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Boca Gives New Brightline Station The Green Light

Dec 11, 2019
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If you live between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, soon you’ll have a link in the middle to board a high-speed train down to Miami and eventually up to Orlando.

Boca Raton City Council members gave the green light for a new Brightline train station Tuesday night. The station will be built next door to the city’s downtown library, a few blocks west of Mizner Park.

Boca Expected To OK New Brightline Station Today

Dec 10, 2019
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Today’s the day Boca Raton leaders vote on the new Brightline station.

City Council members will likely approve the lease for the 1.8 acre of land next door to the city’s downtown library. They’ll also likely approve an ordinance allowing for the construction that will foster the train company’s goals of having the shiny new train station up and running by the end of next year.

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South Florida local governments are finding that if they want a Brightline station, taxpayers could help foot the bill. The most recent example: Aventura, where a station could get a $76 million contribution from Miami-Dade County.

Brightline, the South Florida high-speed rail service, has been in talks with local governments to start building stations in Aventura, as well as in Boca Raton and PortMiami. But unlike the rail line’s initial buildout, where the company paid to build the stations now in operation, taxpayer funds are now a consideration.

Rail Line From Orlando To Tampa Gets Boost

Nov 28, 2018
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Brightline got the green light Wednesday from the state to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa --- a link envisioned to eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s procurement office approved an application from Brightline, giving it 90 days to work out terms with the Central Florida Expressway Authority to build the train service along Interstate 4.

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Tampa's mayor visited Miami Thursday to learn more about a rail system that could potentially add a new transportation link between Florida's three largest cities. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn toured the Brightline station in Miami with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez before test-riding a train to Fort Lauderdale. Buckhorn wanted to see how the railway operates as Brightline works to expand its service into the Tampa Bay area. 

Tri-Rail Plagued With Delays

Apr 28, 2015
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Over the past month, the commuter rail service Tri-Rail has been plagued with delays, including a number of fatal collisions with cars and pedestrians, and mechanical breakdowns.

This has resulted in an on-time rate of about 58 percent, a far cry from the 90-percent-rate industry standard Tri-Rail strives for.

The delays are in part due to a long-anticipated takeover of operations of the train’s rail corridor.

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The people in charge of Tri-Rail say they want to take the guessing game out of train arrivals and departures.

So they plan to totally revamp the commuter rail's passenger information system.

Tri-Rail officials admit the system they use to inform their passengers about train statuses and delays is woefully out of date.  And younger riders accustomed to social media and up-to-the-minute alerts are driving the need for more real-time information.

Keith Dannemiller / Photo courtesy of the International Organization for Migration. ©2014 IOM

There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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06/02/14 - Monday's Topical Currents looks at the future of public transportation in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Roundup: Is South Florida All Aboard?

May 30, 2014
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Designers of All Aboard Florida's Miami station say the complex will remake downtown. But folks between the train's proposed stations aren't so thrilled with potentially 16 trains each way barreling through their neighborhoods. 

Also with the start of hurricane season this week, we chat with Citizens Property Insurance CEO Barry Gilway. 

Host Tom Hudson speaks with Andrew Marra of the Palm Beach Post, Laura Wides-Munoz of the Associated Press, Tim Padgett and Alicia Zuckerman of WLRN-Miami Herald News, and Toluse Olorunnipa of Bloomberg News. 

All Aboard Florida

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.

Kenny Malone

I-95 misery has bent Henry Flagler's railroad tracks full circle.

Long ago, passenger trains on lines Flagler built turned a community called Fort Dallas, pop. 300, into Miami. Then cars on I-95 turned Miami into the Miami metropolitan area, driving a stake into Flagler passenger trains along the way. Now, in a historic swing of the pendulum, that same highway system may be resurrecting Flagler passenger service.