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

First look: New Florida passenger train unveiled

From USA Today: “The two locomotives and four passenger coaches, collectively dubbed “BrightBlue,” arrived in West Palm Beach last month and were put on public display for the first time Wednesday. The set will soon be followed by four more – BrightOrange, BrightPink, BrightRed and BrightGreen – with the hopes of starting regular service by this summer … Click here to read more

First All Aboard Florida train finished and ready for testing

From The Sun-Sentinel: “Originally, All Aboard Florida said it would initiate the Orlando route by the end of 2017, but that was delayed as Martin and Indian River counties filed federal lawsuits challenging the company’s ability to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds. The company has since announced it will pursue the bond sale in two parts … Click here to read more

Funding for All Aboard Florida’s planned route through Treasure Coast in question

“On November 28, before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final ruling on the lawfulness of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $1.75 billion Private Activity Bond (PAB) allocation to All Aboard Florida (AAF, a.k.a Brightline), DOT announced that it has withdrawn the $1.75 billion bond allocation to AAF first made in 2014 … Click here to read more