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WITH 76 TRAIN DEATHS IN 3 YEARS, FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILROAD IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN REPORTED

AN ANALYSIS HAS IDENTIFIED AT LEAST 76 DEATHS BY BRIGHTLINE (NOW VIRGIN TRAINS USA) PASSENGER AND FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY FREIGHT TRAINS SINCE 2015, by USA Today. Railroad administration data only shows 55 fatalities.

According to Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Warren Flatau, not all deaths are public on the Federal Railroad Administration data due to "suicide reporting restrictions intended to safeguard privacy."

VIRGIN TRAINS USA OWNER SELLS MIAMICENTRAL OFFICE BUILDINGS FOR $159M

VIRGIN TRAINS USA'S PARENT COMPANY, FLORIDA EAST COAST INDUSTRIES, SELLS OFFICE PORTION OF ITS MIAMICENTRAL STATION FOR $159.4 MILLION. This includes the ground floor retail, two office buildings and parking space, property records show. Tenants include Viacom, the Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and Carlton Fields and Atlantic | Pacific Companies.

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FLORIDA REAL ESTATE TODAY: VIRGIN TRAINS DISMISSES SAFETY CONCERNS

THE $1.75 BILLION DOLLARS VIRGIN TRAINS USA (FORMERLY BRIGHTLINE) IN PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS INTENDED IMPROVE THEIR HIGH-SPEED RAIL TRAIN SAFETY HAS BEEN INVESTED IN NON-ESSENTIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT. Clearly, safety is not their top priority.

Treasure Coast residents and elected government officials are growing more and more concerned about Virgin Trains complete disregard for safety concerns about their 100+ mph trains which will be traveling through heavily-populated areas.

WITNESS SEES TRUCK STUCK ON TRAIN TRACKS FOR AN HOUR

WITNESS SEES TRUCK STUCK ON TRACKS FOR AN HOUR. The car carrier was stuck on the 26th Street RR crossing in Vero Beach from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fortunately, maintenance crews were able to successfully remove the truck before any train-vehicle collision could occur.

"What a disaster it would have been should it have happened just before an incoming train, especially if it was carrying anything hazardous," the witness comments. "Could have wiped out the whole neighborhood."

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT'S ESTIMATED COST RISES TO $79B, REPORT SAYS

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT INCREASED $2B TO A TOTAL OF $79B, according to a report by the High-Speed Rail Authority.

This project has been vehemently blasted by President Trump and other officials such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom comment that the full project "would cost too much and take too long."

The latest estimate for the high-speed rail project's completion is set for 2033.

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RAILROAD CROSSING ARMS NOW WORKING IN DOWNTOWN WEST PALM BEACH

THE BRIGHTLINE/ FLORIDA EAST COAT RAILROAD CROSSING ARMS MALFUNCTIONED FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF ON THURSDAY MORNING, reports the WPTV. Fortunately, the crossing arms had malfunctioned in the down position - it could have malfunctioned in the up position just as easily.

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ONE WEEK AFTER CHANGING BRIGHTLINE NAME, VIRGIN TRAIN KILLS PEDESTRIAN IN POMPANO

A PEDESTRIAN WAS STUCK BY VIRGIN TRAINS AND DIED NEAR THE TRACKS ON APRIL 12, the Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed. This just a week since the privately-owned railway company Brightline rebranded as Virgin Trains USA. The cause of death is under investigation.

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The original article was written by Martin Vassolo of the Miami Herald.

NO MORE RAILROAD BOONDOGGLES!

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER CALIFORNIA BOONDOGGLE, states Florida Alliance for Safe Trains Coordinator and Communications Director Susan Mehiel in a recent Sunshine State News article. Susan is referring to the now-defunct California high-speed rail project.

Tune in as Mehiel highlights the comparable deception and experimentation of the California and All Aboard Florida Virgin Trains' rail project, and how the Virgin Trains' project is going to fail like its predecessor.

BRIGHTLINE PARENTS RAISES $1.75B IN BONDS TO BUILD ORLANDO LEG

VIRGIN TRAINS USA RAISED $1.75 BILLION IN BOND SALE THIS WEEK. The Bond Buyer reported that the $1.75 billion was a portion of about $4 billion of orders that Virgin Trains received for the sale. These new bonds issues are to be used for the expansion to Orlando and to refund $600 million in bonds in 2017.

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VIRGIN TRAINS USA NAME WILL MAKE ITS FIRST MUNI MARKET APPEARANCE

VIRGIN TRAINS USA WILL BE ISSUING $1.5 BILLION IN PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS TO BE PURCHASED NEXT WEEK. These bonds will pay for the 236-mile passenger rail line between Miami and Orlando, refund the $600 million of PABs issued in 2017 and more.

This high-speed passenger train is not entirely supported. Safety advocates such as Susan Mehiel of the Florida Alliance for Safe Trains are concerned about having trains (that will run up to 100 mph) barreling through the Treasure Coast's densely-populated downtowns.