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For Immediate Release:
March 22, 2017
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Loreta Sanchez

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Miami-Dade County Commissioners pass motion opposing SB 386

Commission votes 10-0 to oppose a bill designed to block private rail connecting South Florida with Orlando


MIAMI – Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously passed a motion Tuesday to oppose Senate Bill 386, a piece of legislation moving through the Legislature in Tallahassee that would negatively impact rail service from South Florida to Orlando.

Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, also Miami-Dade County’s representative on the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority board, offered the motion, which directed the County’s lobbyists to oppose SB 386 and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to notify the Dade Delegation in the state legislature of the County’s opposition to this bill. The motion passed by a 10-0 vote.

SB 386, known as the High-Speed Rail Passenger Safety Act, was sponsored by State Senator Debbie Mayfield of the Treasure Coast region. The legislation could effectively kill the partnership between All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project and South Florida’s Tri-Rail, thereby jeopardizing the future expansion of the commuter rail system on the northeast corridor, and stifling any rail connection from South Florida to Orlando and beyond.

"Brightline has already created hundreds of jobs and spurred significant economic impact in our county,” said Commissioner Barreiro. “This private express passenger rail service is set to connect Miami-Dade with Central Florida in an unprecedented way, bringing with it new tourism opportunities, less congestion on our roads and a new affordable way to travel. Any effort to undermine or block this important transportation progress and additional transportation projects like Tri-Rail from happening, including SB 386, must be stopped."