Brightline Train Spotted In Miami This Weekend, Orlando Work Starts Shortly

Brightline appears to be getting closer to making its Miami debut.

On Sunday afternoon (March 25), a Brightline train was seen rolling northbound through a North Miami intersection for the first time, at a moderate speed. A state trooper was posted at the intersection.

According to a Brightline spokesperson, testing of trains has been ongoing along the entire corridor throughout the past year – including Miami-Dade County. Testing will continue as infrastructure work nears completion, ahead of service launch.

At the same time, construction on the second phase to Orlando is beginning soon, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

Buildout of office space for planning and engineering staff at the Orlando Airport is nearly complete, with staff to begin moving in as soon as this week.

Construction on the Orlando Airport property will begin in June/July, with a 30-month timeline from the start of work until service begins. An Intermodal Terminal Facility is already built, and a 70-acre Vehicle Maintenance Facility along with the actual rail is being added.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazing it’s taken this long, but at least it’s getting done finally! Hopefully there’s a future connection to Tampa as well – the more Florida shrinks the better!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Taken this long? This has been super fast! Move to California and wait until Barron Trumps 2068 inauguration for high-speed rail service to finally begin

William
3 years ago

Rick Scott rejected that boondoggle right when he was elected and all the liberal media cried foul. And he was right.

But the reality is that a high speed rail service would take 100 years and 5 billion dollars (Bureaucracy). And people in palm beach county are having a tough time with 78 MPG…. Imagine 120…

Anonymous
3 years ago

“But the reality is that a high speed rail service would take 100 years and 5 billion dollars (Bureaucracy).

Boy you cons love to make sh^t up. No wonder you cons believe Trump when he said he’s going to “make the Mexicans pay for the wall.”

Afi Keita James
3 years ago

Oh yes they will, mexico is just awful period.

Tytygh
3 years ago

Thank you! I don’t understand why you are receiving so many downvotes, as the point you make is clear: government does not belong in the transportation industry. Some of the best and most elegant transit systems in the world are privately owned (e.g. Las Vegas monorail, Japan Shinkansen). Brightline is far more comfortable than the HSR we would’ve gotten had Mr. Scott allowed it to proceed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

shrinks? nobody cares about Tampa. nobody wants to go there. lol

suomynona
3 years ago

Stupid gonna stupid.

Connecting Miami to the 2nd largest metro in the state sounds like a pretty obvious “phase 3”.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Terminus at the Airport is a shame. You still need a car to get to Disney World…

bitg
3 years ago

if they’re smart, they’ll have shuttles running from there to to Disney World

Paul
3 years ago

I’m pretty sure every Disney and Universal park has free shuttles from the airport already.

Preston33154
3 years ago

yes–most all resorts have Airport Shuttles…

Next negative statement please…?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uber to Train station to Shuttle to Disney.

That’s what, 6 hours from Miami?

Just fly or drive.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your math is wild. The train takes 3 hours and the shuttle takes 45 minutes. If your Uber ride to the station is over two hours then you should probably just drive.

Anonymous
3 years ago

it is likely that Phase 3 will run from the Orlando airport down the 417 corridor into the I-4 corridor, with a stop near Disney, and then on to Tampa.

suomynona
3 years ago

Two stations in Orlando? Pass.

There isn’t a station in downtown Miami *AND* MIA or Miami Beach. Especially if, as others have said, the parks in Orlando already have shuttles from the airport to their resorts. Adding an additional station in Orlando would only further reduce the average speed of the train for those that would eventually be riding from Tampa to South Florida (or vice versa).

Does Brightline own land near Disney they could develop and profit off of an additional Orlando station? Brightline’s bottom line would seem to be the deciding factor here.

Lastly, the Orlando to Tampa route discussions might be pretty interesting. There’s already CSX tracks from downtown Tampa to downtown Orlando. Orlando’s commuter rail uses it (bought it?) in the Orlando area. Train speed would certainly be faster along I-4. But CSX might be cheaper.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It wouldn’t mean 2 stations in Orlando. Celebration and MCO are 2 different places, just like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale are two different places. If the ridership warrants it, Brightline would certainly make a stop near Disney, just like they have a stop in Ft Lauderdale in S. Florida.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Two stations in Orlando is exactly what that means.

The MIA/FTL stations would be farther apart than the Orlando stations and have double they population in Broward/Dade as the entire Orlando metro.

The theme parks already provide shuttle service from the airport.

Bright line has no land at the theme parks to build a mixed use development.

Brightline should stick to limited stops/stations. Orlando and the parks can build their own station and trains while sharing the track. Something similar to metro rail attaching Miami bright line to MIA and (hopefully) a future bay link connecting bright line to Miami beach.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What do you do after you landed at Orlando International Airport?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hell, if you haven’t figured that out yet, then stay in the airport.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Me? I always wish I were back in Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

ya how in the world would the people who fly into orlando ever get any where like disney, we shouldve made brightline forcibly shove a trainstation right down the edge of disney property

Anonymous
3 years ago

Rail’s advantage is that it can take you to a destination … places airports cannot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So why is Brightline’s station in downtown Miami? Why not have it at the airport?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amtrak service to Orlando already exists on the CSX with Sunrail connections, and Downtown Miami is closer to cruises and the beach, with other potential transit connections. If there’s an expansion to Jacksonville, Downtown Orlando still could be a stop.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ahhh. That’s what I’m hoping. A Jax-Miami-Jax train ride. Is this part of the long term plan?

Anonymous
3 years ago

tri-rail and metro train go to MIA

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t waste your breath. Some of these people who comment on the TNM are dumber than snot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You are kidding, wright?

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, you don’t. Disney offers a service from the airport free for resort guests.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uber? Anyone, anyone, anyone..

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uber started nicely, timely and convenient. It’s a horrific nightmare now!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

No it’s not

Anonymous
3 years ago

Uber in Dade county = riding in a vehicle while the driver is completely unable to follow Google maps turn by turn directions (in Spanish)

Anonymous
3 years ago

^^^ spot on. Terrible, slow and dangerous

Anonymous
3 years ago

There’s Lyft as well … and oh! How about a rental car?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Again people, Brightline is not a commuter rail system like AMTRAK.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So what is it? A shuttle from Miami to Orlando airport?

Orlandoish
3 years ago

There are already plans for a monorail from OIA to International Drive and the parks.

Preston33154
3 years ago

That company virtually dropped out. However, MCO is still building the space for it to eventually be built.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The local commuter rail in Orlando will be connecting with it at the airport station.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you honestly believe that everyone who flies into MCO rents a car?

Anonymous
3 years ago

In Florida you need a car to get to your toilet.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Where should it terminate? You still need a car to get to Universal Studios from Disney World, so… The airport is an ideal terminus/hub, with SunRail and shuttles picking up passengers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

uber

Anonymous
3 years ago

Or one 9f the 6,000 Disney or Hotel luxury Motercoaches.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So take the slow train to Orlando, then wait another hour for a bus to Disney? Thanks, but no thanks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

For all the people complaining about brightline ending at the Orlando airport, the commuter rail in that area called the Sunrail will be connecting to the airport and the sunrail goes into downtown orlando.

Anonymous
3 years ago

FDOT has dismissed the idea of SunRail being extended to the airport citing costs. Presumably for the next few decades…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Multiple options exist to mitigate concerns.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can you provide a link regarding this? What I read in the link below indicates that the SunRail extension is already being built:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-cfb-forecast-transportation-20170119-story.html

Anonymous
3 years ago

Here is another link, with more specific plans to connect SunRail to MCO:
http://floridapolitics.com/archives/236690-sunrail-airport-route-set-transfer-station-250-million

Anonymous
3 years ago

No one wants go there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

brightline is getting a 70 acre maintenance facility or the ”intermodal terminal facility” ?

Jesus
3 years ago

Wow. 30 months for the Orlando to be up and ready? Way too long for me. The Chinese could do it in less than a year. (sigh)

Either way, great news from Brightline.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Blame the treasure coast NIMBY’s

Anonymous
3 years ago

I believe there is no railroad from the coast to Orlando. This section will be new and take longer to build. Well worth the wait however.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ahh sadly Florida can’t dip into its billion person labor reserve, not to mention that all forms of American government are adept at big infrastructure

Anonymous
3 years ago

Move to Beijing

suomynona
3 years ago

China is communist, a currency manipulator and has a massive labor force willing to work for cheap.