• Grade Crossing Wreck in Pompano Beach, 11-8-21

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This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Brightline, formerly All Aboard Florida and Virgin Trains USA:
Websites: Current Brightline
Virgin USA
Virgin UK

Moderator: CRail

  by BandA
 
Even those orange and reflecty plastic things that bend over when a car or Hi-Rail or wide load goes over it would help. From the edge of the ROW to near the tracks. Of course the RR would have to turn off any brush-cutters when going over such a crossing.
  by electricron
 
Grade crossing accidents are always going to happen when inattentive drivers drive through, around, and over signs, lights, and barriers. Golly, autos even end up on tracks where roads do not exist, or where there is a grade separation.
  by kitchin
 
Traffic engineering is made for solutions. About 79% of comments on, say the Reddit "gfycat" of the latest Ashland foul, are always sure to be castigating the driver.
  by GOLDEN-ARM
 
BandA wrote: Wed Nov 10, 2021 1:49 pm Need to idiot proof this by putting gates across the tracks that close when the intersection is open to car traffic, then open when the normal gates close.
don't hurt yourself coming up with these genius ideas.
  by kitchin
 
Merry xmas. The Brightline death count is at 51 (corrected). There are three grade crossings per mile in the section that runs now! Well, cars are dangerous too, and we ride them. South Florida is an interesting place, packed into the coastal strip. Julia Tuttle and the Brickells hoped Miami, a new city, would be a beacon of temperance and culture. By the time Prohibition came around, as a local option, then statewide, then national, the city of Miami was voting pro-booze. Sheriff Hardie spent a lot of time trying to "run down every blind tiger in the county" (windowless saloons and bootleggers). Tuttle convinced Henry Flagler to extend the FEC to Miami.

Motor vehicle deaths in the three South Florida counties Brightline serves totaled 871 just in 2020. Surprisingly if you've driven there, the statewide rate is higher (16 vs. 12, per 100,000). The population of the three counties comprises 29% of all of Florida. That's a good market for Brightline.
Last edited by kitchin on Sun Dec 26, 2021 7:00 am, edited 1 time in total.
  by Erie-Lackawanna
 
kitchin wrote: Sat Dec 25, 2021 9:50 am Merry xmas. The Brightline death count is at 501.
Um, no. Maybe 51?

Jim
  by kitchin
 
As far as motor vehicle deaths go, for completeness, it's worth noting statewide 20.9% of the population is over 65, and in the three counties the figure is 18.6%.