WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-21) called for a pause to Brightline’s expansion through Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, pending an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the recent deadly crash involving a Brightline train. 

“Brightline is already known as the nation’s deadliest train.  Just one day after the NTSB admitted that there are major safety concerns, two people lost their lives as a result of one of its trains,” said Rep. Mast.   “Something isn’t right here, and there needs to be assurances that this company is taking clear action to improve the safety of its operations before it’s allowed to come barrelling through our community.” 

In his letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Rep. Mast urged the agency to halt efforts to complete Brightline’s New Starts Checklist and Pre-Revenue Safety Validation Plan until the NTSB’s investigation is complete.

The full text of the letter can be read here