Residents oppose proposed high-speed rail system

All Aboard Florida would take run 32 trips daily

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Some Brevard County leaders and many residents want to derail plans for a train from Orlando to South Florida.


All Aboard Florida is a proposed high-speed rail system that is designed to take passengers form Orlando International Airport to Miami in less than three hours. Officials say the train will only have stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.


The rail system is expected to run 32 trips daily through Brevard County at speeds of 120 mph and that worries a lot of residents who live in the county.


"There will be sound issues, there will be vibration issues, there will be housing values that decline and there will be increased taxes," said Susan Mehiel.


Several opponents to the proposed rail system lined up at the Brevard County Commission meeting Tuesday.


Commissioner Trudie Infantini proposed a resolution to put a halt on the project, but the vote was split and a decision will be made at a later date.


"Nobody has been told we're going to have these trains ripping through us, ripping through the county and disturbing the lifestyle," said Barbara Knick.


However, the privately-funded company promises to clear crossings within 60 seconds. They also say the train will have a multimillion dollar economic impact, creating thousands of jobs and taking 3 million cars off the road each year.


But folks who live in rural Brevard County don't think the payoff is worth disturbing their peace.


"We're all going to be impacted by 70 closings of railroad tracks that inhibit our ability to get there from here anymore," said Susan Olson.


The project is estimated to cost more than $1.5 billion and if it goes through construction is set to begin this year, with the new high-speed passenger rail service starting in 2016.


About 13,000 people have signed a petition against All Aboard Florida.

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