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DOT secretly negotiating to privatize Tri-Rail and give to FL East Coast Rail

The state has been in secret talks to transfer the operations of the South Florida commuter rail line, Tri-Rail, to the Florida East Coast Railway, The Palm Beach Post has learned.

The FEC, owned by the $44 billion capital management firm Fortress Investment Group, wants to provide passenger service on its line, which cuts through downtowns along the southeast coast. Tri-Rail operates on the CSX Railway farther to the west.

Negotiations have been so quiet that even Tri-Rail board members have not been informed.

"This has been so cloak and dagger the way this is all working out," said Tri-Rail board Chairwoman Kristin Jacobs, a Broward County commissioner. "We’ve never had dealings with another public agency where we were not at the table." Story here.