More Floridians will be able to travel by passenger train when Brightline opens its South Florida to Central Florida rail line in 2023. Currently, it is actively building a line to connect stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.
“The City of Orlando is thrilled to welcome Brightline to Central Florida,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said on Brightline’s website. “This new high-speed rail service will serve as an important connection between South and Central Florida as we continue to expand our transit options and strive to ensure reliable transportation for everyone who wants to live, work or visit Orlando.
Once the rail line is complete, the trip from Orlando to West Palm Beach should take about 2 hours, with a top speed of 200 km/h.
Brightline South Terminal
Brightline’s new South Terminal at Orlando International Airport is part of the Phase 2 expansion in Central Florida. It is a massive infrastructure project with four areas including the Orlando International Airport area and the Brightline Vehicle Maintenance Facility.
This phase also includes an extension of Tampa.
The project will use 225 million pounds of American steel, including laying 490,000 tiles and transporting 2.35 million tons of granite and limestone by 20,000 railcars. Approximately 2 million spikes and bolts will be hammered into place over the next 36 months.
Brightline says it will also create $6.4 billion for the state’s economy, creating more than 2,000 jobs after the line is built, 10,000 jobs from the construction of rail lines, and more than $653 million. dollars in federal, state and local tax revenue.
Brightline announced two additional stops in Aventura and Boca Raton. The first day of service for these stations will be December 21, 2022. You can get a one-way ticket for as little as $10 on the website or app.
The schedule will operate during morning and evening peak hours on weekdays. Outside peak hours and on weekends, Brightline will run north and south approximately every two hours. Scheduled hourly and commuter service will continue to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Brightline is a modern and environmentally friendly intercity rail line. It serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with open stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and Orlando. The company plans to expand its service to more cities across the country. There are immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.
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