Letter: A whole web of conflicts in machinations behind All Aboard Florida
Posted on March 5, 2017
By: Nicholas Schaus, Vero Beach
That was great news for Fortress, which had purchased Florida East Coast in 2007, since Florida had a passenger-rail plan (1990) linking Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Now, the Miami-Orlando segment was in play.
In 2012, All Aboard Florida project was announced, quickly followed by a $212 million Orlando airport train terminal approval a green light for AAF to lease land next to the 40-mile Cocoa-to- Orlando expressway to build tracks, and lastly hundreds of millions more from the State for the Port of Miami (served by only one freight rail: Florida East Coast…