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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Florida: Virgin Trains readying for first construction on Treasure Coast, staging in Fort Pierce

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; July 31, 2019 FORT PIERCE — Virgin Trains USA has begun its first construction-related…

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South Florida: Brightline Stop Chugging Toward Boca Raton

By Marisa Herman, Associate Editor, Boca Newspaper; July 31, 2019 Boca residents may be able to hop on a Brightline…

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Here’s how work is progressing on Virgin Train USA’s Orlando-to-Miami route

By Ryan Lynch, Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal; July 22, 2019 Virgin Trains USA has offered a further look at…

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South Florida: Virgin Trains USA reports 244,000 riders in first quarter of 2019

By Scott Powers, Florida Politics; July 3, 2019 Virgin Trains USA’s private passenger trains carried 244,178 riders between Miami, Fort…

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View from the UK: How America’s first high-speed railway – and Virgin Trains – is transforming Florida

By Simon Veness, The Telegraph; June 26, 2019 Sir Richard Branson may have been absent, but he and his Virgin…

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Virgin Trains looks to expand quickly in U.S.

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; June 25, 2019 Today Disney World, tomorrow Disneyland. No, it’s not backwards motivation. It…

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Virgin Trains’ Orlando, Florida leg underway as railroad eyes expansions to Tampa, Las Vegas

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 24, 2019 ORLANDO — As construction of a 125 mph passenger railroad,…

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Virgin Trains beginning an important link between Miami and Orlando today | Commentary

By CARLOS A. GIMENEZ, Orlando Sentinel; June 24, 2019 This is an exciting time for Orlando and Miami as Virgin…

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Virgin Trains: Expansion to Orlando is underway through Florida’s Treasure and Space coasts

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; June 21, 2019 As Virgin Trains USA gears up for a ceremonial groundbreaking…

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Florida: Virgin Trains officials to break ground on high speed rail system in Orlando

By Amanda Castro, Reporter/Anchor, WKMG ClickOrlando.com; June 19, 2019 ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A multi-billion project to bring high-speed passenger…

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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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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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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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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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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’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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Florida: How Tampa Tripled Ridership on its Streetcar

By Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA; April 8, 2019 Here’s a happy transit story: A $2.7-million state grant to Tampa’s downtown streetcar…

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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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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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