Guest column: ‘Rail Act’ is simply anti-growth NIMBYism
The “Rail Safety” bill being sponsored by state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, should be viewed for what it is: the latest installment of a strategy of roadblocks designed to delay and drive up the cost of All Aboard Florida in hopes of breaking the company. Only in this chapter, clever opponents of the project are attempting to deceive legislators into taking a poison pill that will kill the future of passenger rail in Florida.
It is unconstitutional for a legislature to target a bill against a single company, so Mayfield’s bill attempts to place a thin veil over “all railroads” … that happen to look and act EXACTLY like All Aboard Florida. The veil is so thin that while testifying to the Senate Transportation Committee, Mayfield repeatedly referred directly to All Aboard Florida when speaking about SB 386. She had to catch herself to fall back to the more scripted “any high-speed rail company.”
Another Florida Voice:
Proposed All Aboard Florida Regulations: Driven by Safety Concerns or Politics?
By Ed Dean, Sunshine State News
Since 2014, the team behind All Aboard Florida (AAF) and Brightline has known that expanding rail in the Space Coast and the Treasure Coast would not be an easy sell. Over the past year, All Aboard Florida officials have expressed optimism after winning court battles and obtaining permits to move forward.
But that mood might be changing. State Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, an opponent of the rail project, has introduced “The Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act.”