A tracking app is scheduled for release to help mariners plan navigation interruptions caused by increased train traffic over the New River in Fort Lauderdale. The Brightline passenger rail trains run by Brightline and Florida East Coast Railroad opened the first leg of the high-speed service from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach in January. Test runs are also in progress from Fort Lauderdale to Miami.
These trains require the river bridge to be in a down position, which interrupts boat navigation to waterways, homes, marinas, shipyards, and other businesses on the river.
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida is working with Brightline and FEC to monitor impacts of the increased rail line traffic and members of the group are calling for infrastructure improvements, including a 45-foot or greater bascule bridge and a flyover road.
Stay tuned at this link for information to download the new app, which is expected sometime in March.