Citizens Against Rail Expansion hold meeting against Brightline

Citizens Against Rail Expansion hold meeting against Brightline. (WPEC)

Brightline’s goal is to expand from Miami to Orlando, that means a high-speed train barreling through the Treasure Coast at 110 miles per hour.

For years, community leaders have been fighting this expansion. Now, those leaders said it’s even more prevalent since Brightline hit and killed two people in the first week of the train’s operation.

“There’s many concerns,” said Brent Hanlon, Chairman of C.A.R.E Florida (Citizens Against Rail Expansion).

Hanlon said those concerns are for old bridges, lack of crossings, small areas between guard gates for cars and for boaters.

He believes this project can be stopped.

He said, “hopefully our lawmakers, our decision makers, will step up and decide that this not an important, necessary service for us on the Treasure Coast.”

Steve Ryan, C.A.R.E Florida’s attorney, agrees. He said he won a similar case that threated a clinic Minnesota and one intersection interferes with Jupiter Medical Center.

“Every minute counts if you're a stroke or heart attack victim, and these trains could be blocking those tracks,” said Ryan.

He plans on taking this to court. In the meantime, he’s hopeful the rail-safety bill will pass.

“This is our second year pushing that safety bill but I think their ears are open now,” said Ryan.

These two men are leading an informational meeting and open discussion at the Lyric Theater in Stuart about All Aboard Florida for the public to attend.

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