertise and insight into the problems he foresees with All Aboard Florida. All Aboard Florida wants to send 32 high-speed passenger trains a day from Miami to Orlando. This will disrupt our quality of life, our marine industry and put safety at risk.