Brightline To Begin Testing Trains On The Miami To Orlando Route For The First Time

After years of construction, Brightline will begin testing trains next week on a stretch of track that will connect Miami to Orlando.

Testing will begin the week of January 17, the company said in a press release.

According to Brightline, the trains will operate one roundtrip daily between West Palm Beach and Cocoa through 2022, as construction on the remainder of the tracks nears completion.

The north-south corridor between West Palm Beach and Cocoa includes 156 railroad crossings that are being upgraded with safety improvements. Improvements have been completed on more than half of the crossings with the additional crossing work to be completed this year.

In total, the familiarization and testing runs scheduled to begin next week will run for 130 miles.

The test trains are a federally approved method for engineers and conductors to learn the new territory, the company said.

The trains will not operate faster than 60 MPH during testing, and will be required to blow their horns at intersections.

Later, the company will test the final stretch of new tracks now being built between Cocoa and Orlando.

The project remains on track for construction to be complete by the end of 2022, with more than 1,300 workers working a cumulative 4.7M man hours to date.

Service is on schedule to begin in early 2023.

(photo: Brightline)

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Anonymous
13 days ago

Soon all of Florida will be connected by high quality, high speed rail. I hope the next 50 years sees the transformation of Florida from highway-land to HSR-land

Anonymous
13 days ago

Now is the time to put two or three resort casinos in Miami.

Anonymous
13 days ago

One would be plenty

Anonymous
13 days ago

Yeah, typical way too many people in Miami think – “dink & donk.”

Anonymous
13 days ago

.. and one on the train too.

Anonymous
13 days ago

In your wet dreams.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Triple deck all highways!!

Anonymous
13 days ago

LOL no. But cute.

Melo is sigma and chad
13 days ago

Now we need that Tampa connection planned

Anonymous
13 days ago

Ride it fast and hard, bitches!

Anonymous
13 days ago

There should be a station in Jupiter or PBG. I don’t live there, but I imagine it would be strange to drive 30-40 minutes south to WPB before getting back on a train to go north.

Melo is sigma and chad
13 days ago

It would make sense, of course not with as many stops at those stations like for the FTL and Miami ones.

Connor
13 days ago

Per Brightline, they plan to have a station somewhere on the treasure close a little more north and on the Space Coast. Stuart and Cocoa are the cities then prefer

Anonymous
13 days ago

I prefer Fort Pierce instead of Stuart.

Anonymous
13 days ago

That would just be adding way too many stops to the southern section of the route. With 5 stations in south FL already I think adding more would defeat the entire HSR purpose. Municipalities need to create their own respective transportation networks that connect to those stations already implemented i.e. Metrorail in Miami. I would say FTL already needs its own independent network connecting growing parts of Broward with its downtown + Brightline.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The train doesn’t have to stop at every station. It can depart from Miami and go straight to Orlando

Anonymous
13 days ago

You can’t have “too many stops”. They just need to have a mixture of local and express trains. There would be some that only stop at the main stations and others that call at every station. That’s how it’s done on all major rail lines.

Poncho
13 days ago

Or an A-B skip stop system… A trains stop at these intermediate stations, B trains stop at those intermediate stations… common on major passenger rail lines.

Anonymous
13 days ago

PBG needs a Tri-Rail station, at least.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Look up Loxahatchee Station. I saw it on a Brightline document that outlined all the different phases of stations to open. Being from Jupiter, Loxahatchee Station could only mean one thing. And right there in Tequesta, the split tracks are ripe for a station. That photo of the train on the bridge is the Loxahatchee River.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Funny how everyone now once Brightline to stop in PBG , Jupiter. All they did was fight Brightline all the way. Costing more money.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Thatsvbecause the politicians fidnt get their cut early enough. Florida business

Edwin Cancel II
12 days ago

I can’t wait ‘til I ride that train.

Fiona Johnson
11 days ago

My son is so excited …he loves all thing trains ..brightline 2023 can’t wait

Anonymous
13 days ago

Built Metromover on top of the Brightline tracks to Orlando because I said so.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Built?

Anonymous
13 days ago

They can’t even get tri rail to work

Anonymous
13 days ago

I agree the Tri-Rail situation is really disappointing, but let’s be honest their entire model needs a makeover even before Brightline came into play. The trains are old and stations are outdated AF. They should prioritize modernizing independently AND connecting Brightline.

Anonymous
13 days ago

When was the last time you were on trirail… they ordered new trains not long ago which weren’t bad and the stations are suburban train stations… what do you expect?

Anonymous
13 days ago

The stations were mostly redone around fifteen to twenty years ago, and still aged better than Brightline’s concrete monstrosities.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The problem with the tri railI is that it goes from nowhere to nowhere. The only decent station is in West Palm Beach.

Joanne Counelis
12 days ago

Kudos 👏 Thank you 😊 🙏 I would love to ride with you on this brightline train 🚆 😀 😊 😄 ❤ 💙 please? Thank you 😊 💓 love you 😍