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project linking West Palm Beach and Miami.
In November 2014, BoatU.S. submitted regulatory comments to the FRA, and engaged
BoatU.S. members to express their concerns
about navigation obstruction, as well as suggesting alternate plans that could reduce the
traffic and drawbridge closures.
BoatU.S. Government Affairs contacted
AAF representatives to get more answers
about the following: 1) why AAF isn’t pursuing the option that would put the path of the
trains west of two of the bascule bridges; 2)
how AAF estimates of potential ridership were
estimated; 3) whether any of the new intermo-dal stations are being developed with federal
funding or loan guarantees; and 4) what types
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GovernMen T AffAirS:
■ BoatU.S. submitted comment to the
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
on behalf of recreational boaters
■ BoatU.S. represented recreational
boaters at the Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway Association Annual Meeting
For more, see www.BoatUS.com/Gov
of full-time jobs will be created in the 10,000
number AAF estimates between 2014 and
2016. The spokesman for AAF would not
address these questions, but did provide the
following statement, “All Aboard Florida has
been working and meeting with the stake-
holders from the marine industry since the
project’s inception in an effort to understand
their concerns and identify solutions that
would allow both marine and rail to co-exist.
AFF is committed to working with the marine
industry and has already taken major steps to
address their concerns ... We remain commit-
ted to working with all stakeholders as the
The Coast Guard is charged by law with
providing reasonably free, safe, and unob-
structed passage for waterborne traffic, and
has the final say on how the navigational
impacts must be managed. The USCG sur-
veyed boaters in late 2014, held public
meetings on this issue in November, and pro-
vided their findings to the FRA. We’ll report
on the final regulatory rulings results in an
upcoming issue, or check www.BoatUS.com/
Gov for the latest developments on the AAF,
expected in early 2015.
Nicole Palya Wood is a member of our BoatU.S.
Government Affairs team.
This bridge on the new river has only four feet of airflow when closed and has
regular currents up to 4. 5 knots.