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VIRGIN SUES BRIGHTLINE FOR $250 MILLION

BRIGHTLINE IS BEING SUED BY VIRGIN ENTERPRISES FOR OVER $251 MILLION BECAUSE BRIGHTLINE TERMINATED THEIR NAMING DEAL EARLY. Virgin is accusing Brightline of using the pandemic to get out of the 20-year deal.

According to the lawsuit, Brightline told Virgin that they were terminating the agreement because the "Virgin brand had ceased to constitute a brand of international high repute, largely because of matters to the pandemic."

BOMB TRAINS IN FLORIDA

THE RULE REQUIRING SPECIAL PERMITS TO TRANSPORT LNG ON TRAINS EXPIRED LAST YEAR, making it easier than ever to move it through heavily-populated areas such as Southern Florida.

Although LNG has lower emissions and costs compared to other fuel sources, a potential LNG explosion could "literally level several blocks-even a whole town." Lac Megantic, Canada, experienced a rail disaster in 2013, where 47 people died and 20 buildings were destroyed.

IRC COMMISSIONER MOSS SHOULD GET VOTER INPUT ON HIGH-SPEED TRAINS | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | TC PALM

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY COMMISSIONER LAURA MOSS SHOULD CANVASS HER COUNTY RESIDENTS INPUT ON HIGH-SPEED TRAINS, remarks Susan Mehiel, coordinator of the Alliance for Safe Trains, in a letter to the TC Palm.

"Thousands of people have supported regional train organizations over the years, contributed to our efforts and lobbied their elected officials to push the tracks west or follow the experts' recommendations for more safety features," Susan states. "We find it hard to imagine 32 trains a day going over 100 mph will be welcomed."

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.