Is All Aboard Florida trying to kill the proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link, and instead run their own commuter rail system?
A presentation made at a recent meeting of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority reveals that All Aboard Florida wants the right to build six stations in South Florida, along with 64 trains per day running every 30 minutes (with the possibility of trains running even more frequently). In addition, AAF says they won’t allow Tri-Rail to operate before opening a minimum of 18 stations.
The SFRTA says that Tri-Rail service is not feasible under those conditions. They want AAF limited to 32 trains per day, and 3 stations in South Florida. They also want AAF fares to be at least double those of Tri-Rail.
The two sides continue negotiations, as AAF wants a non-compete letter from SFRTA finalized for a $1.6 billion Federal Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing loan. SFRTA will discuss the issue at a meeting tomorrow.