This week Brightline announced that construction on its long-awaited South Florida to Orlando rail project has reached the halfway mark. We have been watching the construction take place along along SR-528, and are pleased to finally hear that completion is expected in late 2022. Once finished, the corridor will connect Orlando International Airport and West Palm Beach, and from there to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
The company held the announcement at the future site for its vehicle maintenance facility (VMF) just south of the Orlando International Airport (OIA). The progress on Brightline’s VMF and 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to OIA represent the company’s $4.2 billion-dollar private investment into the state of Florida.
“Today, Brightline is halfway home to Orlando as we progress toward completion of one of the nation’s largest and most significant transportation projects,” said Brightline’s CEO Mike Reininger. “This is just one major milestone of Brightline’s progress and investment of more than $4 billion dollars which serves as a powerful example to those across the country who are calling for the creation of a national high-speed rail network.”
Brightline currently has operations and stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The company currently has plans for additional stations in Boca Raton and Aventura, and discussions are underway with local stakeholders regarding expansion to Disney and Tampa.
Brightline states that upon completion, Florida will be home to some of the fastest, most efficient and eco-friendly trains running in the United States.
Learn more at: Gobrightline.com