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All Aboard Florida costs worry local governments

Rail crossings could close some roads
May 16, 2014 03:00PM

All Aboard Florida

All Aboard Florida

New downtown passenger train service from Orlando to South Florida could cost locals more than they expect.

Local governments will have to spend more to maintain rail crossings in their communities and some may close crossings to cars to save money.

“I am very concerned about the road closures. What happens if I need an ambulance and trains are blocking the tracks?” Broward County resident Elizabeth Fulford asked. “If they close the smaller crossings, how will this affect the police and fire.”

For instance, plans have been announced to close several roads in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, according to the Miami Herald.

“We are working with the city staffs to determine the appropriate traffic mitigation measures, like perimeter roads,” All Aboard Florida staff wrote in an e-mail. [Miami Herald]Christopher Cameron