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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    And the follow-up tweet says they're several weeks from being put into regular Amtrak service, presumably if everything goes well. That's quicker than I expected.
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The Siemens Velaro is based on what is used on the DB ICE service and should be plenty fast enough. I remember there being a Siemens display in Sacramento awhile back Siemens looks to wow Sacramento with high-speed rail demo. In general, I would imagine the groups that showed interest in...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The September 30th deadline means we will probably hear more news about this soon. And after the bonds are issued you would think they'd be motivated to start construction quickly.
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    How hungry are you? 😬 https://www.rtands.com/passenger/wabtec-to-implement-ptc-system-for-virgin-trains-usa/ Edit to say I don't disagree with anything you said, I don't have much knowledge on PTC implementations. Just found the timing of this news amusing.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Maybe not necessarily reporting, but as recently as January the Section 305 Next Generation Corridor Equipment Pool Committee (NGEC) had a quote in their meeting minutes that said...
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    You seem to be part of the small minority not interested in owning treasury bonds. If people weren't interested the yield would be higher...
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    This is probably getting off-topic, but as a counterpoint, interest rates for treasury bonds are at historic lows right now, so it's pretty cheap for the federal government to borrow. As a fraction of gdp, the size of the government interest payments isn't at historic highs: Federal Outlays...
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    Texas Central Railway

    I spent some time in the Houston area a while back and knew some people who would commute for two hours each way, going from one side of Houston to the other. You would think this service would attract some daily commuters between the two cities, but maybe I'm underestimating Texans' love for...
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    Texas Central Railway

    It appears that the FRA published the FEIS for the Texas Central project https://www.texascentral.com/posts/environmental-impact-statement-advances-texas-high-speed-train-project/
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Some positive news for this project from the last week. They got the okay from the state of California to issue tax-exempt bonds and will probably get a $10million tax credit from the state as well...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    For what it's worth their projecting 3 million passengers in the southern segment and 3.5 million from Orlando to the southern segment in 2023. The southern segment estimate does seem optimistic with growth slowing somewhat. What is kind of crazy to me is that their biggest expense category...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    Two interesting points int the ridership summary: They started engineering work for the Disney station in February and plan to open the station shortly after the extension is completed. That's the first timeline I've heard about the Disney station (though maybe I missed something) and even...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    Their bond filling says they currently have 5 trainsets with 4 passenger coaches, where three are in rotation on any given day. I think you mean redistributing what they currently have which seems possible with the spares they have but they don't talk about. They do talk about going to 8...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    Brief but interesting interview with Wes Edens, co-founder of Fortress Investment Group. Relevant part to Brightline starts at the 2-minute mark. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/31/wes-edens-on-recent-earnings-and-investing-environment.html Interesting points January 29th, 30th, and...
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    Amtrak funding and committment to restore Gulf coast service

    Maybe not as hopeless as it seems? Mobile mayor says he expects to ‘get to yes’ on city-funded Amtrak service https://www.fox10tv.com/news/mobile_county/mobile-mayor-says-he-expects-to-get-to-yes-on/article_c41cf7ac-42e2-11ea-912f-b7e30c738c76.html
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