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Brightline Trains Made Miami-West Palm Beach Run For The First Time Last Week

Brightline has reached several milestones, while preparing for service launch:

  • Brightline trains began running on the Miami-West Palm Beach route for the first time last week, according to the Herald.
  • Passenger service is delayed. The first train schedule will be released within weeks, with service beginning by year end, according to the Palm Beach Post
  • BrightRed, the last of five trainsets, will soon be delivered from California.  BrightGreen, BrightBlue, BrightPink and BrightOrange have already been delivered.
  • Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations are essentially complete.
  • 700 construction workers are now on site at MiamiCentral alone.
  • Service to Orlando is now scheduled for late summer or fall 2020.

 

brightgreen in the design district last week:

miamicentral:

west palm beach:

fort lauderdale:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

54th Street was a huge issue for them and now it’s scheduled (the third time) for Aug 14-28th. Let’s see if they can knock it out this time.

Does anyone think they will continue to run 32 trains (16 round trips) a day before they get Orlando ready? Is the ridership there?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unlikely they start with that schedule.

William
William

Trains, planes and automobiles…… I LIKE IT

Anonymous
Anonymous

Happy to see trains to Orlando, though don’t understand why Europe’s and Asia trains go at 200+ miles per hour, and we can’t match it or do better here.
Ready for the Hyperloop ???

John
John

Improved conventional rail allow up to speeds up to 155 mph. I’m not sure if Brightline will hit that. The United States currently has only two active high speed trains systems, the Acela Express (150 MPH) and the Northeast Regional (125 MPH).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Then, this NEW trains should match the standards and best practices from other less developed countries; The Frecciarossa in Italy, the AVE in Spain, the TGV in France… to name a few… all of them at +-200 MPH…
This is USA! We can match it or do better than that.
Ready for the Hyperloop ????

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most high-speed rail around the world uses a dedicated track to handle their speed and require electrification. Sharing functioning freight line hinders this here. Texas, of all places, is developing HSR with comparable speeds.

Also, the Hyperloop is extremely impractical. We’ll have drones carrying us before a functioning line is ever built. I’m not being defeatist, but plenty of opportunities for next generation HSR exist. We should use our resources accordingly. Unlike Europe, which was bombed to hell and back, they repaired and improved their infrastructure while we tore it all up for freeways and airplanes.

John
John

Yes. There are two types of HSR systems: the conventionally designed “bullet train” and the magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) train. Bullet trains run on wheels, noise is a factor. MAGLEV do not require wheels. What we have in the US still share the lines with freight and other passenger trains. The closest the US will have to true HSR systems are the projects going on in California (2029) and Texas (2040).

Marc306
Marc306

Because Brightline were brilliant enough to run high speed rail through the most urban corridors of Miami. Typically, the high speed rail would run on the west tracks (less population/at grade crossings) and we would have a line like the Coastal Link on the FEC tracks. All of the crossings and urban areas mean that this train won’t be going over 60mph most of the time until it leaves WPB.

Martim
Martim

Can’t believe this was actually built to completion – I remember thinking this was a pipe dream a few years ago…considering how slow everything operates in the Banana Republic, this is a serious achievement. Maybe now, we can use existing CSX lines to take the Metro out west towards FIU…

Suomynona
Suomynona

There’s only one track right now?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually, there’s three to the north of where the picture was taken.

Suomynona
Suomynona

There’s really only two. That “third” one hardly counts. But looks like they’re installing a second track all the way into downtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The third is for passing, which is quite important. You clearly answered your own question.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hope that the Miami Station won’t be a magnet for all the homeless people in downtown to gather around as it is the case for many main train stations around the world.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Which train stations are you thinking of? Might there be other issues that are contributing to the problem of homelessness rather than the existence of a train station?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Munich, Berlin, Zurich, Tokyo, New York Penn, NY Grand Central etc…..obviously a train station is not the cause of homelessness and thanks marc for the comment which makes sense to me.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stations in Switzerland and Japan are clean as a whistle. You must be talking about stations in Sweden and Italy which became “refugee” camps.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tokyo Station has homeless people although they are more tidy than over here…

Anonymous
Anonymous

The central station near the palace, no. Shinjuku Station does on the west exit underground plaza linking it to a large park.

marc
marc

This is private property so I doubt there will be any homeless allowed to gather there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Edgewater Townhouse Assoc. Has asked for a wall to cut noise and add safety to no avail. They took barrier trees out but put nothing in.

G B Norman
G B Norman
Unlike Gannett’s Treasure Coast Newspapers, the Cox Enterprises’ Palm Beach Post does not appear to be the “house organ” for the “anti-AAF” factions to the North, but at this time, it appears the August “launch” date is quickly sliding by. Possibly they are holding out for a Miami-WP “launch”, but either way, they will have a Miami-WP “Super Shuttle” that, let’s be honest, “hasn’t a prayer”. WP-McCOy continues to be set back; I will get no personal “I told you so” satisfaction, as I would have definitely taken a “bumper post to bumper post” joyride. That the railroad and FECI, AAF’S parent, are now owned by Mexican and Japanese interests respectively “hardly helps the cause”. Likewise the “in the B’s” financing is hardly a “slam dunk”. Use FECI’s “pot of Gold” from selling the railroad forAAF? Sorry folks, “we don’t do it that way no more”. “Debt free is for sissies and makes you ripe for a takeover.” While extending Tri-Rail to Miami Central makes a lot of sense (even if the existing airport service will have to be “rationalized”), that won’t happen so long as AAF operates MIA-WPB. All told, I think the AAF end game will be a… Read more »
RustyTRUMPet
RustyTRUMPet

Anyone know when they will close Miami Gardens or Ives Dairy? I would bet it will be Black Friday weekend!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The speed of this train reminds me the carts from Disneyworld ?

Someone
Someone

Then ride a different ride. ?

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL

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