Brightline on Track to Open New Stations Next Year

first_imgBrightline says it is on track to open its three new South Florida stations by the end of next year.The rail service’s financial filing states that the Boca Raton and Aventura stations will begin service in October 2020. Meanwhile, a PortMiami station is expected to start service by December of next year. The three new stops are projected to add two million passengers to Brightline’s annual ridership.In addition, the service will officially be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA in the coming months.The Boca Raton City Council is scheduled to vote on that city’s proposed station on December 10. Mayor Scott Singer, who is seeking re-election, stated in a newsletter last week that the deal just got “a lot sweeter for residents.” He added that the plan “has moved in the right direction,” with the rail line agreeing to contribute more than $25 million toward the station and parking garage. The city and company would then share parking profits.Singer also explained that the company has agreed to:-Lease the land from the city and pay all expenses, maintenance and insurance.-Pay up to $300,000 to relocate a community garden adjacent to the railroad tracks.-Keep parking for a nearby library free, with a dedicated entrance to the garage, while increasing the number of available spaces for library patrons.-Extend the distance between the garage and a small group of residences neighboring the station.Brightline spokesman Mike Hicks responds, “Brightline, soon to be known as Virgin Trains USA, continues working with Mayor Singer, the city council and city staff on a partnership that will deliver a Brightline connection to Boca Raton by the end of 2020. We’ve seen tremendous support from residents and business leaders throughout the process.”The company and city are working to identify funding sources for a pedestrian bridge that would go from the station to downtown.According to Singer, the lease of the city’s land for the station “does not require construction of a pedestrian bridge. The City Council has discussed our interest in pursuing transportation grants to assist with the cost of a bridge. It is still something we are exploring.”Brightline’s company filing says the rail line expects “design, permitting and early works” for the Boca Raton station to begin by the end of this year.Miami-Dade County is contributing more than $80 million to fund the Aventura and PortMiami stations.The Orlando extension is expected to begin operations in 2022, the company’s filing said.Through October 31, the system had carried 784,487 passengers, up 96 percent over the same period last year. Ticket revenue stood at $13.3 million, an increase of 171 percent from the same period in 2018.The average fare per passenger is now $16.92, up from $12.25 last year.last_img read more

Tuesday September 10th Local Sports

first_imgClass 4A1. Ankeny Centennial (2-0), LW #2 vs Waterloo West2. WDM Valley (2-0), LW #5 @ #3 Kennedy3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-0), LW #4 vs #2 Valley4. Dowling Catholic (1-1), LW #1 vs Johnston5. Bettendorf (2-0), LW #6 vs Dubuque Hempstead6. Cedar Falls (2-0), LW #7 vs #7 Ankeny7. Ankeny (1-1), LW #8 @ #6 Cedar Falls8. Southeast Polk (1-1), LW (X) vs Iowa City West9. Fort Dodge (2-0), LW #10 vs Indianola10.Cedar Rapids Prairie (2-0), LW (X) @ Waukee DES MOINES — A baby Rhino at a Des Moines zoo is going with the home team in Saturday’s Cy-Hawk showdown. Kamara was born in April but got her first chance to pick a winner at the Blank Park Zoo.That’s Spokesman Ryan Bickel. Moments later the 500 pound infant charged out of her cage and headed straight to the Hawkeye box.Which bucks a trend that has seen the Hawkeyes win the last four games in the series. Bickel cautions fans against using the result at one of the state’s new sports books.As of this morning,  many Las Vegas sports books have The University of Iowa as a 1-2 point favorite. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Having missed 19 of his first 34 games in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings because of injuries, running back Dalvin Cook has barely scratched the surface of the impact he can make carrying the ball, and occasionally catching it. Quarterback Kirk Cousins even good-naturedly nicknamed Cook the “White Tiger,” in reference to the exotic animal zoo-goers often flock to see. This year, Cook and the Vikings are counting on his regular presence. The opening win against Atlanta was a strong start. DES MOINES — Radio Iowa High School Football Poll — September 9, 2019 Eight-man1. Don Bosco (2-0), LW #1 vs Rockford2. Turkey Valley (2-0), LW #4 vs Midland (Wyoming)3. New London (2-0), LW #6 @ WACO4. Remsen St. Mary’s (2-0), LW #5 vs Kingsley-Pierson5. Iowa Valley (2-0), LW #7 vs English Valleys6. Coon Rapids-Bayard (2-0), LW (X) vs Woodbine7. Audubon (2-1), LW #8 vs Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton8. Lenox (3-0), LW #9 vs Seymour9. Glidden-Ralston (2-0), LW #10 @ CAM10.Newell-Fonda (1-1), LW #2 vs Siouxland Christian AMES — There will be an amped-up pre-game atmosphere for this year’s Iowa-Iowa State football game. For the first time, E-S-P-N’s College Football GameDay will broadcast from Ames on Saturday.Jack Whitver of Ankeny, a prominent state senator, was a starting wide receiver for the Cyclones.   “GameDay, for the last 25 years, has been the traveling TV show that goes to the biggest game every week,” Whitver says. “To get GameDay to come to your stadium is a big deal…It really just kind of solidifies Iowa State as an up-and-coming football program and just kind of puts them on the map.”Each week, College GameDay features a celebrity from the host school who makes predictions about the game. Whitver suggests a former I-S-U quarterback he played with 15 years ago is an option.  “Seneca Wallace would probably be a top choice or Dan McCarney,” Whitver says. “He played at Iowa, coached at Iowa State, so he has ties to both schools. He really helped build the (ISU) program.”Fans will camp out in Ames to be part of the show’s atmosphere when it goes live on E-S-P-N at 8 a.m. Saturday. Whitver says it’s an opportunity to not only showcase Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and his football program, but the entire state of Iowa. “You have our marque game, with both teams there,” Whitver says. “It’s going to be a really exciting day for the state.”Some former I-S-U athletes playing in the N-F-L and the N-B-A have been tweeting about coming back for the big game — and the morning broadcast.  “A lot of them will come back anyway because it’s the Iowa-Iowa State game,” Whitver says, “but having GameDay there just gives them another reason to come back.” The game kicks off in Ames at 3 p.m. Saturday. 1A1. West Sioux (2-0), LW #1 vs Sioux Center2. Dike-New Hartford (2-0), LW #2 vs North Butler3. Van Meter (2-0), LW #3 vs Madrid4. West Branch (2-0), LW #4 @ 2A-#5 Williamsburg5. West Lyon (2-0), LW #5 vs Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley6. Mediapolis (2-0), LW #6 @ Pekin7. Western Christian (Hull) (2-0), LW (X) vs Sioux City Heelan8. South Central Calhoun (2-0), LW #8 vs IKM-Manning9. Mount Ayr (2-0), LW #9 vs Central Decatur10.Treynor (2-0), LW (X) vs Shenandoah AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is thrilled to have College GameDay be part of the buildup to Saturday’s game against 19th ranked Iowa. The ESPN show will make its first ever visit to the ISU campus.Campbell says they hope to keep the distractions to a minimum.Campbell says how the Cyclones handle the hoopla surrounding the game will be a factor in the outcome.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 3 o’clock. 2A1. Waukon (2-0), LW #1 vs New Hampton2. Clear Lake (2-0), LW #2 @ Garner-Hayfield-Ventura3. Algona (2-0), LW #5 vs Emmetsburg4. Crestwood (1-1), LW #3 @ Waverly-Shell Rock5. Williamsburg (1-1), LW #4 vs 1A-#4 West Branch6. Des Moines Christian (2-0), LW #6 @ Ogden7. Waterloo Columbus (2-0), LW #9 @ East Marshall8. Greene County (2-0), LW #10 vs Saydel9. Benton (2-0), LW (X) @ Center Point-Urbana10.Southeast Valley (2-0), LW (X) vs Blemond-Klemme Class A1. West Hancock (2-0), LW #1 vs Osage2. Wapsie Valley (2-0), LW #3 @ #5 North Tama3. Saint Ansgar (2-0), LW #4 vs Starmont4. Edgewood-Colesburg (2-0), LW #5 vs East Buchanan5. North Tama (2-0), LW #9 vs #2 Wapsie Valley6. Westwood (Sloan) (1-1), LW #7 @ AHSTW7. BGM (Brooklyn) (2-0), LW (X) vs North Mahaska8. Grundy Center (2-0), LW #4 vs BCLUW9. Algona Garrigan (1-1), LW (X) vs Lake Mills10.South O’Brien (2-0), LW (X) @ Alta-Aurelia Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (2-0), LW #1 @ Decorah2. Solon (2-0), LW #2 @ Marion3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (2-0), LW #3 @ #7 Assumption (Thur)4. North Scott (2-0), LW #4 vs Pleasant Valley5. Pella (2-0), LW #5 vs Norwalk6. Lewis Central (2-0), LW #6 vs C.B. Abe Lincoln7. Davenport Assumption (2-0), LW #8 vs #3 Xavier (Thur)8. Glenwood (2-0), LW #9 @ Carroll Kuemper9. Webster City (2-0), LW (X) @ Waterloo East10.Sergeant Bluff-Luton (1-1), LW (X) @ Sioux City East (Thur)last_img read more

Fanad Coast Walk to take place on Saturday morning

first_imgThe very popular annual Fanad Coast Walk will take place this Saturday on the 1st of July.Organisers have been busy putting the final touches to the event which is a 25k coastal walk in picturesque Fanad.Proceeds from this year’s charity event will go to the RNLI and Donegal Community Counselling Service. Registration takes place at Stores Bar, Portsalon from 9am to 10am. Half distance registration is at the Lighthouse Tavern from 12 noon.Registration is €20 with family rates available. Check points on route and pull out points on route with transport back to Portsalon.Refreshments are served after walk. Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch and water.Don’t forget suntan lotion and camera to capture flowers and fauna, nesting birds, seals, dolphins and maybe whales or baskers. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed.For further information contact Fin 0863826328 / Evelyn 0868062579 or check out Facebook, Fanad Coastal Walk.Fanad Coast Walk to take place on Saturday morning was last modified: June 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fanad coast walklast_img read more