Sunday, October 5, 2014

First responders to speak against All Aboard Florida at Jupiter event

Click title for link. It seems that the not-in-my-back-yard mentality still is holding firm from the northern part of of Palm Beach County through the Treasure Coast. It's a little unusual for first responders to be part of this sort of presentation. From the article:
Tequesta Mayor Abby Brennan has said she is concerned about emergency vehicles being delayed by the increase of 32 trains per day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. All Aboard Florida is expected to begin service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2016, with an Orlando leg opening in 2017.
“Because of the way we are surrounded by water, one train can block all three of our crossings,” Brennan said earlier this year. “Our assisted living facilities are all on the east side and we are worried that with all these extra trains ambulances may get stuck waiting.”
All Aboard Florida trains will be shorter than the typical freight train and are expected to pass through crossings in less than one minute. [Emphasis added]
Still, the Town of Jupiter Island  also fears that emergency vehicles will be impeded by the added trains.