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      Republican Club of Indian River County to host Virgin Trains USA in Vero Beach

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      June 6, 2019

      Thursday   5:00 PM

      4985 Club Terrace
      Vero Beach, Florida 32967

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      Republican Club of Indian River County to host Virgin Trains USA

      The Republican Club of Indian River County will host Rusty Roberts, Vice President of Government Affairs at Virgin Trains USA - formerly Brightline Trains - at its next monthly meeting on Thursday, June 6th at the Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, according to club president Frank Sosta. Attorney Paul Westcott will moderate and present an opposing point of view.  Hosted by the Republican Club of Indian River, a full dinner will be served at the Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a cocktail hour – meeting starts promptly at 6:00. Mandatory RSVP is required – tickets start at $35.00. _____________________ Virgin Trains USA, formerly Brightline, is an express inter-city rail system in Florida, United States. The company is a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), where it initially operated under the name, "All Aboard Florida." It is currently owned and operated by Fortress Investment Group, with Virgin Group providing branding rights and acting as a minority investor. Virgin Trains USA is currently the United States' only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad. Virgin Trains USA's service runs between Miami and West Palm Beach with a single intermediate stop at Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach segment opened on January 13, 2018, followed by Fort Lauderdale–Miami on May 19. Virgin Trains recently announced that they've secured funding to extend the route to Orlando from West Palm Beach. The extension will consist of 40 miles of new track allowing for speeds of 125MPH. It will also include upgrading 129 miles of existing track to allow for passenger trains to operate at 110MPH. When completed in 2022, it will be the only modern high-speed passenger rail operated privately in the United States. In November 2018, it was announced that Brightline would have its name changed to Virgin Trains USA, coinciding with the Virgin Rail Group taking a minority shareholding in the concession, with Fortress continuing to hold controlling interest. It was formally rebranded on April 4, 2019.  

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