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May 9, 2007
Mar. 22, 2012
Oct. 3, 2013
Sept. 11, 2014
Oct. 29, 2014
Nov. 12, 2014
Dec. 22, 2014
U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Peter Rogoff approves a provisional allocation of private activity bonds (PABs) for $1.75 billion to All Aboard Florida.
April 27, 2015
Martin County files a federal lawsuit against the USDOT challenging All Aboard Florida’s $1.75 billion worth of tax-exempt bonds. At issue: the county claims USDOT didn’t have the
authority to approve the bond sale until a study measuring the train’s impact on the environment was complete. The Martin County suit is the second against the USDOT (Indian River County filed suit on March 31, 2015).
Aug. 4, 2015
Nov. 9, 2015
USDOT provisionally grants financing of the $1.75 billion using tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs).
Sept. 30, 2016
In response to the Indian River and Martin counties lawsuit, All Aboard Florida withdraws its original application for $1.75 billion worth of bonds.
In its place, AAF applies for a smaller bond sale of just $600 million (earmarked specifically for Phase I of the project).
Nov. 28, 2016
USDOT withdraws its 2014 approval of the sale of $1.75 billion worth of bonds by All Aboard Florida. In its place, the agency grants provisional permission for the aforementioned smaller bond sale of just $600 million.
Dec. 14, 2016
Feb. 11, 2017
One of BrightBlue’s locomotives derails in West Palm Beach. The trainset had over $400k in damage.
Feb. 14, 2017
Mar. 13, 2017
BrightPink, the company’s second set of locomotives and passenger cars, arrives in Florida.
Mar. 28, 2017
May 10, 2017
bonds, the issue is moot.
May 11, 2017
July 24, 2017
Oct. 5, 2017
BrightRed, the company’s fifth and final trainset (locomotive and railcars), is delivered.
October 30, 2017
exempt bonds. The money is earmarked strictly for Phase I of the rail project. FDFC is the conduit issuer of the bonds.
Nov. 2, 2017
Dec. 18, 2017
In a meeting with the Florida Development Finance Group, Brightline sought a $1.15 billion tax-exempt bond sale to finance the Orlando leg (Phase II) of the rail project. Just five
Jan. 12, 2018
On eve of starting limited service between Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, 32-year-old Melissa Lavell was killed by a Brightline train. The accident happened at 6:25pm on a VIP preview run when a northbound train struck Lavell as she was attempting to cross near Northeast Sixth Avenue in in Boynton Beach. Witnesses told police Lavell ducked under the guardrails. This was Brightline’s third fatality and its second in Palm Beach County.
Jan. 13, 2018
Brightline service officially begins, kicking off with an 8am train leaving West Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale.
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