Brightline modifies service, but most public transportation available
South Florida’s commuter rail services continued operating on Wednesday, although the Brightline high-speed train line cut four trains from its schedule. Commercial airlines were still flying in and out of the region’s three international airports.sun-sentinel.com
Amtrak cancels long-haul trains, Tri-Rail weighs contingencies as national rail strike looms
Amtrak suspended its long-distance trains and Tri-Rail mapped contingencies for a nationwide rail strike that could start Friday if unions and freight carriers fail to reach a contract settlement. Brightline, the inter-city train service, says it will not be affected.sun-sentinel.com
Tri-Rail, other agencies get U.S. funds to help curb rail line trespassing, suicides
More than $2 million from the Federal Railroad Administration is being distributed among 13 states, including Florida, to regions where deaths by train are on the rise due to trespassing and suicides. Tri-Rail and other local entities will receive funding.sun-sentinel.com
Tri-Rail director Steven Abrams to resign amid Miami station dispute
After clashing with the board of directors over troubles related to construction defects that delayed the line’s ability to use Brightline’s station in Miami, Tri-Rail's executive director, Steven Abrams, announced his intent to resign on Friday.sun-sentinel.com
Tri-Rail’s leaders must resign or be fired
The $70 million Tri-Rail station at Brightline’s Miami terminal was designed so badly that the trains don’t fit. The key agency players are Executive Director, Steven Abrams, Deputy Executive Director, Diane Hernandez Del Calvo and General Counsel, Teresa Moore. Just before Christmas, the agency’s executive team provided more detail to the SFRTA Board revealing the problem is probably worse than previously explained and that the executive team had known since at least 2018. There is a lot of mud in the water, and I hope the situation gets resolved quickly, but what is clear is that the entire current SFRTA Executive Team needs to be replaced. • Hernandez Del Calvo failed to manage the agency’s capital development project (the station), failed to manage the public’s funds responsibly and, failed to notify the Board of the failures.communitynewspapers.com
Man using scooter dies after impact with Tri-Rail commuter train in Broward
A man who was using an electric motorized scooter died on Monday after an impact with a Tri-Rail commuter train in Fort Lauderdale. According to Sgt. Deanna Greenlaw, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the men was directly in the center of the tracks. Greenlaw said witnesses told officers that the rider of the scooter was in a rush heading west on Northwest Sixth Street. “Went underneath the guardrails that were in the downward position, with flashing red lights,” Greenlaw said.
Brightline and Tri-Rail may both roll in downtown Miami this year
Brightline and Tri-Rail may both roll in downtown Miami this yearWritten by Jesse Scheckner on February 16, 2021AdvertisementBrightline is targeting late 2021 to resume passenger trips at MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami, which by then could also host Tri-Rail. That includes adjusting its positive train control (PTC) system to welcome intercounty commuter line Tri-Rail onto its tracks. “We’ve taken advantage of this time to implement PTC technology and software, which requires a [Federal Railroad Administration] review,” Brightline spokesman Ben Porritt said. The PTC system aims to automatically stop trains to avoid derailments, collisions and work zone accidents. It takes six months to test and calibrate the PTC system.miamitodaynews.com
Tri-Rail reopens track after boat halued by truck hit gate
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Tri-Rail tracks were closed in both directions Thursday morning after a boat being hauled by a truck hit a gate on its way down in Dania Beach, rail officials said. Tri-Rail officials told Local 10 News that a pickup truck hauling a boat tried to beat a train at the crossing on Stirling Road at North 29th Avenue. A man who identified himself as the driver of the truck said he wasn’t trying to beat the train. The train did not hit the truck, officials say, but the boat hit the gate while it was on its way down. Tri-Rail used buses to get passengers to their destinations while the tracks were blocked.
Man hit by Tri-Rail train and killed in Oakland Park
Published: October 22, 2020, 7:11 am Updated: October 22, 2020, 10:05 amOAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Tri-Rail train early Thursday morning along Oakland Park Boulevard at NW 17th Terrace. The train was heading southbound when it hit the man, who died at the scene. About 50 passengers were on the train at the time, and Tri-Rail is busing them from the area. Eastbound traffic on West Oakland Park Boulevard was being diverted as Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators worked the scene. Tri-Rail also advised passengers that there will be delays.
Pedestrian fatally struck by Tri-Rail train in Oakland Park
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A Tri-Rail train fatally struck a male pedestrian Monday morning just north of Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Miranda Grossman confirmed to Local 10 News. According to Grossman, the accident occurred around 5 a.m.Sky 10 was above the scene just after 6 a.m. as the train had already moved from the area, however, investigators remained at the scene. Grossman said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene, as well as BSO homicide detectives and crime scene units. She said no passengers were on board the train at the time. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.
Historic South Florida train station was burned down by teen arsonists, city says
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue came to help, and it took about 30 units between the two to put the fire out. While firefighters attacked the flames, Delray Beach Police detectives got a hold of surveillance footage from a nearby business that showed the boys running, Moschella said.sun-sentinel.com
Super Bowl tri-county transit pass wont last long
Super Bowl tri-county transit pass wont last longWritten by Miami Today on January 28, 2020AdvertisementAfter months of planning, Miami-Dade transit officials on Friday announced a single mass transit pass linking from West Palm Beach to the Upper Florida Keys but only for the Super Bowl. Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr. was the key sponsor of the resolution to create the regional transit pass in time for the Super Bowl, with Commissioners Eileen Higgins and Jean Monestime as co-sponsors. The idea of a permanent tri-county transit pass format, not just for a single event, has been in the works awhile. Broward County Transit and Palm Tran have been working with Miami-Dade County and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority for years to create a regional pass, though Broward and Palm Beach counties transit organizations are not involved in this Super Bowl pass program. To get the GO Miami-Dade app and purchase the special Super Bowl period transit pass, the app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.miamitodaynews.com
FYI Miami: January 30, 2020
FYI Miami: January 30, 2020Written by Miami Today on January 28, 2020AdvertisementBelow are some of the FYIs in this weeks edition. The entire content of this weeks FYIs and Insider sections is available by subscription only. People in South Florida are appreciating more and more the role that public transportation plays in their lives, said Steven Abrams, SFRTA director. HOUSING PLAN WAITS: Miami commissioners last week acknowledged receipt of, rather than outright approving, the citys affordable housing masterplan, setting a special meeting to dig into the issue tomorrow (1/31). Commissioner Joe Carollo said the masterplan tilts toward the same train of thought of rental housing rather than homeownership.miamitodaynews.com
Brightline Is the Deadliest Train Per Mile in America, According to the AP
Yesterday, Brightline the high-speed commuter rail system connecting Miami to West Palm Beach debuted a series of train cars wrapped in Keith Haring artwork ahead of Miami Art Week. The Associated Press reports that Brightline, in which Richard Branson's company Virgin holds a minority stake and plans to rename "Virgin Trains USA," is the deadliest train system per mile in America. On January 17, 2018, for example, 51-year-old Jeffrey King tried to cross train tracks on a bicycle after the gates had closed. He was subsequently struck and killed by a Brightline train but labeled a trespasser in official reports. The train system has another incentive to take action: Last month, Gov.browardpalmbeach.com
WATCH LIVE: Multiple injuries following Tri-Rail accident in Oakland Park
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - Multiple people have been injured following two accidents in Oakland Park on Friday, including one involving a Tri-Rail train. In the first incident, a tractor-trailer hit the Tri-Rail train at the intersection. Following the train being hit, a pick-up truck hit a fuel line at the same intersection. The driver of the truck, along with three Tri-Rail passengers were seen being tended to by emergency personnel with non-life-threatening injuries. Passengers aboard the Tri-Rail are being kept on the train until the investigation is complete.
What we know about Isle Casinos massive expansion including a new Tri-Rail station
The board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates the Tri-Rail commuter line, has given its blessing to a new station near the proposed 230-acre redevelopment project at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in Pompano Beach. It would be situated on the CSX railroad right of way, which Tri-Rail trains use to carry commuters among cities in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.sun-sentinel.com
Tri-Rail train strikes pedestrian in Opa-locka
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - A Tri-Rail train struck a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon in Opa-locka, authorities confirmed. The incident was reported in the 1700 block of Ali Baba Avenue. Opa-locka police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene. The victim was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
No injuries reported after Tri-Rail train derails in Deerfield Beach
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – No one was injured Tuesday when a Tri-Rail train derailed in Deerfield Beach, a Tri-Rail spokesperson said. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials confirmed that the leading locomotive on the three-car train derailed from the tracks. The Tri-Rail spokesperson said about 200 passengers were evacuated from the train and were taken by bus to the Deerfield Beach station. Fire Rescue officials said the train was heading to Miami International Airport when the incident occurred. Tri-Rail passengers should expect delays through the afternoon.