Brightline Considered Deadliest Train Per Mile In United States.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Brightline, considered the deadliest train per mile in the United States, is warning Palm Beach County residents today that it’s again set to test speeds up to 110 miles per hour. The testing will take place in the northern part of Palm Beach County.
Brightline issued the following statement: Brightline will continue testing trains at high speeds up to 110 miles-per-hour in northern Palm Beach County on Wednesday, March 1 and continuing through the month. The high-speed testing in Palm Beach County will take place throughout Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Lake Park, Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach and will occur daily between 7AM and 7PM. Flaggers will be present at railroad crossings when there is ACTIVE testing taking place in the area and there will be an increased law enforcement presence around railroad crossings.
The testing is in preparation for opening to Orlando in 2023 and will continue in phases along the 129-mile rail corridor between West Palm Beach and Cocoa. Residents should be alert and follow the law around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings. Testing is expected to bring additional wait times at railroad crossings.
Brightline is making crucial safety improvements at all 156 railroad crossings along the corridor. All safety improvements have been installed at crossings in the testing areas. Those improvements vary per crossing, but may include new crossing gates, signal systems, pedestrian gates, pavement markings and roadway profiles. Where trains will operate at speeds over 79 mph, crossings have quad gates or medians to prevent motorists from driving around lowered crossing gates.
PALM BEACH COUNTY – Railroad Crossings
Flaggers will be present at the following railroad crossings when there is ACTIVE testing taking place in the area:
Frederick Small Rd.
Donald Ross Rd.
Kyoto Gardens Dr.
North Lake Blvd. (SR 809)
Silver Beach Rd.
Blue Heron Blvd. (SR 708)
Flagler St. (West 13th St.)
Inlet Blvd./MLK Jr. Blvd. (SR 710)
45th St. (CR 702)
Residents should be alert and follow the law around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that rail traffic will run on BOTH tracks in BOTH directions. Stay off the tracks and never go around crossing gates. Only cross the railroad at designated crossings. Never stop on the tracks. Failure to follow the law could result in fines, points on your license or loss of life.
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