A commuter rail is being developed at the same time as a private passenger express service on the Florida East Coast tracks, fulfilling a longtime goal and easing the cost and construction hassle of doing it separately.
“That’s the whole beauty of Tri-Rail Coastal Link,” said Boca Raton City Councilwoman Susan Haynie, who is chairwoman of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization. “It will be built on the infrastructure FECI built.”
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Tri-Rail Coastal Link Memorandum of Understanding
* 8 organiations involved: Palm Beach MPO, Broward MPO, Miami-Dade MPO, Southeast Florida Transportation Council, South Florida RTA, Florida Department of Transportation, South Florida Regional Planning Council, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
* FDOT and South Florida RTA will negotiate with All Aboard Florida for all 8 agencies
* Project development stage capped at 2 years
* South Florida RTA will operate the Coastal Link once built
* Tri-Rail service will continue on the CSX tracks
> All eight transporation planning groups are expected to sign off on the joint agreement by the end of May.
> Negotiations with All Aboard Florida could begin in June.
> All Aboard Florida anticipates construction launch by the end of the year.