Brightline: To Expand, Or Not To Expand? That's (Tonight's) Question

The fight over the new, high speed Brightline train is alive and well.  

Members of the group "Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida" are expected to give a presentation at Tueday night's town council meeting in Jupiter.

 In 2015, the town voted to oppose issuing the bonds needed to make additions to the FEC railroad tracks that will allow All Aboard Florida's high speed rail line to eventually run 32 trains each day from Miami to Orlando.  Right now, it runs from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, and is expected to expand to Miami later this year.  

The trains run about 79 miles per hour, but would move as fast as 125 miles per hour once it's north of Palm Beach County.  

Jupiter leaders say Brightline presents "risks that are unacceptable," while providing no residents to the town.  

Brightline officials argue the project will create jobs and boost tax revenue to local municipalities.  

Tuesday's town council meeting is open to the public and gets underway at 7 p.m.

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