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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sunshine State musings 4

As I alluded to last month, I'm using this article to blast opponents of All Aboard Florida. Two articles were published in depth about these NIMBYs.

The WKMG and Fred Frailey articles also showed just how misleading All Aboard Florida opponents have been. Given all of the complaining Treasure Coast residents have done, it's like these people have never seen a train before. They chose to live near an area where there's frequent service by a major railroad so demands like forcing Florida East Coast to move freight service to competitor CSX's tracks, make the Class II railroad only run fright trains at night, and cities wanting to be subsidized for alleged lost revenue once AAF begins service are way beyond ridiculous.

I can't help but wonder if Treasure Coast residents are lashing out because after 14 years of on and off pledges by Amtrak to serve the east coast of Florida, the national carrier is still nowhere close to turning a wheel. If they want someone to blame for Amtrak's unfulfilled promises, they should be pointing their fingers at the feds for not funding the FEC Jacksonville-Miami route during Stimulus Mania in 2010. Had the Obama Administration given the money for this route, the alleged problems these NIMBYs have all of sudden brought up would have never existed because Amtrak trains would be running through the area.


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