Stuart officials voice concerns about All Aboard Florida's impact on the railroad bridge

STUART, Fla. - We've been hearing complaints about All Aboard Florida for months.  Many people are concerned about the proposed high speed rail service which would run from Orlando to Miami.

All Aboard Florida contends the high-speed service would add jobs and make travel faster.  However, Stuart officials and people who live there worry about the cost and the toll it could take on Trestle Bridge.
  
The company that owns the railroad bridge says it takes about 2 minutes for it to lower, allow a train to pass and then to open back up. That company, Florida East Coast Railways, is also behind the project All Aboard Florida.
  
People who live here don't believe that time is correct.  They say it can sometimes take as long as 17 minutes.
 
"As a boater there are times where you're waiting there over an hour," says K.C. Traylor.
 
It's one of many concerns shared by Stuart officials. All Aboard Florida would add an additional 32 trains on railways each day.
 
"That would be an extreme restriction on maritime traffic," says Mayor Troy McDonald.
 
The Trestle Bridge crosses the St. Lucie River.  It's part of the Okeechobee waterway which crosses Florida connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
 
"This is our Panama Canal so to speak," says McDonald.

On Monday night, the city commission passed a resolution voicing its concern over restrictions, economic impact and wear and tear. The bridge was built in 1925.

"When you go under there's rust," says Traylor, "It's very old and we are concerned about the greater use of the bridge going up and down that many times every day."
 
Traylor started a petition against the project. So far Florida Not All Aboard has collected 16,000 signatures. 
  
On Monday, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to the president of All Aboard Florida. The letter requests the company be more sensitive to residents and give them more time to comment.


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