I had intended to take a look at the myths which the Canaveral Port Authority claims are being spread in reference to its controversial commercial rail proposal. But in conducting research into the Port's plan and the responses from cooperating agencies during scoping, It appears that the CPA has been spinning a few yarns of its own.
First there was Port CEO John Walsh's assertion during last week's public meeting that no fill would be involved in the construction of the railway.
A review of the Port's detailed plans and subsequent response to the NSTB's request for supplemental information showed that in fact — in the Port's own words — all four of its preferred alternatives involve fill. See that video and post here.
Now this gem: John Walsh says during the April 30th public information meeting that it's his hope that trains would run during daylight hours.
Unfortunately the key player in all four of the Port's favored alternatives — NASA — has a different idea. In a scoping statement submitted to the NSTB on Jan. 9, 2015, Don Dankert, Acting KSC Lead for Environmental Planning said "It is our [NASA's] position that the operation of the proposed rail would be permitted on KSC between sunset and sunrise, any day of the week..."
Succinct. Un-ambiguous. Self-evident.
Call it what you want, but its the polar opposite of daylight hours.
See the complete scoping statement, which also implies restrictions of no more than three trains per week, while also addressing speed and train length. That doesn't seem to jibe with the CPA's estimates of growth.
It wasn't included on the CPA's Port Canaveral Rail Extension Myths vs. Facts.