U.S., Pennsylvania: Editorial | Amtrak ridership boost spotlights need for more passenger rail service

An Editorial From The Tribune-Democrat; September 26, 2020 The news that Johnstown is among the most popular stops along Amtrak’s…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline Still On Track To Orlando After Branson’s Departure

By Paul Scicchitano, Staff, Patch; September 26, 2020 AVENTURA, FL — Weeks after decoupling its relationship with billionaire businessman Richard…

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U.S., South Florida: Brightline close to county deal on commuter tracks. Next up: Fights over stations

By Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald; September 24, 2020 Miami-Dade’s transit arm is moving closer to a tax-funded deal to bring…

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U.S.: Efforts to restore passenger rail in southern Montana, Northern Rockies gain momentum

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current; September 18, 2020 When the Big Sky Passenger Rail Summit kicked off in Missoula on…

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U.S.: Montana delegation, governor lend support for passenger rail across southern tier

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current; September 17, 2020 Most of Montana’s congressional delegation signaled their support for the Big Sky…

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U.S., Montana: All aboard: Summit reflects support for passenger rail through Montana’s biggest towns

By Kim Briggeman, Missoulian; September 17, 2020 A county-driven passenger rail authority, the first concrete step toward restoring passenger rail…

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U.S., Nevada: Fortress Delays Record $4.2 Billion Vegas-Train Bond Sale

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; September 21, 2020 (Bloomberg) — The company that wants to build a high-speed train…

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U.S., Florida: High-speed rail operator Brightline is in talks with Tampa developer Darryl Shaw for a potential station near Ybor City

By Veronica Brezina-Smith and Ashley Gurbal Kritzer, Tampa Bay Business Journal; September 15, 2020 High-speed rail operator Brightline is in…

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U.S.: California’s scaled-back high-speed rail plan faces doubts amid financial crunch

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times (TNS), Herald-Mail Media; September 10, 2020 LOS ANGELES — It was just last year…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline construction among first in the nation to use innovative box-jacking

A press release via RT&S Magazine; September 1, 2020 When Brightline Trains embarks on jacking a precast concrete box under…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Eyes Building Two Phases of Las Vegas Rail Concurrently

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg Quint; September 3, 2020 (Bloomberg) — The company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds plans…

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U.S.: Colorado Department Of Transportation Projection Suggests A Front Range Train Would Carry 3 Million Passengers A Year

By Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio News; August 31, 2020 A passenger rail line stretching nearly 200 miles between Fort…

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U.S.: Fortress Wins California Approval for Vegas Rail Reimbursement

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; August 26, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds…

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U.S., Central Florida – SunRail wrinkle: Florida Department Of Transportation informs Volusia, partners it may yet build DeLand extension

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; August 26, 2020 Once there was a will but not enough money. Now…

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Central America: Mexico rolling on with prolific portfolio of passenger rail projects

From Bnamericas; August 21, 2020 Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) passenger railway portfolio could eventually include more than…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline replacing rusting downtown Melbourne train bridge with twin steel bridges

By Rick Neale, Florida Today; August 21, 2020 Like an enormous piston belching blue smoke, a pile driver is noisily pounding…

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U.S.: High-Speed Rail Heats Up In California As Brightline Eyes Las Vegas Route Extensions

By Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Staff; August 22, 2020 Brightline, the sole private passenger rail service in the U.S., has a…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Eyes More Debt for Las Vegas Rail Still to Be Built

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; August 21, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds…

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Canada, Alberta Opinion: Take Alberta back to the future by expanding passenger rail service

By Jacquie Fenske, Edmonton Journal; August 13, 2020 To empower our communities, unite our province, and grow our economy, Alberta…

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U.S., Florida, Nevada, California: Fortress Debt Sale for Vegas Train Sees Bond Market Skeptics

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; August 13, 2020 (Bloomberg) — During the municipal-debt market’s pre-pandemic boom days, investors poured…

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U.S., Montana: ‘Breadth of representation’ a good start for Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current; August 9, 2020 Late last year, Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier sat in a coffee…

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U.S., Montana: Butte-Silver Bow becomes third county to formally join passenger rail effort

By Mike Smith, Montana Standard; August 6, 2020 Butte-Silver Bow has officially joined a multi-county authority to help facilitate and…

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U.S., Massachusetts: MassDOT Multiplies Ridership Forecasts, Narrows Alternatives for East-West Rail

By Christian MilNeil, Streetsblog MASS; August 5, 2020 MassDOT has dramatically increased ridership projections and shortlisted three final service alternatives…

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U.S., Minnesota: Northstar route to St. Cloud could take up to 7 years, cost more than $250 million

By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times; August 5, 2020 ST. PAUL — It may cost between $36 million and $257 million…

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U.S., Pennsylvania: What would it take to bring passenger trains back to Reading? A new study tries to answer that question

By Holly Herman, Reading Eagle; August 3, 2020 John P. Weidenhammer has fond memories as a young boy of boarding…

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