Brightline’s Miami To Orlando Rail Line Close To 80% Complete

Month by month, Brightline’s Miami to Orlando rail project continues to move closer to completion.

In its latest report to investors released on June 21, Brightline said the overall project was now approaching 80% substantial completion.

Approximately 1,000 construction workers were actively engaged in buildout of the Miami-Orlando project in May 2022, the company said.

Some of the most complex work, including that inside Orlando International Airport, has already been completed. Another major milestone is expected in August, when a Vehicle Maintenance Facility will reach completion.

Brightline has already taken delivery this year of two trainsets that will run the Miami-Orlando route, with two more coming by next month and another by year end. Test trains are also already running daily on a portion of the route that is mostly complete.

The existing service between Miami and West Palm Beach is seeing strong increases in ridership and revenue. In May 2022, ticket revenue was up 62% compared to May 2019. Ridership was up 23% over May 2019.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline is right on schedule because it is a project handled by the private sector but Tri rail which is handled by the government is 5 years behind schedule and counting

Jesus
1 month ago

They should outsource Metrorail at this point to make it more efficient and perhaps clean.

Billy
1 month ago

Tri Rail is not safe. The turnover of security officers is incredible. And it’s dirty

Joe CARollo
1 month ago

Government knows best!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The first phase “All Aboard Florida” project was finished several years behind schedule. The Tri-Rail delay can be traced directly to FEC/Brightline.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, no it can be traced to Treasure Coast NIMBYs and geniuses being hit by the trains, which caused nanny state government agencies to demand more safety features which will do/are doing nothing.

Fern
1 month ago

It was the Treasure Coast city governments that asked for the safety improvements not any government agencies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. no, check out who’s working on that shit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wish this train’s speed was a 180 mph or greater with elevated tracks in the congested area of South Florida.

Floridaman
1 month ago

Floridaman would still find a way to climb up onto it and get hit.

Anonymous
1 month ago

He ain’t lying.. that’s why you hear train horns on some sections when you’re riding on the Metrorail.

Mitch
1 month ago

LOL funny but true

Anonymous
1 month ago

Keep wishing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Elevated elevated tracts”
More like keep dreaming, and bring your feet back down to reality.

Victorino
1 month ago

That will eventually come. Doing it now will delay the project and increase the cost. Once in place they can do it without cutting service by elevating parallel tracks were needed…they have done the same in Toronto Canada, with the GO train.

Anonymous
1 month ago

YES GO TRAIN IS THE MODEL TO FOLLOW

Qtip
1 month ago

That’d be awesome but it would cost way to much which is what killed cali’s HSR. I just want it to go Miami to WPB in under an hour with stops….=/

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can bet a train traveling 180 mph between Miami and West Palm Beach won’t be making any stops.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That would also be good because the train could then churn out about double the amount of current Darwin awards

chancleta
1 month ago

you can thank that genius rick “medicaid fraud” scott for not wanting the federal funds to develop high speed rail here in florida…funny how a guy who grew up on federal entitlements-housing,food stamps and later fraud played like a tea bagger to not get federal money….

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline Winning.

Real Trainspotter
1 month ago

How? It’s losing money like mad.

Anon
1 month ago

Have ticket prices been announced for round trips from Miami to Orlando yet ?

Floridaman
1 month ago

In previous media they floated it being around $100 to be competitive with flights between Miami and Orlando, with the current economic situation it’s unknown at this point.

Chyneesha
1 month ago

They say “ticket prices will be comparable to driving”.

Fern
1 month ago

Probably less now with gas what it is

Anonymous
1 month ago

That makes no sense, it would be more if anything

Anonymous
1 month ago

The train too, requires fuel.

Real Trainspotter
1 month ago

Not really asking the right questions. A 23% increase on zero is still zero. They have never met original fare and ridership projections. The trains are empty, the service is only a shell game for a real estate play. And in the meantime it prevents Amtrak or TriRail from using the only desirable tracks in South Florida.

Original
1 month ago

That’s why they need to try something else like building a few casinos in Miami to attract more people to use the Brightline trains.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How long will it take from Miami to Orlando?

Robbie
1 month ago

3 hours

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami-Orlando: 236.6 mi. Aprox: 3 hours
Madrid-Barcelona: 314 miles. 2.30 by train (AVE)
Paris-Lyon: 243 miles. 2 hours. (TGV)

Why cant we get a high speed train?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and Lyon.. you never hear about people getting killed by trains like you do in Miami.

And why can’t we get these suicidal idjits to not attempt crossing the tracks when safety lights are flashing and the warning arms come down?

Chris G-
1 month ago

Because we have “slow speed” politicians-

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh, so traveling at the speed of 75 mph by train between Miami and Palm Beach is not fast enough for people like you? You have to hope you don’t get a speeding ticket if you’re driving your car that fast on the freeway.

Someonethatknows
1 month ago

Because we don’t deserve nice things.

B B
1 month ago

Because Brightline decided to use FEC’s tracks any you can only go up to 110MPH if there is any access to the tracks — such as street crossings or crosswalks. Over 110 MPH, you have to have walls or be in a tunnel as they will be in the I-4 route. Plus, super fast trains are expensive. They had to pick a level of performance that was affordable and fast enough.

anonymous
1 month ago

If only this amount of money, time and energy could have been used to build rail and commuter rail within Miami Dade County! A train to Orlando will not move the needle one bit in our areas traffic.

Qtip
1 month ago

What money? Brightline is privately funded and it does take a few thousand cars off the road daily.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline is funded using government-backed, low-interest bonds, not private money.

Qtip
1 month ago

It’s a mix of private money and government bonds, bonds need to be paid back. With the boca and Aventura stations opening it’ll take more cars off of Miami’s roads.

Don
1 month ago

Actually just because the government back doesn’t make it public money the governments just guaranteeing them it’s privately funded

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami need to start building a Resort Casino downtown right now!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Absolutely!
Orlando is a huge international vacation destination. The airport is the 7th largest in the world. Build that casino downtown, and let Miami win.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least build one Resort Casino downtown and then we’ll see if it succeeds or fails on it’s own merits.

Do the work
1 month ago

A Destination Resort on the old Miami Herald site would be great. Especially like the Genting plan with all the retail/restaurants/marina/meeting spaces/convention spaces/ballrooms/event spaces/ and there was some other little thing that they were going to put on Biscayne Blvd side, up on the 3rd floor, and away from the waterfront.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Haha.. we see two thumb down votes giving to this comment. It’s a shame that mainland Miami has to wait until Miami Beach consider some people “unwanted trash” and those same trashy unwanted people have to look for some alternative place where they have a good time and doesn’t close down at 12:00 pm. And most of them came from out of town and were blessing Miami Beach with their money! It was a shame to read how some people in mainland Miami were acting just to get Miami Beach’s scraps as if bullshit like that is something to be proud of. If we don’t take the steering wheel and drive to own destination and stop waiting on Miami Beach’s snafus and stop listening to these clueless people in mainland Miami to get us there, well then, we’ll never get to where we need to go and have an identity that’s all our own.

Robbie
1 month ago

This train is for the state of Florida not Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

The big mouse fantasy land is for kids.. Miami is for grownups!

Del Boca Vista.
1 month ago

Yes.
Big mouse fantasy land Orlando is for kids.
Miami is for grown ups – live, work, play.
Boca Raton is for retiring – sleep, doctor, golf, bingo.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Except Miami, all false stereotypes, but then again… I have doubts you have ever been north of Aventura.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Also soon, Tampa and Jacksonville as corporate relocations and expansions beyond tech bros, hedge funds, and Latin American operations – educated workforce and economies beyond tourism and empanadas.

Victorino
1 month ago

If you also want to use the money in free rides environment frenzy and food stamps, you have to talk to the government directly…Brightline is the only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad in the United States. Tank you!

Anonymous
1 month ago

We tried that before in 2001, and look where it took us.

TampaGuy
1 month ago

Brightline is technically more of an intercity passenger line & not a local commuter service.