Congressman wants new high-speed rail line shut down for safety review


BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A congressman whose district includes the Brightline passenger rail route called on the private company Thursday to shutter its rail line until flaws in safety are fixed.

On Wednesday, just hours after bicyclist Jeffrey King, 51, of Boynton Beach pedaled around crossing gates and tried to beat the high-speed train, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., asked federal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to launch an investigation into the safety of higher-speed railroad crossings.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., approached his concerns from a different angle Thursday.

“Stop victim blaming and take responsibility for the fact that your trains are killing people,” Mast tweeted Thursday morning. “Trains should stop running until massive safety flaws are resolved.”

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