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, South Florida History and Today: The Newest Use for Florida East Coast Railway Right-of-Way

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 2, 2021 Henry Flagler’s railroad-building prowess is the gift to Florida…

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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., 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., South Florida: Florida East Coast Industries sells West Palm Beach apartments connected to Brightline for $115 Million

By Brian Bandell, Senior Reporter, South Florida Business Journal; December 3, 2020 Florida East Coast Industries sold Park-Line Palm Beaches, an…

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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., South Florida: Moment is here to get Coastal Link commuter rail up and running | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, South Florida Sun Sentinel, yahoo! News; November 22, 2020 South Florida soon could be closer…

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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., 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., South Florida: Brightline shut down commuter service for months. When will the trains run again?

By David Lyons, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mass Transit Magazine; October 1, 2020 The trains are in the barn. The downtown…

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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., 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, 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. 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: 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., South Florida: Brightline might bypass five new rail platforms

By Gabriel Poblete, Miami Today; July 21, 2020 New commuter rail in Northeast Miami-Dade would have up to five new…

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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., 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., 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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