- Aug 24, 2003
In Fort Lauderdale several alternatives under consideration for the river crossing involve keeping the current track in place for freight while elevating the passenger tracks and build a new elevated Fort Lauderdale station. So in principle just because the passenger line with frequent service is elevated does not mean that freight has to run on it too. There is even a tunnel alternative.I think the problem is that most of the crossing accidents are not happening in the most densely populated areas, such as downtown Miami (where the line is already partially elevated) but are happening in low density car-dependent areas, where there is not really the same sort of economic case for elevation, due to the lower density of land utilization and value.
Furthermore, the FEC mainline is not there purely for Brightline, but also carries freight. Putting in elevated sections would lead to the line being much more of a roller coaster, as it goes onto and off viaduct sections as needed. A passenger train with a high power to weight ratio can probably deal with that but it could be crippling for a heavy freight train.