Letter: Don’t listen to Campbell; stay on offense against All Aboard Florida
Posted on March 22, 2016
Robert L. Crandall, Palm City
Letter: Don't listen to Campbell; stay on offense against All Aboard Florida
Rich Campbell, champion of the "give up because it's inevitable" approach to All Aboard Florida, now chastises county leaders for not petitioning the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) for quiet zones.
Campbell fails to note that:
AAF is required to meet FRA's sealed corridor safety standards at all crossings and claims that by doing so, it will put in place everything physically needed for quiet zones.
The public has little information on the probability of increased deaths and accidents if quiet zones are adopted, and both AAF and FRA have resisted FOIA requests for their correspondence on rail safety and quiet zones.
The incremental maintenance cost of the upgraded crossings will be borne by the public, not the railroad.
Nothing will preclude the counties from petitioning for quiet zones if and when AAF is able to proceed with construction on the Treasure Coast.
The Treasure Coast does not want All Aboard Florida, and Campbell's column is just another effort to persuade opponents to give up and give in.