Realtors group skeptical of All Aboard Florida benefits

A rendering of All Aboard Florida
A rendering of All Aboard Florida

While many in South Florida eagerly await passenger rail service connecting Miami to Orlando, at least one group of realtors have misgivings about the $1.5 billion All Aboard Florida project.

William Hall, president of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors, worries that communities in the downtowns areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, stand little to gain from the rail service, while baring the brunt of the negative impacts, according to WLRN.

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“Some of those trains run 30 minutes and can tie up two or three crossings at a time. Those are things that communities like Jupiter, Stuart or Lake Worth all have to deal with on top of paying for the cost of trying to mitigate some of the noise effects that these trains are going to generate,” Hall said.

Hall added that ultimately, disruptions caused by the train would lead to a decrease in home values. In a statement, All Aboard Florida said that it is working closely with communities to mitigate any potential problems. [WLRN]Christopher Cameron