Yesterday, House Bill 269, sponsored by Representative MaryLynn Magar, was temporarily postponed in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. The bill would establish a statewide framework for dealing with safety and maintenance costs associated with high-speed rail.
State Representative Magar made the following statement regarding the bill:
“This bill would have clarified that the costs associated with crossing upgrades and maintenance is the responsibility of the rail company, not state or local governments.
“All Aboard Florida calls this a ‘privately funded project,’ yet the project is shifting the costs of required safety upgrades and maintenance of their rail system to the local governments. Indian River and Martin County’s fiscal impact study found the costs of safety upgrades in the millions of dollars, and all of these costs are to be borne by the taxpayers throughout the life of the All Aboard Florida system.
“Although this bill has been temporarily postponed, my co-sponsors and I will continue to work with stakeholders, constituents, and fellow legislators to move this issue forward.
“It is unfortunate that All-Aboard Florida says that this legislation will kill jobs. This bill simply asks that All-Aboard Florida pay for their rail system and not place the burden on the backs of local governments and the taxpayers of Florida.”
About MaryLynn Magar for State Representative
MaryLynn Magar was first elected in 2012 and represents District 82 in the Florida House of Representatives. She is Vice President and General Manager of HeartCare Imaging, Inc. She is the former Republican State Committeewoman in Martin County and has been a member of the Martin County Republican Executive Committee since 1993. She was active in the campaign efforts for Jeb Bush for Governor and George W. Bush for President. Within her community, Magar is a Eucharistic Minister for St. Jude Catholic Church and is Team Mom for Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association. Magar lives in Tequesta with her daughter, Samantha, and husband, Bob, who is President and CEO of HeartCare Imaging, Inc., and a board member of Florida Atlantic University.
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