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The Truth about Brightline...

Here's the real story - Now tell us what you think…

1. They say:      After 32 deaths in less than 2 years, their equipment wasn’t at fault.  In fact, they claim safety is their top priority.

THE TRUTH:  The real fault is they don’t have enough equipment!  Experts say they need to install more fencing, pedestrian bridges and barriers like other systems around the country.

With 32 trains per day going over 100 mph from West Palm to Orlando, do you believe they will endanger even more lives and damage our communities?
2. They say:     Brightline trains are safer than cars.

THE TRUTH:  Comparing the number of cars on the road and car miles to Brightline train miles, Brightline is far more deadly.  Their trains are 22.3 times more likely to have an accident.

Do you think there should be more pedestrian and vehicle Safety Features on the entire route to Orlando?
3. They say:      Higher speed trains sharing tracks with freight trains are totally safe.

THE TRUTH:  At least 3 freight rail companies believe strongly that trains running 110 mph should NOT share tracks with freight.  They include Union Pacific, Conrail and CSX in New York State.

Brightline’s sister corporation plans to put Liquefied Natural Gas in tanker cars on the tracks with passenger trains going 110 mph.  Do you think this should be allowed?
4. They say:     They are using only private money.

THE TRUTH:  Taxpayers are paying for:  train stations, replacing dangerous bridges, land, train police, annual crossing maintenance fees, retrofitting roadways and tax-subsidized bonds.

Do you think taxpayers should be paying millions of local, state and federal dollars for the deadly Brightline system?
5. They say:      They are doing everything required to make their trains safe.

THE TRUTH:  There have been 98 deaths on Florida’s track in less than 2 years and over half were on the FEC coastal corridor - 32 by Brightline, 25 by Florida East Coast freight.

Is it time Governor DeSantis supported Rail Safety Legislation?
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Thank you for answering this brief survey!  If you'd like to share more thoughts, email us at  You can lean more about the problems with Brightline by going to our website and our Facebook page - Alliance for Safe Trains.