Jennifer Sorentrue

Jennifer Sorentrue covers Palm Beach County government.

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NEW: Brightline to add safety ambassadors, more signs at key crossings
 All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Friday announced new safety and public education initiatives it plans to implement in the coming days amid mounting calls from state representatives to review recent deaths involving the private rail venture’s trains. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday joined the list of lawmakers urging...

Posted: 2 days ago

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Friday announced new safety and public education initiatives it plans to implement in the coming days amid mounting calls from state representatives to review recent deaths involving the private rail venture’s trains. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday joined the list of lawmakers urging...
NEW: After multiple train deaths, a call for action and education
 A growing chorus of local leaders on Thursday said more must be done to warn the public about the danger of ignoring railroad safety gates after two people were struck and killed by Brightline trains in less than a week. But despite mounting concern over the deaths, it was unclear late Thursday who would lead such a public awareness campaign...

Posted: 3 days ago

A growing chorus of local leaders on Thursday said more must be done to warn the public about the danger of ignoring railroad safety gates after two people were struck and killed by Brightline trains in less than a week. But despite mounting concern over the deaths, it was unclear late Thursday who would lead such a public awareness campaign...
UPDATE: Police say man pedaled around closed train gates before death
 A Brightline train struck and killed a bicyclist on Wednesday afternoon, marking the second fatal accident involving the highly-anticipated passenger service in less than a week — both in Boynton Beach. In the hours after Wednesday’s accident, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, called on federal transportation officials to investigate...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Brightline train struck and killed a bicyclist on Wednesday afternoon, marking the second fatal accident involving the highly-anticipated passenger service in less than a week — both in Boynton Beach. In the hours after Wednesday’s accident, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, called on federal transportation officials to investigate...
What happens when a train strikes a pedestrian?
 The invitation-only ride on Brightline’s express train should have taken 35 minutes. The locomotive pulled out of the company’s station in downtown Fort Lauderdale about 6 p.m. Friday headed for West Palm Beach. But as the train reached the railroad crossing at Northeast Sixth Avenue in Boynton Beach — the trip came to an...

Posted: 4 days ago

The invitation-only ride on Brightline’s express train should have taken 35 minutes. The locomotive pulled out of the company’s station in downtown Fort Lauderdale about 6 p.m. Friday headed for West Palm Beach. But as the train reached the railroad crossing at Northeast Sixth Avenue in Boynton Beach — the trip came to an...
Fun and free things to do with kids in Palm Beach County this weekend
 There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach Parenting...

Posted: 5 days ago

There are so many amazing and COMPLETELY FREE things to do with your kids in Palm Beach County this weekend. Here are our picks for the best events. We’ve also included a few for next weekend so you can get a head start on planning. To get this weekly listing delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our Palm Beach Parenting...
NEW: Brightline will be model for other U.S. regions, Congressman says
 As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline kicked off its inaugural weekend on Friday, transportation planners from across the country were already looking at ways to replicate the service in other large metropolitan areas where traffic is a problem. The private train service shuttled dozens of federal, state and local officials and other dignitaries...

Posted: 9 days ago

As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline kicked off its inaugural weekend on Friday, transportation planners from across the country were already looking at ways to replicate the service in other large metropolitan areas where traffic is a problem. The private train service shuttled dozens of federal, state and local officials and other dignitaries...
VIDEO: Riding Brightline this weekend? Five things to know
 Brightline will launch introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this morning. Here are five things you need to know before getting on the train: The stations are cashless. Make sure you have a credit card with you if you need to buy a ticket or plan to buy food and drinks either in Brightline’s station or on...

Posted: 9 days ago

Brightline will launch introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this morning. Here are five things you need to know before getting on the train: The stations are cashless. Make sure you have a credit card with you if you need to buy a ticket or plan to buy food and drinks either in Brightline’s station or on...
Tension mounts over Brightline train horns
 All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service on Thursday faced mounting opposition from West Palm Beach residents who want the passenger fleet stopped until safety upgrades to create a quiet zone to silence train horns are completed. Hours after Brightline announced its Saturday start date, the board of directors of...

Posted: 9 days ago

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service on Thursday faced mounting opposition from West Palm Beach residents who want the passenger fleet stopped until safety upgrades to create a quiet zone to silence train horns are completed. Hours after Brightline announced its Saturday start date, the board of directors of...
Brightline: Here’s what you need to know about the new train service

Posted: 10 days ago

Brightline will launch its new passenger service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about the express trains. How do I buy a ticket? Tickets are available on Brightline’s website, gobrightline.com, and its new mobile app. The website experienced technical problems on Thursday...
NEW: Brightline’s website experiences problems after launch announced
 Brightline’s website experienced technical problems on Thursday in the hours after the company announced its start date, train schedule and ticket prices. “We’re encountering site traffic delays and minor glitches due to your overwhelming excitement to book rides,” the company said on its website, gobrightline.com...

Posted: 10 days ago

Brightline’s website experienced technical problems on Thursday in the hours after the company announced its start date, train schedule and ticket prices. “We’re encountering site traffic delays and minor glitches due to your overwhelming excitement to book rides,” the company said on its website, gobrightline.com...
UPDATE: Quiet zone work to be completed in March, Brightline says
 UPDATE: Safety improvements needed to create a continuous quiet zone to silence train horns from West Palm Beach south to the Palm Beach County line will be completed in March, a Brightline spokesperson said Thursday. The work is scheduled to begin this month. Once complete, municipalities along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks must...

Posted: 10 days ago

UPDATE: Safety improvements needed to create a continuous quiet zone to silence train horns from West Palm Beach south to the Palm Beach County line will be completed in March, a Brightline spokesperson said Thursday. The work is scheduled to begin this month. Once complete, municipalities along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks must...