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: CSX releasing property in Tampa, setting stage for future transit project

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Jacksonville Business Journal; September 2, 2020 Rail operator CSX plans to abandon…

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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. High-speed rail coming down the track: America’s newest, fastest trains, from Acela to Brightline

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; July 30, 2020 What do Miami’s cruise ship port, Disney World and Las Vegas have…

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U.S., Florida: Amtrak to reduce New York-Florida trains starting July 6, with more cuts coming Oct. 1

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; June 29, 2020 Starting next week, Amtrak is cutting back service between New York and…

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U.S., Florida: State suspends Brightline’s negotiations for Orlando to Tampa right-of-way

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal; March 27, 2020 The right-of-way lease that Brightline, also known as Virgin…

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U.S., Florida: Hillsborough County/Tampa leaders tour Orlando’s SunRail, hoping for a train of their own

By Caitlin Johnston, Reporter, Tampa Bay Times; March 5, 2020 ORLANDO — The plan Thursday morning was for a group…

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U.S., Florida: Virgin Trains’ path to Disney World is undecided. Here’s what experts recommend.

By Richard Bilbao, Senior Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; February 25, 2020 The path that Virgin Trains USA will take…

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U.S., Florida: Here’s what’s next for Virgin Trains’ Disney station

By Richard Bilbao and Ryan Lynch, Orlando Business Journal; February 21, 2020 Virgin Trains USA is making quick progress on…

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U.S., Florida: Here’s the latest on Virgin Trains’ planned Disney station

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; January 24, 2020 Virgin Trains plans to open its proposed station at…

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U.S.: Virgin Trains expands in Florida. Will it ever reach Jacksonville?

By Ennis Davis, The Florida Times-Union; January 3, 2020 As Michael Cegelis speaks at a recent Central Florida Transportation Planning…

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U.S., Florida: Virgin Trains’ Tampa-to-Orlando right of way negotiations extended again

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; December 27, 2019 Virgin Trains USA has been granted another extension on…

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U.S.; Tampa, Florida: Hillsborough transit authority looks to rebuild streetcars for $2.7 Million

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal; December 26, 2019 Some of the cars in the TECO Line Streetcar…

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U.S., Florida: Disney and Brightline confirm advanced talks over theme-park station

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel; December 17, 2019 Brightline and Walt Disney Co. officials have confirmed advanced talks about a…

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Florida Weekly Update: Check out Virgin Trains’ progress on its $4 Billion Orlando-to-West Palm route

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; November 22, 2019 Virgin Trains is on track for its expansion into…

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As his 200th birthday nears, the father of Florida tourism remains a mystery

By Paul Guzzo, Tampa Bay Times; October 24, 2019 TAMPA — Happy 200th birthday to Henry Plant, the man who…

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Tampa, Florida: TECO Line Streetcar nearly triples annual ridership

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal; October 18, 2019 The TECO Line Streetcar in Tampa has closed out…

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Orlando to Miami higher-speed Virgin Trains USA passenger train project getting real

By Scott Powers, Floridapolitics.com; October 11, 2019 It’s getting real, this long discussed, debated, fought over, raved about, warned against,…

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South Florida: Brightline/Virgin Trains USA gets $76 million station in Aventura

By Glenna Milberg, Reporter, WPLG Local 10 News ABC; October 11, 2019 AVENTURA, Fla. – After a contentious vote that…

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Brightline/Virgin Trains USA Announces New Travel Advisor Program

By Patrick Clarke, Senior Writer, Travel Pulse; October 10, 2019 Brightline (soon to be Virgin Trains), announced today a new…

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Deadline extended for Virgin Trains’ $1.7 billion Orlando-Tampa route negotiations

By Ryan Lynch and Veronica Brezina-Smith, Orlando Business Journal; October 3, 2019 A proposed high-speed train route between Orlando and…

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Florida extends Virgin Trains’ deadline for Orlando-to-Tampa right-of-way negotiations

By Veronica Brezina-Smith and Ryan Lynch, Orlando Business Journal; September 11, 2019 The state is allowing more time for Virgin…

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Florida’s Brightline passenger rail expands on success

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; September 9, 2019 Work with what is there. That usually is the calling following…

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Tampa, Florida: TECO Line Streetcar hits over 76,000 in ridership

By Veronica Brezina-Smith, Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 9, 2019 The TECO Line Streetcar is on a roll. The…

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Florida: Virgin Trains USA Celebrates One Million Ride Mark

A press release from Virgin Trains USA; August 6, 2019: Virgin Trains, formerly Brightline, first began service in January 2018,…

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