Digest: Groundbreaking set for Aventura Brightline station

News Wire Digest third section for Sept. 2: Denver RTD may divert rail money to other projects; inspectors close Vermont rail bridge
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Wednesday midday rail news:

Groundbreaking to be held Thursday for Brightline Aventura station

Brightline and Miami-Dade County officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for the new Brightline station in Aventura, 17 miles north of downtown Miami. The 10 a.m. ceremony is scheduled to be streamed live on Facebook at the Miami-Dade Transportation page; officials attending will include Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman. The Aventura station is one of three planned additions for Brightline service; the others are to be in Boca Raton and at PortMiami.

Denver RTD board may divert rail money to other projects
A majority of the board for Denver’s Regional Transportation District says it supports use of funds set aside for a commuter rail line to Boulder and Longmont, Colo., for other projects, including bus rapid transit in place of the rail line. Colorado Public Radio reports there is $120 million in the fund for the rail line. Currently, that project is on indefinite hold; recent estimates suggest it would cost $1.5 billion, would generate only 4,100 passengers per day, and would not open until 2050.

New England Central bridge used for interchange with CN shut down
A wooden bridge near the U.S.-Canada border, used for interchange between Canadian National and Genesee & Wyoming’s New England Central, has been closed as result of a bridge inspection as of today, according to a post on the Rails & Ports Facebook page. The website bridgehunter.com says the 3,800-foot timber stringer bridge at East Alburgh, Vt., with a 102-foot steel swing span, dates to 1912; the swing span, previously operated with a hand crank, was automated in 2011. A report on the automation of the swing span indicates the bridge has an “unusually soft foundation;” the Rails & Ports post indicates the bridge is inspected daily because the base causes occasional shifts.

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