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NEW LAWSUIT: INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SUES VIRGIN TRAINS OVER RAIL-CROSSING MAINTENANCE

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY HAS FILED ANOTHER LAWSUIT AGAINST VIRGIN TRAINS ON WEDNESDAY. This lawsuit argues that the county should not be enforced to pay for 21 crossing improvements along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor.

Prior to the establishment of Virgin Trains USA, Indian River County had an agreement with the FEC to maintain freight crossings.

FRIGHTENING DASHCAM FOOTAGE SHOWS ILLINOIS POLICE OFFICER SWERVING OUT OF THE WAY OF TRAIN

DASHCAM FOOTAGE REVEALS ILLINOIS POLICE OFFICERS' CLOSE CALL WITH A COMMUTER TRAIN. The footage shows Police Officer Peter Stanglewicz narrowly missing a train that barrels through the corridor. The gates didn't close and warning lights did not go off.

Metra spokeswoman Katie Dahlstrom stated, "A signal maintainer who had arrived on scene a few minutes earlier for a separate issue immediately started investigating this incident and put additional protections in place to prevent trains from proceeding through the intersection until the problem could be fixed."

TWO MEN TRAPPED IN CAR AFTER CRASH WITH BRIGHTLINE TRAIN

TWO MEN WERE TRAPPED IN THEIR CAR AFTER COLLIDING WITH A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT, officials said. The two had to be cut from their crumpled vehicle before being rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

Ten people have died after being struck by Brightline trains since their initial test runs in July 2017.

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BRIGHTLINE GOES VIRGINAL. WHAT PRICE VIRGINITY?

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE BEING MADE AFTER BRIGHTLINE BEING PURCHASED BY VIRGIN LAST MONTH, reports David Peter Alan of the Railway Age. These developments include an IPO for stock and a possible additional station near Disney World.

TRAIN WRECK TIMES | HOLIDAY EDITION

The Train Wreck Times by Susan Mehiel - Holiday Edition

WE HAVE MUCH TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! Despite all of the so-called positive media they’ve drummed up and the votes by Martin County and CARE FL, AAF/Virgin is no closer to starting construction on the second phase of the project than they were when the year started…think about that for a minute.

CONGRESSMEN TAKE AIM AT BRIGHTLINE BONDS

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN MAST AND POSEY POINT TO AN OCT. 31 REPORT as they press the Department of Transportation to stop the extension Brightline has requested to issue tax-exempt bonds. These bonds are needed to expand Brightline's second phase from South Florida to Orlando.

The report is from the state Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, which supported financial and safety concerns about Brightline's service, as well as stating that the DOT hasn't used its authority to regulate the high-passenger rail's expected speeds.

BREAKING NEWS: BRIGHTLINE WANTS MORE TIME TO ISSUE NEXT BOND DEAL

BREAKING NEWS: OWNERS OF THE BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER TRAIN HAVE REQUESTED MORE TIME TO ISSUE $1.15 BILLION OF BONDS, a federal agency said Wednesday. They currently have until Dec. 31 to issue said bonds to finance their second phase from West Palm Beach to Orlando.

The committee that reviews PAB allocations will consider Brightline's request next week, stated USDOT's Director of Public Affairs Marianne McInerney.

PICKUP TRUCK STRUCK BY BRIGHTLINE TRAIN IN LAKE WORTH

A PICKUP TRUCK WAS STRUCK BY A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING in Lake Worth, Florida. Fortunately, the driver was able to escape before the impact.

More information to come.

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POLICE IDENTIFY MAN KILLED ON TRAIN TRACKS IN WEST PALM BEACH

THE MAN WHO WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A BRIGHTLINE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, according to West Palm Beach, as Conor J. Scherle from Pennsylvania.

Scherle was stuck at 4 a.m. last Saturday. Police reports indicate a freight train was involved.

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