Sprint sues All Aboard Florida for $646,000 over partially paid bill

From The Sun Sentinel: “Sprint wants All Aboard Florida to pay up. The communications company has filed a lawsuit in Miami federal court against the parent-company of Brightline and a second company with ties to Florida East Coast Industries … Click here to read more

Martin County pulls out of Brightline lawsuit challenging Phase 2 funding, still claims ‘victory’

“Martin County Senior Assistant County Attorney, Ruth Holmes, says the county backed out of a lawsuit that challenged a request made by Brightline for bonds to pay for the Treasure Coast extension,” reports WPTV. “Contrary to how that sounds, Holmes says it is actually a ‘victory’ … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

PBPost: Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over bonds for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

“A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed lawsuits filed by Martin and Indian River counties challenging All Aboard Florida’s plan to sell tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service. Martin County said it was ‘assessing its next legal steps,’ … Click here to read more

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida continues to fight All Aboard Florida/Brightline

From CARE FL: “There has been a lot of recent activity on this subject, indicating the matter is coming to a boil, due to AAF and its backers’ absolute fury that the Florida legislature has been considering passing safety regulations, as well as addressing the costs the project would impose on the counties and taxpayers … Click here to read more

Orlando City Council: Reject bill that could slow Brightline train

From The Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando’s City Council urged state legislators to reject a bill that critics say could slow, or even halt, plans for a passenger-rail service linking Orlando and Miami. The service already faces lawsuits from Martin and Indian River counties … Click here to read more

Judge signs off on environmental permit for Brightline rail project

From The Palm Beach Post: “An administrative law judge has signed off on an environmental permit that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline needs to build its passenger railroad between Miami and Orlando. In a 23-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter … Click here to read more

Miami Herald: Grupo Mexico to buy Florida rail line for $2.1 billion

“Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico says it has reached an agreement to buy Brightline parent Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corporation for $2.1 billion from Fortress Investment Group.The sale will not affect Brightline, the Miami-to-Orlando passenger train slated to begin service this summer … Click here to read more

House bill that could delay Brightline gets pulled out of subcommittee

A proposed Florida House bill that would give local governments and the state additional authority to regulate the Brightline high-speed rail project was pulled from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee’s meeting on March 28, according to The Orlando Business Journal. … Click here to read more

Sheriff Snyder urges increased safety for Brightline high-speed rail service

“A bill possibly delaying the start of rail service between Miami and Orlando is gaining support,” according to WPTV. “Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says he is in favor of Senate Bill 386, creating the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act. Brightline said law enforcement wouldn’t be held up a railroad crossing for more than 60 seconds … Click here to read more

Former Mets executive is new CEO of Brightline

“The company announced today that Dave Howard, a veteran executive from the sports and entertainment industry, has joined Brightline’s leadership team as Chief Executive Officer … Click here to read more