With Faster Trains Headed for Brevard, Alliance for Safe Trains Announces Petition to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
By Space Coast Daily // September 20, 2022
36 Brightline trains per day will reach speeds up to 110 mph and cross 130 streets at grade
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With over 60 deaths on the Brightline tracks and trains going 30 mph faster headed for the Space Coast, the Alliance for Safe Trains is sponsoring a petition to get the Governor’s attention.
The Alliance is focusing on the residents in the Phase 2 path of the trains from Palm Beach to Cocoa where the 36 Brightline trains per day will reach speeds up to 110 mph and cross 130 streets at grade.
The organization hopes to get at least 8,000 signatures from the region’s residents in order to grab the Governor’s attention.
The petition asks Governor DeSantis to direct Florida Transportation Secretary Perdue to prioritize Brightline Safety and contract for professional studies of the route hazards, crossings, and pedestrian danger zones. In addition, the Alliance wants our elected representatives involved in the reporting study findings and planning of the mitigation efforts.
“The old Flagler route has been the deadliest route in the country for many years, which is why past analysts recommended speed trains not be put there,” Susan Mehiel, petition manager, commented.
“Higher speeds and more street crossings will mean even more deaths when Phase 2 goes operational.”
The state legislature-funded Florida Rail Safety Study recommended the corporation put fencing along miles of open track, pedestrian bridges away from street crossings and pedestrian channeling systems at grade crossings. No one knows if FDOT is requiring these additions and who is paying for them.
“The residents and voters have had no ability to communicate directly with FDOT or get answers from the company. We need better communications about study findings and funding sources,” said Mehiel said.
“A task force of our elected representatives and FDOT needs to be formed so we can tackle the issues now.”
The organization hopes there is a ground swell of residents signing the petition and sending the message loud and clear while the Governor is listening to his constituents as he travels the state campaigning.