County opposes blocking rail
Written by Miami Today on March 23, 2017
Miami-Dade County commissioners have unanimously passed a motion to oppose a Senate bill moving through the Legislature in Tallahassee that could harm a partnership that would add rail service from South Florida to Orlando.
Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, also the county’s representative on the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority board, offered the motion, which directed county lobbyists to oppose the legislation and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to notify the Miami-Dade Delegation in the state legislature of the county’s opposition.
Known as the High-Speed Rail Passenger Safety Act, the legislation could effectively kill the partnership between All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project and South Florida’s Tri-Rail, jeopardizing the future expansion of the commuter rail system on the northeast corridor, and stifling any rail connection from South Florida to Orlando and beyond.
“Brightline has already created hundreds of jobs and spurred significant economic impact in our county,” said Mr. Barreiro. “This private express passenger rail service is set to connect Miami-Dade with Central Florida in an unprecedented way, bringing with it new tourism opportunities, less congestion on our roads and a new affordable way to travel. Any effort to undermine or block this important transportation progress and additional transportation projects like Tri-Rail from happening must be stopped.”