No delays at train crossings because of All Aboard Florida, private report says

August 4, 2015

A report commissioned by Indian River County to look at All Aboard Florida’s impacts found there will be no “measurable impact” on the county’s emergency services or schools buses because of delays at crossings.

But the paper did note that there is a possible increase in safety risks because of the 32 daily passenger trains that will be added to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and the higher speeds they will travel.

The report, which is a draft and has not been presented to county commissioners, was prepared by the Mount Dora-based Railroad Consultant Group, Inc.

According to the 22-page paper, dated May 30, double-tracking Florida East Coast Railway tracks will allow trains to pass at the same time, while improvements will allow freight trains to travel at speeds up to 70 mph. Both measures will reduce the amount of time crossings will be closed from a total of 88 minutes per day in 2019 to 84.4 minutes.

“Accordingly, there is no increased closure time from the addition of 32 AAF trains due to the time savings achieved by the infrastructure capacity improvements allowing high speeds,” the report says. “With school buses mandated to stop at all crossings and total crossing closure time with AAF the same, no school bus impact or delay is foreseen.”

 

Kimberly Miller has the full story at PalmBeachPost.com

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