All Aboard Florida’s public forum for its express passenger rail service made a stop in Stuart Thursday night and FCAP’s Director of Business Relations, Richard Johns, was in attendance for a portion of the meeting.

According to an article published last night by the Palm Beach Post, the meeting in Stuart was one of the largest meetings to date in their public relations tour. “It was the fourth, and busiest so far, of eight draft environmental impact statement meetings for residents to learn more about the unprecedented train service from Miami to Orlando that will operate on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks,” writes Kimberly Miller.

Johns attended the meeting in an effort to gather information on the impact of All Aboard Florida on community associations along the route of the rail service which will serve Floridians from Miami to Orlando with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

The reaction in the room of over 700 residents was mixed with a majority opposing the rail service and its impact on boat traffic along waterways of Treasure Coast communities.

Those in favor of the express rail service see it as an economic boost of over $6 billion for the state’s economy.

Four public meetings remain on the All Aboard Florida environmental report tour.

  • Nov. 5, 3:30 – 7 p.m., Indian River State College, Richardson Hall, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach
  • Nov. 6, 3:30 – 7 p.m., Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St Lucie
  • Nov. 12, 3:30 – 7 p.m., Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa
  • Nov. 13, 3:30 – 7 p.m. Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive, 800 International Drive, Orlando