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.
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