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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Florida: Virgin Trains gives updates on both its planned routes in Orlando

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; June 14, 2019 Miami-based Virgin Trains USA presented additional info to the…

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California: Why shouldn’t we give up on high-speed rail? Because it can transform Valley and state

By The Editorial Board, The Fresno Bee; June 13, 2019 In today’s heated political climate, it is easy to lose…

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Florida: Indian River Neighborhood Association joins county in lawsuit against Virgin Trains

By Colleen Wixon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 11, 2019 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Indian River Neighborhood Association has joined the…

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Japan’s ‘supreme’ bullet train aims to impress Texas with speed

By SAKI HAYASHI, Nikkei Staff Writer, Nikkei Asian Review; June 8, 2019 TOKYO — Central Japan Railway, also known as…

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Las Vegas officials eye linking downtown to proposed high-speed rail

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; May 24, 2019 A $7 billion high-speed rail line slated to connect Las Vegas…

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Trump administration cancels $929 million contract for California bullet train

By Tony Bizjak, Bryan Anderson, and Tim Sheehan, The Sacramento Bee; May 16, 2019 In a dramatic move, the Trump…

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Japan Begins Testing Electric, 249-MPH Bullet Train Named ‘ALFA-X’

By James Gilboy, The Drive; May 15, 2019 The East Japan Railway Company (EJRC) is testing a new high-speed “shinkansen,”…

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High-speed rail in the U.S. has new promise, and new pitfalls

By Patrick Sisson, Curbed; May 3, 2019 During a press conference last month to announce that his multifaceted Virgin brand…

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On California high-speed rail project, Newsom to scale back consultants but push ahead

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times; May 1, 2019 The California bullet train authority, despite spiraling cost increases, schedule delays…

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Costs for California’s high-speed rail project may increase by $1.8 billion

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times; April 30, 2019 The cost of building a 119-mile section of the California bullet…

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Japan: Passengers stuck in packed bullet trains due to power outage

From Japan Today; April 28, 2019 Bullet train services between Tokyo and Niigata resumed Sunday, the second day of Japan’s…

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Politico Morning Transportation: Can private funding save high speed rail?

FAA reopens comments on 737 MAX training report By SAM MINTZ, With help from Tanya Snyder, Politico Morning Transportation; April…

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Richard Branson seeking tie-ins to Las Vegas hotel, planned train

By Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal; April 13, 2019 Richard Branson, whose Virgin Group brand is expected to have…

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Texas: High-speed rail proposed from Houston to Dallas raises hopes and doubts

By Mayra Cruz, Staff Writer, Houston Chronicle; April 11, 2019 The high-speed rail project that is intended to take travelers…

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Update on the California Bullet Train

By Boris Lipkin; Streetsblog San Francisco; April 11, 2019 As Mark Twain might have said had he witnessed the past…

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Opinion: Amtrak isn’t working. Could private rail do better?

By Nick Zaiac, Washington Examiner; April 11, 2019 The story of rate regulation, decline, nationalization and privatization of passenger rail…

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Florida’s Indian River County files appeal of federal lawsuit regarding Virgin Trains’ sale of tax-free bonds

By Colleen Wixon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; April 10, 2019 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county officially filed its appeal of…

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Richard Branson Hypnotized Me and Stole My Watch

By Laine Doss, Miami New Times; April 5, 2019 It’s about 5 p.m. and Richard Branson is visibly tired.  The…

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Florida Development Finance Corp. approves $950M in bonds for Virgin Trains USA’s Orlando-to-Miami route

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; April 5, 2019 Virgin Trains USA just received a big boost for…

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Virgin Trains plans to link with Disney World, SunRail at same time as Orlando International Airport

By Kevin Spear, Reporter, Orlando Sentinel; April 4, 2019 The train that will run from South to Central Florida is…

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Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Trains USA locks up funding for Orlando leg

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; April 4, 2019 Virgin Trains USA on April 4 announced its $2.3…

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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 trains often seem empty. Is it a sign of trouble, or just growing pains?

Editor’s Note: The story below is representative of reporting on a new passenger rail project when neither the report nor…

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High speed trains get set for Illinois — but not in Peoria

By Steve Tarter, Journal Star; March 30, 2019 PEORIA — When high-speed rail finally takes off in Illinois, Peorians will…

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