Brightline Service Will Be Up And Running In July, Second Train Coming This Week

Just a few months left until Brightline begins operating passenger trains.

MiamiCentral will have trains operating to Fort Lauderdale by August. Service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach starts in July.

The first train, BrightBlue, has already arrived. The second, BrightPink, is en route from California and will arrive this week.

The company has not yet started work on the West Palm Beach to Orlando leg. Several governments along the Treasure Coast have sued to prevent the company from selling bonds to finance construction of the leg.

Construction of the West Palm Beach to Orlando leg will take two years from whenever it begins.

 

Momentum Builds as Brightline Readies for Introductory Service This Summer

NATION’S ONLY PRIVATELY FUNDED PASSENGER RAIL SYSTEM PLANS TO OFFER INITIAL SERVICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Stations Nearing Completion and 2nd Train, BrightPink, on its Way

MIAMI – March 10, 2017 – Brightline, the only privately-funded express passenger rail system in the country, is within months of its much anticipated service launch, marking the first time a new private infrastructure passenger rail project will initiate operations in the US in more than 100 years. Today, the company announced projected timing for the pre-launch and initial introduction of the hospitality-focused service, providing a needed alternative to South Florida’s congested roadways. Introductory express service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July, followed by service to Miami in late August. The company is anticipating a grand opening and official launch of the train service in September.

Brightline will welcome BrightPink, the second of five custom built, innovative trainsets, next week. Three additional brightly hued trainsets will be delivered by May. Built by Siemens Rolling Stock in their state of the art Sacramento, California facility, Brightline’s trains are 100 percent Buy America compliant, using components from more than 40 suppliers across more than 20 states.

The line’s 60,000 square foot stations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are nearing completion. The expansive MiamiCentral station that includes elevated tracks is expected to be operational in conjunction with the introductory Miami train service. Rail infrastructure improvements on the corridor between West Palm Beach and Miami are 80 percent complete.

The company announced earlier this week that Dave Howard, a veteran executive from the sports and entertainment industry, has joined Brightline’s leadership team as Chief Executive Officer. Howard’s main focus will be setting a global standard of service excellence and exceptional care for Brightline’s guests. Ticket fares and frequent rider passes, along with Brightline’s mobile application, will be announced closer to the launch of service.

The company’s second phase will extend express train service to Orlando. While the line has been focused on launching the first phase of service from Miami to West Palm Beach, progress continues on Phase 2 to Orlando. The company is currently finalizing permitting and will have a better idea of timing to Orlando after operations begin this summer.

 

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Yet Another Anonymous
3 years ago

Ticket pricing?

marc
3 years ago

It’ll be competitive with flying.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can we as citizens of Florida counter sue the counties holding up the connection? Martin County can you please stop infrastructure improvements?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can’t wait to see the disaster that will be 36th Street when they shut down the grade crossing for a week near Biscayne.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Smh, this train isn’t even “fast”. Not really sure how they will compete with autonomous cars and actual high speed transport such as hyper loop. People will be much more comfortable traveling in their own autonomous vehicles with the leisure of stopping at any point vs being confined to a train with point A to point B. Good for the city but not forward thinking in my opinion. Would’ve been nice if it was actually high speed. Miami drivers can make it to Orlando in 3 hours anyway. Right? Sigh

Anonymous
3 years ago

@anonymous agreed. Seems like these companies are always missing the point. It doesnt matter if we are getting cars off the roads and saving on gas…if its not cutting the time by 75% at least, we are not where we should be. Seems like brightline and Tesla are on a collision course (lets hope not literally).

Anonymous
3 years ago

None of the companies you negative Nancy’s mentioned are even providing regular service at the moment. So when they leave the lab let us know. Otherwise, see you on the train!

Anonymous
3 years ago

they are coming faster than you think.. and we will have “new” outdated/obsolete infrastructure in miami faster than you think

Anonymous
3 years ago

These trains are capable of going higher speeds. They are capped right now at 90mph but can definitely go faster

Anonymous
3 years ago

1-What your saying makes sense, only if you are calling a service station by the Turnpike a leisure stop.
2-In a train kids have more freedom of movement, than in a car.
3-Most European tourist are very comfortable traveling by train.
4-Commute between Palm Beach and Miami will be way easier.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I can’t believe they spent all that taxpayer money to lay track all the way from California to get this train to Miami. HUGE WASTE. Come on, Florida!

Anonymous
3 years ago

You must be kidding me. This is all powered by Elon Musk and his grand view of the Hyperloop. Imagine Miami-SF in 2 hrs. Talk about Silicon Beach bro!

Anonymous
3 years ago

I wonder what amenities the train will have? Do you think it will cater to millenials? Ball pits etc?

Anonymous
3 years ago

You truly believe tax payers paid for a railroad from CA to FL to deliver a train….wow. Some people on here are just….SMH lol