After a dozen years of dodging hurricanes, Irma struck on September 10. At one point, Irma was predicted to be a category 5 storm, threatening to decimate South Florida. Although the worst of the storm passed us, it was significant enough to shut down service for a week during pre-storm preparations and post-storm recovery.
After a series of conference calls with senior management, lead contractors and other users of the corridor, it was determined to shut down service the Friday before the storm was scheduled to strike to enable workers to secure the gates to minimize damage. This was accomplished in a record 8 hours.
Notifications about the service suspension were distributed to the media, posted to Tri-Rail’s website and social media pages, as well as on the 800 line. Unfortunately, a critical tool for communicating was also impacted by the storm. The Wednesday after the storm, the phones at the Headquarters, including Customer Service, stopped functioning due to an AT&T problem with power to the local box. This problem impacted more than 800 businesses in the area. Members of the IT department literally worked around the clock with AT&T to resolve the issue.
The most visible impact from the storm were the miles and miles of trees laying across the tracks. The most critical impediment to the resumption of service was an invisible one, however. There was no commercial power along the entire corridor. Without power, signals and crossing gates can’t function, stations will be dark at night and present a safety hazard, and communication systems will be silent.
Finally, power was restored late Thursday and SFRTA could begin to run test trains. Another issue that needed to be addressed was rust on the tracks. Few people are aware that within a few days, rust can accumulate if no trains are operating. The most effective means of removing rust is to run heavy freight trains over it, which is why people might have seen freight service trains before Tri-Rain was able to run.
Service was restored the Saturday after the storm, with trains successfully operating on a weekend schedule with relatively few delays. The SFRTA is grateful to passengers for their patience during what we know caused great inconvenience for them. As always, we put the safety of our passengers and employees first and we did not resume service until we were sure that priority had been met.
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Broward County Attorney Appointed To SFRTA Governing Board
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has named Robert C.L. Vaughan to the Governing Board of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Mr. Vaughan will serve as the County’s business representative on the Board.
Mr. Vaughan is a partner in the law firm of Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP. He focuses his practice on commercial and international litigation, product liability and alternative dispute resolution. He represents clients in the U.S. state and federal courts and in matters pending before courts in the Caribbean. Mr. Vaughan is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for professional excellence. He has successfully handled multi-million dollar jury trials, class action litigation and multidistrict litigation, and has represented numerous domestic and international clients through verdict and dispositive pre-trial hearings.
Among his numerous honors and recognitions are Florida and Nationwide Super Lawyers 2011-2015, South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer 2014 to the present, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2007 to present and Chambers USA, Florida Litigation 2014 to present. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association, a member of the National Bar Association, a Director of the Caribbean Bar Association Foundation, a former Board Member of the NYU Law Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni, and a Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee.
Born in Jamaica, he attended the University of the West Indies and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from which he holds a B.A., in Political Science and International Studies, graduating cum laude. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and Legal Education Certificate at UWI, Norman Manley School of Law.
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South Florida Kids Got Talent
Kids 5-17 years of age are invited to audition as we search for the best young singers in South Florida. Only a few will compete for a $500 grand prize during
Tri-Rail’s “Rail Fun Day,” a free family event on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
To schedule your audition by Wednesday, November 15, call 954.446.0813.
For more information, visit www.tri-rail.com.
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