South Florida: Train service eases stress for West Palm Beach commuters

By Tony Doris, The Palm Beach Post; July 12, 2019 WEST PALM BEACH — Mabel Melton, a longtime Miami-Dade County…

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South Florida: Virgin Trains USA reports 244,000 riders in first quarter of 2019

By Scott Powers, Florida Politics; July 3, 2019 Virgin Trains USA’s private passenger trains carried 244,178 riders between Miami, Fort…

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Congressmen seek longer comment period for LNG-by-rail permit request

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; July 1, 2019 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and U.S. Rep. Tom…

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Virgin Trains’ Orlando, Florida leg underway as railroad eyes expansions to Tampa, Las Vegas

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 24, 2019 ORLANDO — As construction of a 125 mph passenger railroad,…

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Virgin Trains beginning an important link between Miami and Orlando today | Commentary

By CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, Orlando Sentinel; June 24, 2019 This is an exciting time for Orlando and Miami as Virgin…

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Virgin Trains: Expansion to Orlando is underway through Florida’s Treasure and Space coasts

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 21, 2019 As Virgin Trains USA gears up for a ceremonial groundbreaking…

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Virgin’s Brightline train dreams are going to be derailed | Opinion

Editor’s Note: The author of this opinion piece, Carl Hiaasen, is a decades-long, well-respected marquee columnist for the Miami Herald.…

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Virgin Trains in Central Florida will leave highway traffic in the ‘dust’

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel; June 17, 2019 When Virgin trains begin service from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach…

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Federal Railroad Administration awards grants for CREATE project, rail upgrades in Florida and Michigan

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; June 12, 2019 The Florida Department of Transportation will receive a $17 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure…

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Florida: Virgin Trains kicks off work on rail line to link Orlando to Miami

From The South Florida Sun Sentinel; May 21, 2019 Virgin Trains USA started work Tuesday on its long-awaited rail line…

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Florida: More people rode Virgin’s Brightline train in March. Are 2019 goals now in reach?

By Rob Wile, Miami Herald; April 24, 2019 Ridership on Virgin’s express train may finally be on track to meet…

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Florida: Virgin Trains finally set to launch construction of West Palm Beach-to-Orlando link

By Rob Wile, Miami Herald; April 19, 2019 Virgin announced Friday it is finally set to build its West Palm…

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Richard Branson’s new high-speed train links luxe condos in Florida

By Christopher Cameron, New York Post; April 18, 2019 Virgin Trains USA — South Florida’s new express-train service, a collab…

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Fort Pierce vs. Stuart: Which Florida Treasure Coast city is best fit for Virgin Trains station?

By Keona Gardner, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; April 18, 2019 It’s been eight months since Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline,…

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Billionaire Richard Branson visits South Florida to rebrand Brightline as Virgin Trains (Photos)

By Brian Bandell, Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal; April 4, 2019 Billionaire Richard Branson visited South Florida on Thursday…

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Florida: Brightline says it’s ready to build its Orlando extension, requests $950M in bonds

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida, Miami Herald; March 2, 2019 Brightline rail service largely drew praise from businesses,…

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Florida Treasure Coast safety group vows to keep up the battle as Virgin Trains’ Phase 2 expansion gets closer

By Colleen Wixon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; February 26, 2019 VERO BEACH — St. Lucie Village resident Anne Sinnott, who travels…

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Florida: Officials ponder Volusia, Flagler county’s transportation problems

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; February 26, 2019 DAYTONA BEACH — For an hour Monday, 125 government and…

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Brightline/Virgin Trains USA: Express train firm hints at Jacksonville, Florida

By Mark Basch, Contributing Writer, Jacksonville Daily Record; February 14, 2019 The Basch Report: Some jobs safe in SunTrust, BB&T…

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Florida’s Indian River County again sues Virgin Trains USA, this time over rail-crossing maintenance

By Colleen Wixon, Treasure Coat Newspapers, TCPalm.com; January 16, 2019 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county has filed another lawsuit fighting…

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Florida: Indian River County will file new lawsuit against Virgin Trains, seek to avoid crossing-maintenance costs

By Lisa Broadt, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; December 11, 2018 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county is poised to sue…

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Grant Could Help Bring Passenger Rail to Downtown Jacksonville, Florida; Ease San Marco Train Woes

By Bill Delaney, WJCT; September 12, 2018 Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and…

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Florida: Jacksonville Transportation Authority laying groundwork for downtown passenger rail

By Will Robinson, Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal; Aug 31, 2018 Nat Ford, CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, notified the…

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Despite ‘disaster risk,’ trains haul highly flammable gas cargo across South Florida

Editor’s Note: Railroad public relations executives often have to deal with near-hysterical stories in all types of news media, most…

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No easy fix to collisions between trains, people seeking to end lives

By Jeff Ostrowski, Staff Writer, Palm Beach Post; July 27, 2018 In a dark twist for a shiny new attempt…

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