U.S., Amtrak’s Silver Star versus JetBlue From Florida to Washington, D.C.

Editor’s Note: Here’s a fun story – the typical train versus plane comparison – about a father and daughter on…

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U.S., Florida/Nevada/California: Brightline CEO presents to Congress ways to unlock the potential of high-speed rail

From Global Railway Review; May 7, 2021 Michael Reininger, Brightline’s CEO, has presented to a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure…

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U.S., France: Banning Planes For Trains; Think Twice

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 14, 2021 Word has come the French – known for great…

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U.S., More Amtrak and Brightline History: Remaking Passenger Rail in Florida

Editor’s Note: Parts of this history article were first written in 2018 and 2019; updated today. By J. Bruce Richardson,…

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U.S., Amtrak and Brightline South Florida History: Two Railroads, Two Very Different Results for Stations

Editor’s Note: This story was originally written in early 2019 and was updated today. By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail…

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U.S., Travel and Train History: 20th Century Limited, Overseas Railway, Amtrak, Auto Train, The Love Boat, Brightline and Disneyland’s Santa Fe Railway Train

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; January 15, 2021 Railroads were the first in the transportation industry to…

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U.S., Central Florida: Brightline sets potential timetable for Disney Springs train station

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; December 23, 2020 Brightline has set a potential timetable for the completion of…

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U.S., History: Once Upon a Brief Time, Amtrak had a 24-Hour Dining Car

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 11, 2020 Long ago but not far away, just before the…

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U.S., Florida: Fortress Returns to Muni Market, This Time For Florida Train

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg; December 9, 2020 Less than two months after failing to sell $2.4 billion of unrated municipal…

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U.S., Florida – SunRail commission votes for DeLand extension: Now what?

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; November 23, 2020 For more than five years, plans to extend SunRail to DeLand…

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U.S., Central Florida: I-Drive Chamber ‘strongly opposes’ future Brightline corridor. Here’s why.

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; November 24, 2020 The International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce wants local…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline, Disney share details on future high-speed rail station

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; November 23, 2020 Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort have shared new details…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline gives construction update on Orlando expansion

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; November 12, 2020 Brightline has made additional progress on its $2.7 billion Orlando…

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U.S., Central Florida: SunRail partners vote to force extension to DeLand

By Al Everson, The West Volusia Beacon; November 9, 2020 Over the objections of Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, the…

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U.S., Central Florida Editorial: SunRail’s potential can be realized without DeLand on board

By The Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel; October 31, 2020 SunRail leaders have had few reasons to smile in recent months.…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline reveals new timeline, details for Tampa connection

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal; October 23, 2020 High-speed rail company Brightline has pushed back the starting date…

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U.S., Florida: SunRail may partner with Brightline on route to Orlando airport

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; October 20, 2020 Brightline and SunRail may form a partnership to get…

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U.S., Florida: U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Indian River County’s appeal of Brightline lawsuit

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; October 5, 2020 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Indian River…

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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.: Central Florida Leaders Say Transportation Was Hard Hit By Coronavirus, But Expansion Still Possible By 2030

By Danielle Prieur, WMFE; Septem,ber 16, 2020 Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said it could take some time for transportation in…

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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., 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., 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.: Florida Luxury Train Cuts Branson Ties, Drops Virgin Name

By Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg, August 7, 2020 Florida luxury train operator Brightline is dropping plans to rebrand as Virgin Trains…

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U.S., Central Florida: SunRail pilots sensor-activated crossing signage

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; August 5, 2020 SunRail last week installed the first of 11 sensor-activated alert signs at a…

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