All Aboard Florida – Operations LLC (AAF) is proposing to construct and operate a privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad system that will connect Orlando and Miami, with intermediate stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida. AAF is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), one of Florida's oldest and largest transportation, infrastructure, and commercial real estate companies. AAF proposes to construct a new 40-mile dedicated rail corridor parallel to Florida State Road 528 connecting to the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway, which has supported freight and/or passenger service on a continuous basis for more than 100 years. The Project also includes infrastructure improvements to the existing rail corridor between Cocoa and West Palm Beach.
This new proposed construction is part of a larger AAF passenger rail project designed to provide safe, convenient travel to and from Florida’s most highly trafficked commercial, entertainment, and recreational destinations. The initial phase of the Project consists of a new passenger rail service with independent utility along the 66.5 miles of the FEC Corridor connecting West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and including three stations and associated infrastructure improvements. AAF is currently proposing to extend that service to Orlando. The total Project will consist of a 235 mile intercity passenger rail service with an anticipated three-hour travel time. AAF would be responsible for financing the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the passenger rail system.
The initial phase of the Project was the subject of a separate Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) issued in early 2013. To the extent that actions have not changed since the EA was completed, the West Palm Beach to Miami segment is not evaluated by FRA as part of the proposed action that is the subject of the EIS. The FRA is the lead agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process for the Project. FRA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register on April 15, 2013. The Draft EIS will be published in early 2014 for public review and comment. Information and documents regarding the EIS process will be made available through the FRA website and the AAF website at http://www.allaboardflorida.com/ .