Posted 05 June 2018 - 04:43 AM
That has been noted by many of us. There are a few things in the mix there:
(1) The initial plan has Brightline running through those communities but not stopping there. I suspect that the tone would be a bit different if those stops were already there, but for various (quite obvious, at least to me) reasons those stops weren't put on the initial list. There's an obvious difference between "a train which stops in my community" and "a train which blows through my community at 110 MPH without stopping", especially when the train in question crosses a large number of streets. This isn't to say that opposition would evaporate entirely, but the situation would likely be different.
(2) Brightline isn't banking on local support. Even if a local community is fighting tooth and nail against Brightline, if there's a solid business case to add a given stop, Brightline is likely to add the stop. Remember, this isn't like Amtrak (where they have to round up all sorts of stakeholders and get them on board to add a stop).
(3) Brightline isn't going to add stops in all of those communities. You've probably got a dozen or so possible stops between Cocoa and West Palm...but the odds are pretty good that Brghtline will only add 2-3 in there (Fort Pierce is already on the list, and I think there's room to add one or two more) rather than slow their trains down with lots of stops.
Note that per the Brightline-Beeline arrangement, they can add up to one stop per county north of West Palm Beach at the negotiated rate. I /think/ that West Palm's station counts for Palm Beach County, so we're looking at:
Brevard County: Cocoa Beach
Indian River County: Vero Beach (?)
Saint Lucie County: Fort Pierce
Martin County: Stuart (?)
Palm Beach: West Palm Beach*
Note that the options of Jupiter and Melbourne/Palm Bay are probably foreclosed by West Palm and Cocoa, respectively (since they're in the relevant counties). Stuart and Vero seem like the most plausible stop choices in the relevant counties.
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