All Aboard Florida submitted the
But since filing the application, the request has decreased, according to All Aboard Florida.
"As we have publicly stated, our current pending ... loan request is for
The two loan documents totaling 189 pages obtained by Scripps lay out All Aboard Florida's plan to run 32 passenger trains along the
The loan request is split into two parts: The company requested
Nearly all other financial information in the documents, however, was redacted. Under federal law, documents that would disclose trade secrets can be withheld from public records requests.
But the documents did reveal new information.
All Aboard Florida's passenger rail and
Infrastructure improvements could allow for a greater volume of freight trains running at "somewhat higher speeds within the 128.5-mile corridor between
The company said in the application it plans to upgrade its freight and passenger tracks from Class 4 -- the most common mainline track in
As a Class 6, freight and passenger could run at speeds up to 110 mph, though that's unlikely for freight, according to
Freight currently moves somewhere between 45 to 60 mph but with the rail upgrades those speeds could rise to about 70 mph, Ledoux said.
"But there aren't any passengers sitting there waiting for the train," he said. "Going faster doesn't necessarily benefit us."
All Aboard Florida's capacity models have "assumed operation of additional freight trains to accommodate the future freight growth," according to the loan request, and needed improvements to track and signal infrastructure are planned.
Freight will continue to run as passenger rail is built and upgraded, according to the loan application.
Other previously unknown and updated information:
--The environmental impact statement is nearly one year behind the schedule suggested by All Aboard Florida in the loan application. The document -- a highly anticipated report expected to answer many remaining questions about All Aboard Florida -- was scheduled for draft release in
--All Aboard will have 10 train sets with eight in service and two in the Orlando Maintenance Facility. Trains will rotate through service. Each train will consist of two locomotives, two business cars, one cafÉ/economy car and four economy/coach cars.
Federal law allowed All Aboard to flag any information that would disclose trade secrets or that contained certain confidential financial information. The
Among the redacted information was:
--A ridership study, intended to determine whether the project will "meet existing needs for such service."
--All Aboard Florida's financial model.
--Its business plan.
--A description of the collateral it will put up for the loan, though documents previously obtained by
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As part of its continuing coverage of All Aboard Florida's plans for high-speed rail through the
After seven phone calls and two emails, Scripps received the documents in the mail
Most financial information was redacted.
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