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#1581 cirdan

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:17 AM

Inauguration of service on Brightline between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is slated for late July, followed by a late August extension of service to Miami Central

http://www.progressi...lynews3/13/2017

 

Is that basically just to test things a bit more with passengers on board?

 

I can't see much of a business case for a train not going to Miami.



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:41 AM

Inauguration of service on Brightline between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is slated for late July, followed by a late August extension of service to Miami Central

http://www.progressi...lynews3/13/2017

 
Is that basically just to test things a bit more with passengers on board?
 
I can't see much of a business case for a train not going to Miami.
Yes. They even say on the article that there will only be one grand opening in September after MIA-WPB is open. So it's like a soft opening in two phases.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 03:18 PM

Frankly, it's smart.  They might burn a few hundred thousand dollars running mostly-empty trains but it beats having OBS who are still learning the ropes under real-world conditions on some presumably packed trains at the grand opening.


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Posted 23 June 2017 - 05:41 PM

I definitely will be making a pilgrimage to Miami to ride the route from Miami to wpb.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:05 AM

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 11:43 AM

Martin County bowed out of their NIMBY lawsuit.  Still claims "Victory".

 

http://www.wptv.com/...-claims-victory


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:15 PM

Martin County bowed out of their NIMBY lawsuit.  Still claims "Victory".

 

http://www.wptv.com/...-claims-victory

They had filed the lawsuit to block the sale of Bonds. AAF decided to withdraw the Bond offering and sold a different set of Bonds that are not being used for anything in Martin County. The lawsuit thus became irrelevant and the judge threw it out. Martin County had a choice to appeal, which they chose not to and withdrew the whole thing instead, since there is no relevance or need for the suit anymore. They have already managed to block the use of Bond money in Martin County and have no standing to challenge the use of Bond money in other counties. so in some sense they did indeed succeed in their limited goal, such as it was. It is yet to be seen how AAF proposes to fund the necessary construction work in Martin County in Phase 2.



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 12:55 PM

Sounds like a face-saving comment on their part to me.  Fact is, they don't want the train.  They tried a legal maneuver to prevent funding, hoping it would kill the effort.  It didn't.  They failed.  In all honesty, I'm OK about the whole thing - less public money involved, the better.

 

I guess the July soft-open was cancelled.  Still no word on ticket prices?


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:56 PM

Sprint is suing All Aboard, claiming $646k in unpaid bills for fiber optic work next to the tracks. Likely not a big deal, although of more personal interest to me.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 02:59 PM

I visited the Miami Central station site two weekends back. I would be very pleasantly surprised if it is ready for opening by September.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 12:39 AM

I'd be pleasantly surprised if WPB to FTL is running by September.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:47 AM

Has testing and staff training commenced yet?



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:51 AM

Has testing and staff training commenced yet?

Yes. Started about 6-8 weeks back.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 11:52 AM

First fatality and they haven't even started with passengers yet.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 04:59 PM

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 07:15 PM

http://www.masstrans...t-opponents-say

Thank you for sharing this. The fact that neither AAF nor DOT commented and that the opposition groups had several qualms make it sound like speculation with few hard facts. Roping in the President's finances and security and talking crap about AAF? It shows how deep in the mud the opposition groups are willing to go to discredit AAF and the growth of passenger rail in FL.

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 08:03 PM

 

http://www.masstrans...t-opponents-say

Thank you for sharing this. The fact that neither AAF nor DOT commented and that the opposition groups had several qualms make it sound like speculation with few hard facts. Roping in the President's finances and security and talking crap about AAF? It shows how deep in the mud the opposition groups are willing to go to discredit AAF and the growth of passenger rail in FL.

 

 

Honestly, this most recent attack should discredit any credibility CARE had (very little to begin with). Trump's motorcade uses Southern Blvd, direct from the airport to Mar-a-Lago. Southern Blvd is actually grade seperated over both the South Florida Rail Corridor (Tri-Rail/CSX/Amtrak) and the FEC Rwy (Brightline). Not to mention that trains are stopped in the area before, during, and after the motorcade. Now if you want to complain about "bomb trains", your issue is with the freight carrier, not Brightline. 

 

Now on the other hand, Fort Pierce is becoming serious about pursuing a stop. Note that the city never funded any opposition efforts, and I seem to remember St. Lucie County backing down early. 

 

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 11:24 PM

It is mostly Martin County and to a lesser extent Indian River County that is still being obnoxious.

Edited by jis, 27 July 2017 - 11:26 PM.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:22 PM

So will we be able to be on it?

 

The latest seems to be near the end of the year. We'll be in Ft. Lauderdale taking a cruise and only have Nov 25th and 26th to try it out as we return via Amtrak on the 27th. We'd sure love to take a spin in it.



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:52 PM

So will we be able to be on it?

 

The latest seems to be near the end of the year. We'll be in Ft. Lauderdale taking a cruise and only have Nov 25th and 26th to try it out as we return via Amtrak on the 27th. We'd sure love to take a spin in it.

I have no idea. Hopefully I'll know more about it after 23rd of Sept FECRS Convention which will have a major set of tours and events with Brightline.

 

My guess, after a quick visit to the construction site of Miami Central Stations, is that Miami Central still has at least a couple more months of construction work to go before it becomes ready for prime time.






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