Brightline (All Aboard Florida)
BackgroundBrightline, also known as "All Aboard Florida" (AAF), is a proposal by Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) to provide passenger rail service between South Florida and Central Florida, potentially expanding to Tampa and Jacksonville. The proposal would connect South and Central Florida by utilizing 195 miles of an existing rail corridor (some freight) located along the eastern portion of the state. Forty (40) new route miles would be created to connect to the Orlando International Airport. Planned stops include the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and the future South Terminal of Orlando International Airport.
Local governments along the corridor - such as Jupiter - have been working with regional planning councils, elected officials and each other to understand all of the impacts of the proposal. In addition, Jupiter is advocating that, should the AAF proposal move forward, it should only do so in a form that prioritizes public safety and quality of life issues.
Action and Position on High-Speed Passenger Rail
The Jupiter Town Council took several actions and positions with respect to the safety and quality of life concerns raised over Brightline's proposal to continue its project north of West Palm Beach.
In June, 2015 the Council submitted a letter to the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) regarding the issuance of bonds to fund the All Aboard Florida project. Read it here. Just prior, on Monday, June 1, 2015 the Council hosted a workshop with All Aboard Florida and the Florida East Coast Railway regarding the plan for a proposed passenger rail service connecting Miami to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.
The purpose of the workshop was to have AAF and FEC representatives address questions from the Town Council regarding the proposed project, its design, and how safety and infrastructure concerns are being addressed. The format of this workshop was question and answer between the Jupiter Town Council and representatives from AAF and FEC. Public is welcome; however, there is no public comment section on the workshop agenda.
Town Council prepared and senta list of questions to AAF for the June 1st workshop.
- Click here to view the prepared questions.
- Click here to view the presentation by AAF in Powerpoint and in PDF format.
- Click here to listen to the audio of the workshop.
Jupiter residents are urged to stay up-to-date on Brightline's proposal, and contact their State and Federal lawmakers with any concerns (click here for government links and resources). In addition, the following links may be helpful to read about and understand more about the AAF proposal.
- Letter from the Jupiter Town Council to Patrick Murphy regarding All Aboard Florida.
- Town of Jupiter Resolution 47-14, passed July 1, 2014.
- Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council's informational webpage on All Aboard Florida.
- All Aboard Florida website.
- Federal Railroad Administration website.
- Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): The DEIS contains information on the purpose and need for the project, the considered alternatives, descriptions of those alternatives and an evaluation of the environmental consequences of the project. Between October 27, 2014 and November 13, 2014, eight public workshops were held by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to discuss the DEIS and gather public input.