All Aboard Florida has gone to court to block public release of its most sensitive information, its financial and ridership projections.
The railroad filed a lawsuit last month in Tallahassee, naming the Florida Department of Transportation, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. It wants a judge to block the three agencies from releasing its ridership and revenue study, which contains passenger, financial information and more.
The lawsuit also names Orlando real estate developer Matthew Falconer. Using Florida’s public-records law, Falconer had asked FDOT and the two Orlando agencies to release a raft of documents, including All Aboard Florida’s ridership and revenue study; its $1.5 billion federal loan application; plans for the intermodal terminal at Orlando International Airport; and details of its corridor along state Route 582, the Beachline Expressway, between Cocoa and Orlando.
Falconer also wants all documents involving “the potential purchase of the Florida East Coast Industry rail lines in southeast Florida by any government entity” and documents “on the use of taxpayer funds for the improvement of the Florida East Coast Industry rail line or potential subsidy of the rail service,” according to All Aboard Florida’s lawsuit.