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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Brightline launched $3.2 BILLION bond sale for the Los Vegas to California HSR project. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.reviewjournal.com/business/tourism/brightline-launches-3-2b-bond-sale-for-vegas-to-la-high-speed-rail-line-2131969/amp/
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Here is a Railway Age article on the arrival and testing of the new IDOT cars: https://www.railwayage.com/mechanical/locomotives/for-idot-new-siemens-ventures/?RAchannel=news
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The statement of trains running by the end of 2023 and "trains operating at speeds up to 200 mph means that there will be an equipment order ASAP!! Alstom would have an advantage with its Acela 2 production line active, but HSR 200 mph would require a few equimemt adjustments and different FRA...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Nevada approves $200 Million in HSR Bonds for Virgin Trains HSR project today: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-oks-200m-in-bonds-for-vegas-to-socal-high-speed-train-2080514/amp/
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Railroad tracks have been installed on Orlando Airport property and news updated on Nrightline and other nearby project: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/transportation/os-ne-orlando-airport-virgin-trains-528-436-intersection-20200724-owlbspx2gnd7bnjstkgoj2bkca-story.html
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Brightline will study an extension of their line further southwest of Victorville to Rancho Cucamonga, CA using the I-15 highway cooridoor. https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/traffic/virgin-trains-in-early-talks-to-extend-high-speed-rail-closer-to-la-2065751/
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Ever since the Federal government built the "free" U.S. Highway system, and then the "free" Interstate Highway System, the private railroads have not been able to make money on many passenger train routes. Taxpayer funds have also been spent to pay for building the airports and air traffic...
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    The Music City Star, Tennessee

    The Music City Star uses former Metra Pullman bi-level coaches and cab cars. They were completely gutted and rehabilitated by Metra in-house in the early to mid-1990s for its North Central Service line expansion which started in August 1996. Most of these cars were built for the Chicago &...
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    MBTA awards construction contract for Fall River commuter rail extension

    MBTA just awarded a contract to build the South Coast Phase 1 project that will extend service to Fall River, MA. https://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/MBTA-board-approves-South-Coast-Rail-construction-contract--60435 This following Mass Transit article has more...
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    Texas Central Railway

    Texas Centeal wins a very important Appeals Court ruling which stated that it is legally a railroad. This ruling overturned a lower court ruling. https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2020/05/08-texas-central-is-a-railroad-court-rules
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Hi, Follow this link to the AASHTO website which now has the January and February 2020 monthly meeting minutes AND the 2020 Annual Meeting materials and PowerPoint presentations uploaded for public viewing. It is interesting reading materials. Items have been uploaded over thevpast two days...
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    I found this photo posted online ofbthe trian on the Nicholson viaduct. He posted other nice photos of the train movement.
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    Missouri Budget proposal would eliminate one RiverRunner Roundtrip

    The struggle of the Missouri RiverRunner continues.... The train has had both ontime performance problems and funding budget problems. The ontime performance problems are mostly due to dispatching priorities and heavy train traffic on a route that has sections of single-track mainline mixed...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Virgin trains has purchased in escrow 284 acres for their Apple Valley station site as a part of their Las Vegas service that is under development. https://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20200311/virgin-trains-completes-land-purchase-for-apple-valley-station...
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    NEC Trackwork Season 2020

    Does anyone have an update on the 22-mile 160/140 mph section project, especially when it will be completed and activated?