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BRIGHTLINE FAILS TO SELL PRIVATE ACTIVITY BOND DEAL FOR LAS VEGAS RAIL

FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP FAILS TO SELL PRIVATE ACTIVITY LOANS FOR A HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER BRIGHTLINE TRAIN FROM CALIFORNIA TO LAS VEGAS. Since the end of September, they had been marketing $3.2 billion before reducing the number to $2.4 billion. The project has now been postponed.

US SUPREME COURT WON'T HEAR CASE AGAINST BRIGHTLINE

THE US SUPREME COURT DENIED INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S APPEAL OF ITS LAWSUIT AGAINST BRIGHTLINE AND THE FRA. The ruling was announced Monday, ending a mark to the county's case.

County officials said that they had expected the ruling results. Indian River County Attorney Dylan Reingold said that they "knew it was going to be an uphill battle" and that they "are still pushing hard on all the safety requirements that would be needed."

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PERSON KILLED AFTER CRASH INVOLVING TRAIN IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY

PERSON DIED TUESDAY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A SOUTHBOUND TRAIN, a St. Lucie County sheriff's official said. Fire District crews went to the incident around 10:45 a.m.

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The original article was written by Will Greenlee of TC Palm.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL OPERATOR BRIGHTLINE IS IN TALKS WITH TAMPA DEVELOPER DARRYL SHAW FOR A POTENTIAL STATION NEAR YBOR CITY

HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL BRIGHTLINE IS IN EARLY NEGOTIATIONS WITH TAMPA DEVELOPER DARRYL SHAW TO BUILD A STATION IN THE YBOR CITY AREA. These discussions center around three separate pieces of property.

Shaw characterized the discussions as "super early" and declined to disclose the expiration date for the MOU.

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BRIGHTLINE, DOT ARGUE AGAINST SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF BOND FINANCING

USDOT AND BRIGHTLINE ARGUE THAT U.S. SUPREME COURT SHOULD DENY INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S REQUEST FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI. The county has asked the court to review a federal appeals court's December 2019 determination that the USDOT determined that the high-speed rail passenger rail project qualified for $2.7 billion in PAB financing.

County Attorney Dylan Reingold said a reply to the USDOT and AAF Holding's briefs will be filed the week of September 7. Justices are expected to convene during their September 29 conference to consider the writ request.

BATTLE OVER FLORIDA'S PRIVATE TRAIN REACHES U.S. SUPREME COURT

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY'S CASE AGAINST THE FDOT, FRA AND ALL ABOARD FLORIDA IS PASSED TO U.S. SUPREME COURT. The case revolves around the legitimacy of $2.1 billion in private activity bonds that were allocated to AAF's high-speed passenger rail service, Brightline.

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BRIGHTLINE ENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGIN TRAINS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

BRIGHTLINE AND VIRGIN TRAINS END PARTNERSHIP, Brightline states in its monthly revenue and ridership report. The high-speed passenger service will go back to using the name Brightline.

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Original article was written and image taken by Katherine Kallergis of The Real Deal.

BRIGHTLINE MIGHT BYPASS FIVE NEW RAIL PLATFORMS

NEW COMMUTER TRAIN IN NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE WOULD HAVE UP TO FIVE NEW PLATFORMS ALONG THE FECI'S LINE, BUT BRIGHTLINE/VIRGIN TRAINS USA WILL NOT NECESSARILY STOP AT ANY OF THEM. The proposed commuter platforms, determined by the county, would stop in Wynwood, the Design District, Upper East Side, North Miami and the FIU Biscayne Bay campus as well as connect to Brightline.

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REPS. POSEY & MAST INTRODUCE HIGH-SPEED RAIL SAFETY LEGISLATION

CONGRESSMEN POSEY AND MAST INTRODUCED THE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACT, which will protect the safety of pedestrians, motorists and residents along the Brightline/Virgin Trains USA high-speed rail corridor. This legislation will direct the FRA and the Federal Highway Administration to conduct a study on motorist and pedestrian safety along the corridor and share safety recommendations with Florida's Department of Transportation.

BRIGHTLINE WANTS $350M TO BUILD FIVE RAIL STATIONS IN FLORIDA

BRIGHTLINE BEGAN TALKS WITH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY TO BUILD FIVE TRAINS PLATFORMS BETWEEN MIAMI AND AVENTURA ALONGSIDE THEIR HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL TO ORLANDO. This proposed arrangement would give Miami-Dade a new rail service—a service described like Tri-Rail—with stops at Wynwood, the Design District, El Portal, North Miami and the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University.

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