Florida Action Alert: Support Next-Gen Trains to Orlando, Tampa
March 28, 2019
Attend a meeting in Orlando on Friday, April 5th to support Brightline
The Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) is holding a Board of Directors meeting in Orlando on Friday April 5th to consider Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) application to market an additional $950 million in Private Activity Bonds.
These bonds are a new allocation in addition to $1.15 billion in bonds already allocated by USDOT and approved by FDFC. Upon completion of this next FDFC board approval, Virgin Trains USA will go to market for the full $2.1 billion. The bankers are ready to go!
The meeting will start with public comments, with no opening statements, followed by a Board discussion and vote. A small but vocal group of opponents from Indian River County—the last holdouts along the route—is expected to show up again and continue their efforts to stop Brightline/Virgin Trains from connecting to Orlando.
Passengers who want to see world class train service in the U.S.: please attend this meeting and show support for the Virgin/Brightline request!
All attendees are welcomed to speak for up to three minutes. But even if you don’t feel comfortable speaking, the presence of rail supporters will help counter the vocal opponents from Indian River County, who showed up in bus loads at the first hearing.
This is a make-or-break decision process for the Virgin/Brightline extension to Orlando and to Tampa. Americans should be applauding a private business spending its own money to expand the national rail network, not trying to kill the project. If you live in Central Florida, please show your support!
FDFC Board Meeting to approve Virgin Trains USA bonds
Date: Friday, April 5 Time: 3:00pm Location: Hyatt Regency, Orlando International Airport 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando Airport Combined Rooms: Orly through Mirabel
"It is an honor to be recognized by the Rail Passengers Association for my efforts to strengthen and expand America’s passenger rail. Golden spikes were once used by railroads to mark the completion of important rail projects, so I am truly grateful to receive the Golden Spike Award as a way to mark the end of a career that I’ve spent fighting to invest in our country’s rail system. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, it has been my priority to bolster funding for Amtrak, increase and expand routes, look to the future by supporting high-speed projects, and improve safety, culminating in $66 billion in new funding in the Bipartisan infrastructure Law."
Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
March 30, 2022, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his years of dedication and commitment to passenger rail.