Brightline Gets Final Approval For Phase 2 To Orlando

Finally, Brightline can begin construction on the leg to Orlando after gaining federal approval last week.

Its is the last approval needed before work can begin, following years of study. Construction will get underway in early 2018.

Tickets and corporate packages for the first phase to Miami have already been presold, with service to launch in early 2018. Simulated service was expected to begin last week.

 

Brightline Achieves Another Major Milestone with Final Environmental Approval by U.S. DOT
DECEMBER 15, 2017

Company to launch service to Miami and start construction on Phase 2 expansion to Orlando in early 2018

MIAMI – December 15, 2017 – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Record of Decision for the privately funded Brightline intercity passenger rail project between Miami and Orlando. The Record of Decision (ROD) represents the final step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process after the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued in 2015 and is the last federal environmental approval needed to construct the system between West Palm Beach and Orlando. This decision marks the achievement of another significant milestones for the company as it gears up to launch Phase 1 of its service and start construction north of West Palm Beach.

“This is the most critical and final step in the extension of Brightline’s service to Orlando, and we are excited to move forward with Phase 2,” said Dave Howard, Brightline’s CEO. “This was a great year for us as we completed construction on two of our major stations and rail infrastructure, successfully presold tickets and corporate packages to individuals and businesses throughout the region and priced $600 million in Private Activity Bonds to fund Phase 1. We look forward to launching service to Miami and starting construction north to Orlando in the first quarter of 2018.”

For the past four years, the Federal Railroad Administration, the lead agency, has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, numerous local agencies, water management districts, cities and counties on the development and issuance of the FEIS. The process included extensive public outreach, including dozens of public meetings and the submission and consideration of thousands of public comments.

The project is moving full speed ahead. Over the next few months, Brightline will finalize the design for the rail infrastructure and the 70-acre Vehicle Maintenance Facility that will be located on Orlando International Airport property. Construction of the system will create thousands of jobs and provide a much-needed link between Florida’s two most visited and populated regions.

Brightline’s station in Orlando will be located at the Orlando International Airport’s new Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) that will be the hub of the future South Terminal complex. The ITF is connected to the North Terminal by a recently completed Automated People Mover and includes a 5,000-space parking garage. SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter rail system, has a planned connection to the ITF. The completion of the South Terminal will add 16 new gates for international and domestic flights.

Brightline will announce the launch date for the start of introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach soon. The company expects to become fully operational and extend service into downtown Miami in early 2018.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Are those the stewardesses in the last photo?? Clever way to get me to travel Brightline. lol

Empowered
3 years ago

You’re gross. Are you also sexually harassing women at work?

Anonymous
3 years ago

You must be soooooofun at office Christmas parties….*eyeroll*

Anonymous
3 years ago

That response is pretty gross. Case in point here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Put a cork in it Karen. Nobody cares about your feelings.Go cry to HR.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t be such a fudging prude. We’re just having fun here. It means nothing. Geez.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Typical feminist. Gross in itself.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I doubt you have anything to worry about. Little chance you’re close to as attractive as the women in that photo.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can’t tell if troll or legit idiot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Feminist are even more outrage about everything now so their most likely legit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

While they may be scantily clad, they are not on a flyboard nor are they playing the saxophone. Brightline clearly missed a major opportunity here

peej
3 years ago

Seeing how the photos are from a Miami Heat / Brightline event, I assume they’re Dancers from the Heat dance team.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not all of us swing that way. Gimme some hot guys in cute little outfits and I’m there!!! 😉

BDub
3 years ago

From the reflection in the window it looks like someone is taking their order.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes!!! lets start building

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great option for all the train fans.

Preston33154
3 years ago

As a commuter… this is the most amazing news! I live in Miami Beach and work in Orlando. It can’t come soon enough!

Anonymous
3 years ago

i hope you dont commute everyday or is your job is to drive

Anonymous
3 years ago

love the last pic…i am sold

UrbanImpact
3 years ago

I can’t find anywhere to buy tickets???
“Tickets and corporate packages for the first phase to Miami have already been presold, with service to launch in early 2018. Simulated service was expected to begin last week.”

suomynona
3 years ago

I’ve seen the trains running/testing in the Aventura and North Miami areas for weeks now.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’ve seen the same in Broward next to funky Buddha.

Brickell Lover
3 years ago

In California, they have a train to connect San Diego to DWTN LA……perfect.
People respect others.
I can only be negative with Miami (being born in Miami) with all of the people speaking on their speakerphones/ iPhones… annoying all around them with disregard for others/ kids with not parental control.
We are a different coast. Not pleasant.
I think I will choose a flight as long as its a non-cellphone flight.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They will shoot you to dead in L.A. for a parking space…..