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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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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Passenger rail grows in Florida, as the state grapples with congested roads

By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor, Progressive Railroading Magazine; June 2019 In January, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)…

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Virgin Trains USA called ‘transformative’ for Florida cruise industry

By Anne Kalosh, Editor, Seatrade Cruise News; May 30, 2019 Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) today hosted a congressional staff…

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Central Florida’s SunRail at 5: Ridership for commuter train is growing, but will it ever run to DeLand?

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; May 25, 2019 Deltona resident Anne Semmons started using SunRail on her daily…

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Central Florida: The Polar Express Christmas train is returning for a third season to Tavares on the Royal Palm Railway Experience

By Jerry Fallstrom, Orlando Sentinel; May 22, 2019 TAVARES — Train lovers were disappointed recently when the Royal Palm Railway…

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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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Central Florida’s SunRail Rolling Out $200,000 Mobile App

By Staff, Spectrum News 13; May 13, 2019 ORLANDO, Fla. — On the heels of its fifth anniversary, SunRail is…

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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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Central Florida editorial: Happy 5-year anniversary, SunRail — now let’s make it better

By The Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel; April 30, 2019 Let’s be honest — SunRail was a consolation prize. What Central…

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West Central Florida: State plans to construct new CSX railroad bridges over I-4 to accommodate future high-speed rail

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal; April 25, 2019 The Florida Department of Transportation wants to construct two…

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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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Central Florida: SunRail Eyes Record Ridership and Future Expansions

By Greg Angel, Spectrum News 13; April 23, 2019 ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s just before noon and the northbound SunRail…

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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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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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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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Orlando & Northwestern Railway: Mount Dora Community Soliciting Ideas to Save 100-Year-Old Train Line in Central Florida

By David DeJohn, News Spectrum 13; April 1, 2019 MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Now’s your chance to come up with…

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