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Too many questions remain on train's safety, viability

Too many questions remain on train's safety, viability

When All Aboard Florida executives unveiled their project, they presented it as a high-speed train that would be built on their own property at their own expense. It was explained to me that it would not require any government approvals, endanger any of my constituents or put the taxpayers on the hook for another federally funded failure. Turns out these selling points were too good to be true. It wasn't long before AAF's proponents asked me to sign a letter to the secretary of transportation endorsing the project as they pursued a $1.6 billion loan from the Federal Railroad Administration's Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program. Of the 35 loans that...

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