Amtrak crash gives Brian Mast more ‘resolve’
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Republican Congressman Brian Mast of Palm City said he’s got more “resolve” to fight a high-speed passenger rail service planned to roll through his district after being among the members of Congress traveling on an Amtrak train Wednesday that struck a garbage truck, killing one person, in West Virginia.

Local governments and residents on Florida’s Treasure Coast have long fought the Brightline rail service, which eventually is planned to travel from Miami to Orlando.

“Sadly, we’ve become all too familiar with this kind of accident in South Florida, where Brightline trains have struck and killed multiple pedestrians since they began operating just a few short weeks ago,” Mast tweeted shortly after the Amtrak crash. “I’ve long opposed the expansion of Brightline onto the Treasure Coast, where the mix of at-grade crossings and high-speed trains creates massive safety issues. My experience today has only strengthened my resolve to prevent Brightline from creating this dangerous situation in our community.”

Brightline is currently providing daily runs between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and plans to eventually link Miami to Orlando on existing tracks that run along the coast in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Brevard counties.

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  • James Gleason

    February 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    The easiest way not to get hit by a train is DONT WALK-ON THE TRACKS and ABIDE THE DOWN CROSSING GATES

  • Craig Harrison

    February 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Install cameras and station police to write tickets to offenders. That’ll stop them or make them pay! The trains aren’t the problem, well not in other countries!

  • Robert W. Mann

    February 2, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Mast is proving to be a spotlight grabbing idiot. Run a red light and get broadsided by a speeding Semi and his response it get in front of media and rant about closing all highways. No? That is exactly his response to people who drive past red lights, ignore horns, bells, signs and gates and get crosswise to a train. “Close the Railroad…” Sorry but what a joke!

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