Brightline Now Has 1,320 Construction Workers Building Miami-Orlando Line, Confirms Resumption Of Hourly Service In Q4

Brightline says that it sees a strong recovery and outlook for the Florida economy, and the company is now ramping up plans to resume service in the Miami area while also going full speed on construction of a new line to Orlando.

There are now over 1,320 construction workers actively engaged in the buildout of Brightline’s Miami to Orlando rail line, the company told investors last week.

Substantial completion of the Orlando line is expected in December 2022, and remains on time despite the impact of coronavirus, the company said. The budget for the project has increased by $2 million  and remains around $2.7 billion.

Brightline also confirmed to investors that it will restart service between Miami and West Palm Beach in the fourth quarter of this year, as it hinted to passengers in a survey sent earlier this month.

The service will run hourly.

The company said it has already started rehiring key personnel to allow for the Q4 restart.

 

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POLO
5 months ago

Why can we build a REAL high speed train like in China, Europe, and Japan? China 20 years ago didn’t have any high speed rail. Today, China has the world’s biggest, and fastest high speed train system. The answere is we have , and have had a do nothing Congress for the last 50 years. They are too busy backing yestrday’ s technologies, like oil, and coal.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Well, blame Rick Scott for turning down Federal Funds from the Obama administration that would’ve gave Florida a 168 mph high speed rail line.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Really?! Who would have known that all you needed to have high speed rail was a governor who accepts Federal funds. As we speak, I am planning on hoping on California’s high speed rail! Oh wait….

Federal funds are not the end all be all. The State would have been on the hook for hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in cost overruns and other liabilities.

Anonymous William
5 months ago

Well said! Scott saved FLorida countless Billions and likely would never had any rail. Brightline is coming through, without significant public subsidies. Go Brightline!

Anonymous
5 months ago

“Really?! Who would have known that all you needed to have high speed rail was a governor who accepts Federal funds”

Haha.. I wonder where would Rick Scott be if he wasn’t able to plead the 5th around 50 times in court when the health insurance company that was under his watch at the time, scammed the U.S. taxpayers out of over $100 million dollars and had to pay a helluva fine for that?

Sure you didn’t know that one of the biggest insurance companies in this nation that was under your watch at the time was running a scam on the U.S. taxpayers… wink ><

lol…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Do you really think that if there was something amiss with Rick Scott, The Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, NPR etc. would not be all over it trying to take him down? As a governor for 8 years and a sitting US senator, the spotlight is on him at all times.

Instead of commenting on substance of the comment, you attack Rick Scott as if that somehow discredits everything else.

Florida Man
5 months ago

There was something amiss….Rick Scott was forced out by his own board and the company later plead guilty to 14 felony counts…..he walked away with 300 million and avoided any legal action…..

Anonymous
5 months ago

Thanks Florida Man. This guy mentions media outlets like they’re courts of law.

lol…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Was Rick Scott ever indicted in any court of law? If there were no charges against Rick Scott, the individual, then all allegations are just that, allegations. In our country, you are innocent until proven guilty.

Living off A1A
5 months ago

Well… that was only between Orlando & Tampa. And, TBH, a pretty rotten plan. The I-4 Corridor was designed by FDOT to be a future rail ROW. Now, the Orlando segment is full of Expre$$ Lane$. The entire idea would have been a financial boondoggle and require another 10-years of “environmental studies”. It’s too bad that the funds couldn’t be redirected to another Florida-wide proposal. But the way the legislation was written >>> it was a mess.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Brightline will use the I 4 alignment for access to Tampa. The only difference is that the previous plan and an electrified line. Brightline uses a much cheaper method to get from Miami to Orlando which makes the project financially viable.

Anonymous
5 months ago

That one really worked well for California??
Educate yourself, before sounding like a clown.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Where would you propose the money to come from to build and maintain a “Real” high speed train?

Does it matter that China is a totalitarian state that can build whatever it wants wherever it so chooses, regardless of its citizens? Do you think that China bothers with environmental studies or enforcing labor laws like we do in the US? For the residents of China’s first tier cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai the trains are incredible. For the unfortunate hundreds of millions of China’s poor that do not live in the glitzy costal cities, they are left footing the bill whilst having to be content with crumbling infrastructure and horrible living conditions. Also, like Europe, all of the high speed train lines are subsidized or in the case of China, wholly owned by the government. The only place where high-speed rail has been able to turn a profit is on one or two lines in Japan.

I also fail to see how the US backs coal. We have practically decommissioned a lions share of our Coal Industry with the advent of Fracking which has been shown to be much more efficient with a smaller footprint on greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, China has been churning out coal-fired power plants nearly every two weeks. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Coal is a dead industry. Thank heavens. Just ask a sick coal miner in Kentucky.

Anonymous
5 months ago

But Trump told the coal miners in this country, he will save their industry?..

Anonymous
5 months ago

Ummm….that is an absolutely false statement.
And…why would a sick coal miner in KY necessarily have a world wide perspective on an industry?
Of forget it….
Better question….why do I waste my keystrokes on people who are obviously mentally subpar.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Excellent post.
WE NEED high speed rail because Communist China has one.

Anonymous
5 months ago

this countries 2 party system is broken… and has no leadership with vision…its all about preventing the other guy from winning

POLO
5 months ago

Very true!

Anonymous
5 months ago

The establishment parties (rembmber the 15 fools on the stage going up against Trump?) are the worst.

The America First Agenda and the policies that were implemented could only have articulated and implemented by a non-politician.

Anonymous
5 months ago

That would be the Senate.

Jensen
5 months ago

We don’t have the population density as those countries. There are billions of people in China. Japan is the size of New England. Italy has over 80 million people and is about the size of Florida. We can never have the cost efficiencies as these countries with different densities. Flying air taxis for regional travel is the way of the future.

Anonymous
5 months ago

We dont have the density in most of the country for it CCP mouth piece

ZivBnd
4 months ago

We in the USA have four problems that make construction of high speed rail problematic at this point.
First there are pretty severe limits on Eminent Domain now, the days of bulldozing communities in a nearly willy nilly fashion are pretty much gone. Getting the curvy train lines straightened out to allow for faster HSR lines takes a lot of public good will, or a dictatorial nation state with a people that are pretty much cowed into following the directives of their governmental leadership, like China.
Second, the USA has a lower population density compared to most other nations, around 93 people per square mile. China is 4 times that, as is the EU. Japan has 9 times as many people per mile as the US. 9 times. Lower density means longer routes between cities and that negatively impacts nearly every aspect of the passenger railroad industry.
And then there is the regulatory environment that construction companies work within. The Environmental Impact Study alone can take years in the US, vs. months in China. You do the math.
Finally, there is a certain combination of corruption AND incompetence involved in large construction projects in California and the North East. Having just one or the other would be fairly typical for the rest of the US but they have both and together they make every project incredibly expensive, slow and the final product is less than what was bargained for.
Amtrak’s current slow improvement on the Acela route is probably as good as the US can do in the short term. Brightrail is quick but nowhere near HSR speed. What Amtrak needs to do is take a look at the slowest portions of the most heavily trafficked Amtrak routes and slowly but steadily buy the land parcels that would allow for a straighter track or to add additional trackage (which would be shared with the freight railroads when not needed by Amtrak passenger trains using a quid pro quo arrangement where the freight rail companies give a higher priority to passenger trains in order to guarantee the use of the additional trackage when they are backed up), thereby bringing the most time saving/improved speeds needed to make the route quicker.
Well, that last paragraph was poorly written, but I hope you get my drift.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Imagine if there was no communist China virus and crappy Virgin deal. Brightline would be courting approval for extensions to Tampa and Jacksonville already.

RLK
5 months ago

Well. First of all, China has about 5 times the total population of the U.S. And large areas of very dense population. And the total population growth of the U.S. is barely above zero

A more interesting idea: Travel Less!!!

And H.S. rail is very inefficient, especially in sparsely populated areas, which is in fact most of the U.S.

And finally, H.S. Rail in China is very much the domain of upperclass and wealthy patrons.

So, given your desire for H.S. rail, why don’t you build one and prove it is good idea? Or, have you ever actually done anything??

Troy
5 months ago

Awesome news to hear? When will extending service to Jacksonville begin-which is a very badly needed passenger rail service?

Gayle Cohen
5 months ago

Can’t wait for new train!!! How does one inquire for career with Brightline??

Anonymous
5 months ago

yo

Shawn Kouri
5 months ago

Yeah yeah yeah Q4 they said that already. And it makes zero sense. They had earlier this year and even perhaps late last year 2020 to restart operations and services. They even said spring of 2021 before. Come on.

Anonymous
5 months ago

It says they’re hiring people to restart. They can’t just restart on a dime they laid everyone off when covid started. Tho I agree it’s pretty late

Living off A1A
5 months ago

The AAF/Brightline Business Model is dependent on the Phase-2 Orlando segment. Thanks to the NIMBY crap along the so-called ‘Treasure Coast’ the build-out is years behind. Re-opening the tri-county segment is a money-looser without Orlando. If Brightline is to look at their long-term viability, why would it risk financial stability by resuming operations too soon? Probably COVID was the best thing for their bankroll.

Now they need to concentrate on the signaling and PTC to merge the Tri-Rail online to Miami Central. Plus the proposals for CoastalLink… Since SFTRA can’t get their %^& together…