U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Eyes Building Two Phases of Las Vegas Rail Concurrently

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg Quint; September 3, 2020 (Bloomberg) — The company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds plans…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline replacing rusting downtown Melbourne train bridge with twin steel bridges

By Rick Neale, Florida Today; August 21, 2020 Like an enormous piston belching blue smoke, a pile driver is noisily pounding…

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U.S.: High-Speed Rail Heats Up In California As Brightline Eyes Las Vegas Route Extensions

By Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Staff; August 22, 2020 Brightline, the sole private passenger rail service in the U.S., has a…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Fortress Eyes More Debt for Las Vegas Rail Still to Be Built

By Romy Varghese, Bloomberg, Yahoo! Finance; August 21, 2020 (Bloomberg) — A company backed by Fortress Investment Group’s private-equity funds…

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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., Opinion: High-Speed Rail’s True Barrier Isn’t Money. It’s Space.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist, Governing; August 3, 2020 America is way behind on building high-speed rail. While nations…

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U.S., California and Nevada – STEVE SEBELIUS: Tax-free bonds turn Vegas-to-Victorville train dream into reality

By Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal; August 1, 2020 After decades of talk, planning and dashed dreams, it appears the…

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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., Nevada: Los Angeles-To-Las Vegas High-Speed Train Wins $200 Million Nevada Bond Allocation

By Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Staff; July 24, 2020 XpressWest, a high-speed rail line that will connect Southern California to Las…

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U.S., Florida: Orlando airport moving ahead with Virgin tracks, new main road entrance

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel; July 24, 2020 Orlando International Airport has been getting major upgrades, resulting in a lot…

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U.S., Nevada: Virgin Trains surveying work to limit I-15 lanes next week

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; July 23, 2020 Surveying work related to the planned Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail…

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U.S., Nevada: Clark County backs plan for state to issue bonds for high-speed rail line

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; July 21, 2020 High-speed rail service between Las Vegas and Southern California moved a…

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U.S., Florida: Congressmen Brian Mast, Bill Posey seeking safety study for Brightline

By Scott Powers, Florida Politics; July 16, 2020 With construction of the high-speed Brightline/Virgin Trains USA railroad to connect Orlando…

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U.S., California: Rancho Cucamonga route could be added to $5 billion train to Las Vegas

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Press Enterprise; July 1, 2020 A San Bernardino County transportation agency on…

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U.S.: High-speed rail project gets OK to use I-15 right of way in California

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 30, 2020 Virgin Trains USA’s high speed train plans got another boost after…

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U.S., Commentary: Can Private Intercity Passenger Rail Return to America?

By Scott Beyer, Catalyst; June 30, 2020 Private rail transport can work in the United States—we know because it still…

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U.S., California: Las Vegas train builder gets more time to sell private activity bonds

By Keeley Webster, The Bond Buyer; June 29, 2020 The California Infrastructure and Economic Bank approved a five-month extension for plans…

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U.S., Florida: Virgin Trains USA, Wabtec Sign $120 Million PTC Deal

By Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; June 16, 2020 Virgin Trains USA (VTUSA), more commonly known under its original name,…

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U.S., South Florida: Brightline commuter plan panned by mayor and Tri-Rail, but advances into county talks

By Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald; June 2, 2020 Tri-Rail and Miami-Dade’s mayor said it would cost the public too much…

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U.S., South Florida: Tri-Rail locked out of downtown while Brightline is shut

By Jesse Scheckner, Miami Today; May 26, 2020 Several steps remain before Tri-Rail can run on Brightline tracks to MiamiCentral…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline says local service will stay shut for months; Orlando route still on track

By Rob Wile, Miami Herald; May 20, 2020 Virgin Trains USA, formerly known as Brightline, announced Wednesday that it is…

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U.S., Florida: Virgin Trains planning $122 million of bridge work; two demolitions on Treasure Coast in May

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; May 11, 2020 Virgin Trains USA will spend $121.5 million to repair and replace…

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U.S., California/Nevada: California OKs $600 Million in bonds for Virgin Trains high-speed rail project

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; April 14, 2020 A California finance committee Tuesday unanimously approved the allocation of $600…

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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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