House bill that could delay Brightline gets pulled out of subcommittee
A proposed Florida House bill that would give local governments and the state additional authority to regulate Brightline was pulled from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee’s meeting on March 28.
The proposed bills, HB 269 and SB 386, which the Senate bill was approved on March 21, focus on safety measures for high-speed passenger trains. Although it doesn’t specifically mention Brightline, Coral Gables-based parent company M2E Client, All Aboard Florida said it is being targeted due to the bill applying to any new passenger rail system that operates or proposes to operate its passenger trains at a maximum speed in excess of 80 miles per hour on or after July 1, 2017, Orlando Business Journal previously reported.
If the proposed bills were to become law, the high-speed passenger rail systems may include positive train-control technology to prevent collisions, remote health monitoring, fencing in certain areas and more.
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