Brightline Trains Will Begin Rolling Into Orlando In Just Five Months To Begin Testing

In just five months from now, the first Brightline trains will arrive in Orlando for testing and training, the company announced yesterday.

The company gave a tour of progress on the project to reporters yesterday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A $100 million maintenance facility just south of Orlando Airport is now 60% complete.

Overall construction on the route between Miami and Orlando is now 55% complete, with full completion expected in late 2022.

Passenger service is forecast to begin in mid-2023 following testing.

At first, trains will have two locomotives and five coach cars, but Brightline expects to eventually increase that to ten coach cars.

Brightline currently has over 1,000 construction workers building the new Miami-Orlando rail line.

The company also said yesterday that it is continuing its push for an extension to Tampa.

 

Ceremony at the new Orlando maintenance facility yesterday marking 60% completion:

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Anonymous
4 months ago

I saw brightline running a train the other day

dowtown
3 months ago

me too from my balcony

Anonymous
4 months ago

Outstanding news. Big step for a state that had had very little on the way of rail lines.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Perhaps it’s true today, but Florida has a long history with trains. Florida is a state that was built around the rail line. Most of the right of way for this route is still owned by FEC that originally developed the state 100 years ago.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They help develop the east coast of Florida

Anonymous
4 months ago

Go Brightline!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I saw them working on a Saturday the entire 528 section. they’re building fast and hope the local central florida commuter rail is connect to the orlando station

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only 2023? Wtf

Jess
3 months ago

The problem is it takes 3 hours. I can drive it in that without paying for parking, waiting for the train and worrying about public transportation even I get there. Why on earth would I pay $200 round trip for that.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You do Save gas, car wear and tear, parking. More relaxing trip. Eco friendly.

Anonymous
3 months ago

It’s time to stop the nonsense, and open the West Palm – FLL- Miami routes.
All credibility in Brightline will we lost soon. What are we doing? Open it up. Do you you see the airports/planes shut down?

Anonymous
4 months ago

The problem is that when people will come yo Miami from Orlando they won’t find any good public transportation and they will probably wish they never came.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly! EXTEND THE METROMOVER!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Nahhh, it makes more sense to install other systems like a Monorail and Tunnels. We love anybody that presents to us Shiny Trinkets in this city.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Metromover can’t adequately serve Miami Beach in its current state and capacity, and Metrorail and a streetcar were poo-poo’d. What do you expect?

Anonymous
4 months ago

And you know the Metromover “can’t adequately serve Miami Beach in its current state and capacity,” how?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Right, so they can experience some crazy homeless while stuck on a bridge over the Miami River.

Anonymous
4 months ago

they can take the metrover to brickell, Tri rail to wynwood or the L bus to sobe

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tri rail to wynwood??

Anonymous
4 months ago

You do realize we have much better public transportation than Orlando right? We’re both car centric cities but we have more options to get around atleast

Anonymous
4 months ago

Orlando has done better TOD, however. The closest we have for Tri-Rail is like… new apartment complexes at Sheridan Street and Pompano Beach. A proposal for Hialeah Market if Tri-Rail was extended into Kendall looked promising, but I don’t know what happened.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The drama queen show dios mio!! Ever heard of Uber? Any city I visit I use Uber instead of trains. Relax mama.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It is clear. Miami Beach does not have any hotels or restaurants because there is no possible way to get there.
The real estate is soooooo cheap because no one demands it.

IF, and only IF there were some way to access Miami Beach….and clearly…government transportation is the ONLY possible solution…then you would see private enterprise start to build hotels, retail, restaurants and clubs.

ONLY with government transportation will Miami Beach be able to shirk the poor reputation as a barrier island that is only good for coconut farming and become a place that will attract businesses, people, and events.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tongue in chee I see, but MB is getting quite congested at times, and a little mass transit might be useful. Just an option to think about.