Brightline Trains Hit 79 Miles Per Hour On First Passenger Run

Brightline really is fast, according to those invited aboard the trains for the first time last week.

Jim Kovalsky, president of the Florida East Coast Railway Society, told TV station WFLX that the average speed on the West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale leg was 75 miles per hour, while a top speed was clocked at 79 miles per hour.

Overall, the trip took 29 minutes. By comparison, Google Maps says the same trip would take 46 minutes by car at 5 am, when traffic is light.

Only friends and family were invited on the Saturday trip. Service will open to the public this week.

Service to Miami is now expected to begin as soon as spring, as Brightline is waiting for the complex MiamiCentral construction project to be ready.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

I wonder if there are any future plans to extend the Bright line service to Tampa or Jacksonville? That would be sweet!

Anonymous
3 years ago

It would be slow and take forever.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Geez… where do people like you come from!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Better question… where do you sheep come from who just cheerlead every new thing to come down the pike ?! How about some critical thinking ??!

marc
3 years ago

It was a negative comment. Not a critical thought.

Mimi
3 years ago

How about take your meds and chill the hell out. You’re the problem not the solution here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Tampa has been discussed, I think. No word on Jacksonville as far as I know.

Anonymous
3 years ago
Anonymous
3 years ago

It helps FEC already has ROW there. Big plus for this going there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks for the link!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes Jacksonville was a thought n I think it will happen if all goes well for phase 2.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s the train speed from the 1920’s. Was Henry Flagler involved?

Marc306
3 years ago

Faster speeds could have been accommodated on the western/current tri-rail tracks, but then you sacrifice downtown stations. There really is no simple solution.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Trirail has to many curves compared to the FEC. The FEC tracks were laid in the 1890’s, not much was built back then.

Preston33154
3 years ago

People… did you not read or lookup any information on what you’re commenting on?

Due to the close proximity to each of the SoFL stations (Miami Central/FtL/WPB) it would only travel at urban speeds within those. It can only reach it’s ‘high speed” capacity of 125mph on the WPB to Orlando segment.

It’s designed as a long-haul service. Miami to Orlando… with convenient stops in FtL & WPB. Any more stops would place the service at a disadvantage against driving. If it is to succeed, it needs to allow for less time than driving and much less hassle than flying. And it will… eventually.

There are talks about the continuation of service to JAX and TPA. There was even a chatter about a Cocoa stop. (not on the express service platform). JAX is more likely to come next as the FECR owns the ROW. Cross-state would require more infrastructure and ROW acquisition. (the property along FL-528 where the FECR is building the tracks to MCO actually belongs to the Morman Church… and adaptation of the ROW usage by FDOT of the 528 to allow rail service had to be negotiated.

The western CSX tracks (TriRail/Amtrak) are in horrid shape–rough as can be. And the routing is anything but convenient! It would be a huge undertaking to upgrade–and CSX, as a partner with FDOT in those tracks, is not easy to work with, it sounds. And would probably not commit to any upgrades to a Freight Rail Track to better accommodate Passenger Rail that they wouldn’t see any financial benefit from.

Brightline/FECR has supposedly offered to build-out the TriRail Coastal Link since the Banana Republics of South Florida can’t get their act together and make it happen… it’s the only hope for TriRail to actually make any financial and physical sense! (the use of the CSX tracks was totally the wrong decision… trains from where no one was to where no one wants to go!) That would serve as the Commuter service from Miami up to the Palm Beach & Martin County lines.

As the nation’s first privately built “high speed” rail–it’s a great and impressive milestone to show the rest of our great nation that it can be done without the government screwing things up! The CA & TX High Speed projects are moving forward… yet at a snail’s pace. Both started long before the FECR’s All Aboard Florida a.k.a. Brightline announcement. And due to Private funding and construction, will be up and running a decade before the other two will have a single foot of rail laid.

People–please read and think before you spout wrong information and negative mud slinging from the anonymous seat behind your computer.

marc
3 years ago

Thank you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Still a slow train service. Factoring in travel time to/from each station, as well as schedule padding, you’re probably looking at at least a 60 minute trip, if not more.

Other parts of the world have true high-speed rail. Shame we can’t have it here.

Meanwhile, still lots of work to do on the FLL-MIA route.

Anonymous
3 years ago

California is going to have “high speed rail” but I very seriously doubt the train will be any faster than this from San Jose to SF.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t see myself using it for Miami Fort Lauderdale, but between Miami and West Palm and eventually Orlando, it makes more sense than driving. Quicker and no worries of dealing with SoFla drivers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

In other parts of the world people use trains daily and government subsidized the service. Our baby-boomers/suburban/plantain mentality oriented local authorities still think wider highways and keep spreading into the everglades is the way to go.

Mimi
3 years ago

Trust NYC subway may be mass transit but it is horrendous when it comes to service and technology.

Mimi
3 years ago

I guess you have never been on the 7 Train in NY? Where a commute that should be 10 mins turns into 45 because of the conditions of these trains. Never mind the speed….

BDub
3 years ago

With the number of at-grade crossings on that route, probably better that it’s not too high speed.

Let\'s Go Miami
3 years ago

at 4pm today the map on your page displays the travel time as 1hr 11mins by car wow, atleast brightline paved(excuse the term) for rail service along the FEC corridor

Anonymous
3 years ago

When I think of high speed rail I’m thinking over 100mph

Anonymous
3 years ago

Um, 75mph is really not that slow.

Anonymous
3 years ago

My 4 wheeler does 80mph so to me 75 for high speed rail is slow

Anonymous
3 years ago

As it goes from Miami to Ft Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, it’s not supposed to be traveling it’s maximum speed. 75 mph is fast enough.

Joe
3 years ago

Anybody sceptical over the fact that ticket prices still have not been announced? It’s as if they are afraid to reveal how much it will cost.

Robert Mann
3 years ago

All Aboard Florida (AAF), which expects to launch its Brightline passenger rail service by mid-2017, has formed an affiliated company called AAF Jacksonville Segment LLC.

AAF formed the affiliated company to secure rights to run a passenger rail service on the Florida East Coast Railway line between Jacksonville and Cocoa, located east of Orlando in the Cape Canaveral area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The LA to San Diego trains make quick stops in a few cities..one right at public beach..excited to try Brightline

Anonymous
3 years ago

What the heck is the flordia east coast railway society?

marc
3 years ago

A fanclub

Anonymous
3 years ago

79 MPH is ridiculous when you see the speed in EU or in Japan!

Anonymous
3 years ago

and we’re not supposed to L M Our collected A’s Off !!!!!!!!????????

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is there a stop in Boca Raton ? Like does it stop there too ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, this is an express service in which the point is to be fast so there are no other stops than Miami, FT Laud, WPB and eventually Orlando.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which limits its usefulness and appeal, IMO.

Anonymous
3 years ago

To you.

Omar
3 years ago

The plan is for Brightline and Coastal Link to eventually provide passengers with options. Brightline being the premium express service and Coastal Link providing the more typical commuter rail service. Who knows when Coastal Link will actually get off the ground though.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh yeah, it should really make a pitstop in every city possible so that everyone can use it.

It hits the three major SoFla cities and soon it’ll go to Orlando. That’s plenty useful and appealing. Too many stops and it would be slow as hell.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It isn’t a local service like Tri Rail, it’s an express.