The folks behind a new high speed rail project are getting the word out that once it's here, they believe Floridians will appreciate it.
There have been concerns voiced by residents of communities across the state, including in our area, about All Aboard Florida and its 32 trains that will run each day between Miami and Orlando, with stops in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.
All Aboard Florida President Mike Reininger tells WJNO that this project will boost the state's economy from the start, because it's providing jobs and it's not hitting any of us in the wallet.
"Almost always, infrastructure projects are the burden of the taxpayer. This is a project that is being implemented as an infrastructure program entirely without the assistance of taxpayer contributions."
Concerns from the public range from the fear of railroad bridges being in the down position all day, to the lack of local funding for so-called quiet zones so horns aren't blowing constantly.
Reininger says the privately owned company is pitching in quite a bit towards the noise issue.
"As we begin our construction and our infrastructure improvement program we will in fact be making most of the improvements that will ultimately be necessary to achieve quiet zone status."
At least the first phase of All Aboard Florida is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
It's a long conversation with President Mike Reininger, but many of your questions or concerns just might be answered if you give it a listen. Then, let us know what you think about All Aboard Florida below.
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