The Palm Beach Post: Letters: All Aboard plan no good for Delray
Posted on September 30, 2015
The Sept. 24 Point of View, “Rail plan offers better future for Delray,” claiming that the All Aboard Florida rail plan offers a better future for Delray Beach, is missing the point and incorrect.
Double- and triple-tracking the rail system — so that we have 32 high-speed passenger and 20 freight trains and 25 Tri-Rail trains — would be a disaster for not only Delray but for the entire coastal communities.
This would create a constant parade of trains and major traffic gridlock for cars and boats that would impede emergency vehicles, reduce property values and income from taxes and tourism, and result in major health and safety issues.
his AAF plan will not work, and it is doubtful that they will be able to finance their operation by selling the $1.75 billion in bonds after one reads their offering plan of 25 pages of numerous risks.
The only plan that can work is if either AAF goes bankrupt or it relocates west, to the CSX tracks. This would enable Tri-Rail to run along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and service some 25 communities from Miami to Orlando.
ALAN SCHLOSSBERG, DELRAY BEACH