Officials Discuss Railway Safety After 2 Brightline Deaths

Florida transportation officials want to make sure pedestrians know how to stay safe around railroad tracks after two people were killed in one week after being struck by the new Brightline train.

Officials with Brightline, Florida East Coast Railway, SFRTA, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency and Broward Metropolitan Planning Agency held a press conference Friday in Boca Raton to discuss safety around trains.

“Brightline is committed to equipping the general public with the knowledge necessary to stay safe around not just Brightline tracks, but all train tracks,” the company said in a statement.

On Wednesday, a 51-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach. Last Friday, a 32-year-old woman was struck and killed by the train, also in Boynton Beach.