Brightline Expects To Have Rail Connection From Miami To Tampa Operating By 2028

Brightline is now targeting a 2028 opening date for a rail service that would begin in Miami and end in Tampa, according to Florida Today.

An executive for the company also confirmed that the cost of a Brightline ticket between Miami and Orlando would be around $100.

Construction between Miami and Orlando is now 63% complete, with service expected to begin in early 2023, the executive said.

Travel time is expected to be a little over three hours – faster than “the best-circumstance driving trip,” he added.

An onward connection to Disney Springs is also planned, but there are groups in Orlando trying to hold up the project in an effort to make the company take a longer route. Brightline says the alternative proposal would be more expensive to build.

From Disney, an 84-mile extension to Tampa is planned. Environmental review on that leg is currently underway.

The Miami to Orlando extension is forecast to cost $2.7 billion. An extension from Orlando to Tampa will bring the company’s total investment in Florida to $8 billion.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

I wonder if there will ever be enough growth and demand on the west coast to validate and expansion to Sarasota, fort Myers, down to Naples and then across the Everglades back to south Florida to make a complete loop

Anonymous
1 month ago

If Spirit expands services, we’ll all need it to take vacations on the west coast.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Where do you vacation now?

Anonymous
1 month ago

azeroth

Daniel
1 month ago

That would be amazing!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The environmental impact would make any proposal building fresh rail lines in the Everglades dead on arrival.

The entire point of a railway is to be environmentally friendly so bulldozeing hundreds of acres of federally protected land is a no go

Anonymous
1 month ago

DOT already owns the right of way along alligator alley. Should be able to pass environmental review on that

Azarius
1 month ago

This is good new. I think brightline would benefit from taking the longer route in Orlando (by Universal and Convention center, international Blvd) it’ll service more ppl other than Disney and take right to the entertainment areas. Let’s transfers and more convenient!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I need this, I personally work at least once a month in Tampa and want to see this and use it user rather than later.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Take a plane!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

tampa connection by 2028 and tri rail to downtown by 2058?

Anonymous
1 month ago

metro-mono-mover-rail to miami beach in 2078

Anonymous
1 month ago

7 years!? It took Henry Flagler only two years to lay track from Saint Augustine to Palm Beach.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Construction is the easy part. Flagler didn’t have to deal with lawsuits hellbent to killing the project with delays.

Anonymous
1 month ago

> but there are groups in Orlando trying to hold up the project in an effort to make the company take a longer route

Interesting take. I believe the understanding is that route would offer service to more people, more businesses and provided more local connectivity.

Azarius
1 month ago

Would but that wouldn’t give Disney upper hand advantage over Universal

Anonymous
1 month ago

no its universal studios and other parks are angry that the proposed disney route does not include them….the longer route they want includes other parks

Paul
1 month ago

Not just Universal but the convention center as well. The added cost of the proposed alignment is well over $1B so it’s understandable that Brightline is pushing back.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I live in Orlando, used to live in MIA, problem is with the Universal route is Brightline says it will cost about an extra billion, because they are going to have to go through a more developed area to take it through Universal and I Drive corridor before it gets to Disney. That is the hang up, most locals want the extra stop, because airport to convention center/idrive/universal area to Disney would remove a ton of cars off the road and provide transportation to the 2nd largest convention space in the country, plus all the obvious numbers at Universal and Disney. Its kind of obvious to go through that area, except for the extra billion that they estimate it would cost. Brightline is the one that doesn’t want to do it, most in Orlando prefer that it would go that way. The only naysayers locally are basically some HOA’s that don’t want a train going through their backyard……..and Brightline.

Livin' off A1A
1 month ago

Exactly. The alignment along SR417 is a more direct route to the centerline median of I-4, where the interstate was designed to accommodate “future” rail traffic, namely FLHSR project that then Gov Scott killed. The “locals” want more to be addressed with using the SR528 alignment, which has a larger buffer zone within the ROW. AAAAAAANNNNNDDDD will connect with OCCC, I-Drive & Universal Orlando Resort. Also, the train would head-out of the station having turned off of the 528, southbound to the Terminal C station. Then continue south to the 417. If the 528 to Tampa is required–then return northbound and then switch to westbound. All-in-all, not a bad thing… except for that $1-Billion extra cost.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least it shows the demand is there, invalidating the “people will rent cars instead” argument.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still cheaper and 1000x better than flying but definitely not cheap

Anonymous
1 month ago

relatively agreed, but 100 feels good to me. A trip to-and-from Orlando is basically 2 tanks of gas. With gas prices back up on the up-and-up, the gas still comes out a bit less but not by much, and I dont have to deal with the anxiety of driving.

quality of the secondary travel options once at-destination will be a real key factor.

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIA to Orlando 1 way is $40 on American Airlines (or $29 on Frontier). How is $100 even comparable?

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re assuming everyone likes to fly… they don’t.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The fact it’s an option is good enough, we can all agree it will have its fans, just as with the other options. Everyone wins, and that’s always the best outcome, cheers!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I feel like Amtrak if they end up completing their plan would provide incredibly competitive trips.

Anonymous
1 month ago

By 2028, they still won’t have figured out how to expand the platforms for Amtrak at the Miami Airport Station. Pathetic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Make it 2025

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

OK. I know they can have it done a lot earlier than that. At least by 2025 or 2026.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami need some casinos…

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need more universities, cultural centers corporate offices. We let casinos for Hollywood and Dania beach. These classic locations.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“We need more universities”

Forget universities, the way you wrote that garbage shows that you need to go back to an elementary school again.

Bring on the Casinos!

Anonymous
1 month ago

itd be funny if they did it again in west miami lol.

Historically, the city of west miami broke off from Miami and Coral gables because they wanted to keep casinos and gambling. Im not really all that big on casinos but I love the idea of tiny-little west miami somehow becoming the gambling mecca of Miami again LOL

Anonymous
1 month ago

exciting news

Anonymous
1 month ago

Glade to see trains are making a comeback. Hopefully we get those bullet trains up and running from overseas or make it in house.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Texas Central Railway.

Connor
1 month ago

I live in Tampa. A direct connection to Disney would be so amazing i cant even explain

Yet Another Anonymous
1 month ago

320 miles

Anonymous
1 month ago

“the company also confirmed that the cost of a Brightline ticket between Miami and Orlando would be around $100.”

That means that a roundtrip costs somewhere ‘around’ $200… which means $250. That seems a touch, much. How can Europe have train travel that is usable and affordable but the U.S. cannot? I know that Europe subsidizes their rail service but c’mon. Two years ago I took a round trip, high-speed, train from Madrid to Seville for $160 roundtrip. Similar distance but one way only took 2.5 hours and cost about 30% less. Brightline’s market is obviously not Floridians; it’s tourists.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Two years ago, what was the exchange rate in American dollars and Spain’s currency?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It was about 1 USD to 1.25 Euros. I kept track of my expenses and it cost me $160 dollars, not 160 Euros.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Edit my previous post… it was around $1.25 dollars to 1 Euro.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You answered your own question–thru taxpayer subsidies.

As a taxpayer, I’m not interested in subsidizing something as frivolous as vacation travel for people.