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    Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) Orlando Extension

    As an officer of a corporation or even a real estate agent, if they use privileged information to benefit their own personal situation, in most cases they would be violating company or professional rules and regulations. Most officers (and regular employees too!) of companies have to sign...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Also, there is this news item from back in February when Brightline denied any involvement with the Tampa Park Apartment sale to Darryl Shaw. Seems they have indeed formed a new partnership since then. Brightline: Reported sale of Tampa Park Apartments ‘isn’t related to us’
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    But I wonder if the TECO site is large enough for 1000 ft long platforms and associated real estate development? Maybe that site could be combined with the site just east of it across Channelside Drive to make the infrastructure fit? That would allow for street level connections with the...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Tampa station sites finally under consideration with a MOU between Brightline and a local developer. All 3 sites are near Tampa Union Station just east of downtown Tampa. The former Tampa Park Apartments, TECO Gasworks, and the location considered for a baseball stadium a few years ago. No...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    Monthly ridership and construction reports are out for January 2020. 115109 passengers carried in January up 56% over January 2019 Average fare down 10% but ticket revenue up 41% and overall revenue up 47% (compared to January 2019)
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    Charger Led #5 involved in Crash with Concrete Truck near Reno

    Having seen the damage to the Brightline Chargers over the past 2 years and the ability of Brightline to get them back in service pretty quickly, my question to anyone who knows more details on this is why are the damaged IDOT/Midwest service Chargers so hard to repair and get back into service...
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    Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

    Dec 2019 ridership/revenue report is out (and construction report): 127,690 ridership for Dec and 1,012,804 for the year 2019
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Not In My Back Yard I think its the same type who yell "Get off my yard!" at kids playing.
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Yep it didn't surprise me but for the fact that they made the request so fast after the appeals court ruling :D They didn't wait for the ink to dry haha
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The new economic impact report is out. This was presented to the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee yesterday. They expect to begin building phase 2 across the High Desert Corridor to Palmdale by no sooner than 2029. The report has detailed plans for the Apple Valley station and VMF as...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    So Vero Beach wants a station stop now? what the heck! As that county and a lot of residents who live there have opposed this project and delayed it by at least 3 years, they do not deserve a stop for a very long time IMO. Their actions have cost the company much time and money and delayed VTUSA...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    VTUSA will have to use FDOT ROW as about 1/3 of the SR417 route between I-4 and MCO is owned by FDOT - the section closest to I-4. CFX owns the stretch east of there to the Sunrail tracks (and beyond, of course). Not to mention a station on the north (or west) side of I-4 at WDW is preferable I...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    I have not heard any details about the Lakeland station location. Although I understand that instead of using a mile long viaduct from west of the CSX A-Line to US98, like the HSR project proposed, it will run at grade in the median through that section. Related to this is a project by FDOT and...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    I probably should have focused on the main problem that FDOT appears to be having with Virgin Trains (VTUSA) at this point: lack of detail or clarity regarding what land VTUSA needs from FDOT and CFX, not the actual build-out date of the rail system. FDOT and CFX have planned road projects that...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Yes, getting to Tampa is definitely much more complicated then building only to Disney/I-Drive from the Orlando airport. However, the RFP issued by FDOT for I-4 ROW leasing specifically calls for an intercity passenger rail service to be built. It is clear that FDOT intends to hold Virgin Trains...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2019/12/27/virgin-trains-tampa-to-orlando-right-of-way.html So the FDOT sent Virgin Trains a letter on Monday announcing another 90 day extension to negotiations for ROW leasing between MCO (Orlando) and Tampa. What is very pointed in the letter is that...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Well I meant any significant threat. As you know, every single bill against Brightline over the past 3 or 4 years that the Treasure Coast politicians have brought in the FL Senate or House has died. As far as fencing, I am not sure that is a great idea except in areas with a lot of pedestrian...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    From my experience living in Florida for 22 years, it matters less your political affiliation and more about money. Developers have always controlled this state, no matter which party was in control. Virgin Trains USA is run by FECI. FECI has been a huge developer here in Florida for many...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains Orlando-Miami update Orlando Sentinel 11/21/19

    It is my opinion that Disney has been working at some level with Virgin Trains for quite some time now. Back in 2012-2014 when All Aboard Florida management had several ex-Disney people at the upper levels is probably when this Disney station idea was formed. That is my suspicion. Disney and...
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    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    I agree that the IRC commissioners aren't the brightest. I found a VeroNews article from last November that said the commissioners ignored their own attorneys who urged them to accept the deal that Virgin offered them, much like what Martin County accepted. In IRC, it must be personal to them...
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