Rocky Mountaineer expands capacity with new luxury rail cars

A press release from Rocky Mountaineer; April 15, 2019: Seven glass-dome cars to join the fleet in 2019 season VANCOUVER,…

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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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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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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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Brightline now will be called Virgin Trains USA. Here’s what to expect next week and beyond.

By David Lyons, Reporter, South Florida Sun Sentinel; March 29, 2019 One year after the Brightline commuter rail line unveiled…

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Challenges and opportunities as Brightline expands: A conversation with MetroPlan Orlando’s Gary Huttmann

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; March 28, 2019 The $5 billion Brightline passenger train is expected to…

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Virgin Trains USA’s Patrick Goddard Wants to Get Americans Out of Their Cars

By Meredith Carey, Conde Nast Traveler; March 27, 2019 ‘Innovators’ chronicles our treks behind the scenes with travel’s disruptors and…

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Iowa Pacific sued by Warren County, New York

By Thom Randall, The Sun; March 21, 2019 QUEENSBURY | In an effort to collect unpaid revenue and property taxes,…

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Florida: Virgin Trains USA reveals more plan details in new prospectus

By Scott Powers, FloridaPolitics.com; March 22, 2019 Virgin Trains USA has issued a new bond sale prospectus parparing for the…

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Traveling Around Florida? Ditch the Car and Ride the Rails, Says Virgin

By Tariro Mzezewa, The New York Times; March 7, 2019 Entering the newest train station in Miami is a bit…

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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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Virgin Trains USA might roll into PortMiami to serve cruise passengers directly from a train

Editor’s Note: When Henry Flagler extended his railroad from the small town of Miami in South Florida to Key West,…

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Despite losses, Virgin Trains USA/Brightline says it’s full speed ahead in South Florida

By Wanda Moore, WPTV NBC 5; February 19, 2019 Full speed ahead. That’s what Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, is…

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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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Brightline/Virgin Trains USA calls off IPO

By Brian Bandell, Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal; February 12, 2019 Virgin Trains USA, which operates the Brightline passenger…

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South Florida: The Branson Effect, Train-Style

By David Wilkening, GlobeSt.com; February 05, 2019 MIAMI — It’s sometimes called the Branson Effect — a reference to South…

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Virgin Trains USA targets Austin, Texas for high-speed rail

By Jenni Lee, KVUE ABC; February 5, 2019 AUSTIN, Texas — A billionaire Englishman may be coming to Austin’s rescue…

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