Florida safety bill takes aim at Brightline operations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are looking to tie-on tighter safety rules on All Aboard Florida's Brightline weeks ahead of when the West Palm Beach to Miami passenger service is expected to begin operations.

According to FloridaPolitics.com, the Florida Senate's transportation committee voted unanimously this week to move along a bill that would require Brightline to comply with state inspections, upgrade road crossings, and install security fencing — requirements that the regional railroad asserts are pre-empted by Federal rules covering the same topics.

Bill supporters say the measures are needed to ensure safe higher-speed train operations in southeastern Florida and to prevent the privately owned railroad from pushing costs of service onto taxpayers.

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