Brightline’s Miami To Orlando Rail Line Now 70% Complete

Brightline has reached another milestone on construction of their Miami to Orlando rail line, the company told investors this week.

According to the investor brief, construction crews have now completed 70% of the work on the route.

The $2.7B project remains on schedule for substantial completion in late 2022, and is also on budget.

During the month of October there were over 990 construction workers actively engaged in the buildout of the new route.

The first paying customers are expected to be able to board trains between Miami and Orlando in early 2023.

Brightline also updated investors this week on a number of other initiatives:

  • Aventura station – Construction is underway, with completion on track for Fall 2022. Twelve modular units that will be part of the project arrived on site in September, were assembled, and placed in their final locations. Sub-contractors are currently working on the interior of the assembled building. The concrete foundation work for the bridge tower allowing passengers to go from the station to the bridge level has been completed and the contractor is currently installing rebar for the next level. Rail infrastructure work in Aventura continues to advance as well. Brightline’s contractor has constructed new rail and completed two mainline track shifts necessary to make room for station platform construction.
  • Boca Raton Station – Work is underway, with completion also on track for Fall 2022. Early enabling work including construction of a temporary parking lot and community garden was completed last month. The company received construction pricing for the parking garage and is now finalizing negotiations. It is expected that the parking garage contract and Notice-To-Proceed will be issued by the third week in November. Brightline is currently reviewing the station construction pricing.
  • Brightline+ – The company’s new last-mile service, which includes Teslas and other car sharing options, is being used by 15 to 20% of customers since service resumed this month. The company expects that to increase to 60% of total tickets.
  • New Trainsets – One new trainset was delivered in October. Two more will be delivered to a newly completed maintenance facility in Orlando in February.
  • $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – On November 15, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which contains $66 billion in funding for rail projects and $39 billion for public transit systems. Brightline believes it is well positioned to benefit potentially from this funding either directly as support for an extension of their rail network to Tampa, or indirectly through support for the South Florida commuter rail project.

 

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T G
14 days ago

Brightline to Orlando will be a gamechanger.

Anonymous
14 days ago

And even more once the PortMiami and Disney Springs stations open. A direct connection from house-to-Mouse will take a huge number of cars off the roads.

Anonymous
14 days ago

How or why? How many times a year do you as a Miami resident drive to Orlando? Sure, it’ll be interesting, but a game changer it is not. Commuter rail up the NE corridor could be a game changer.

Metromover to Wynwood or Miami Beach could be.

A train to Orlando? Meh.

Anonbttm
14 days ago

I’d rather take a train to downtown Orlando for the dope Vietnamese food than drive to Broward for the better-than-Dade options.

Anonbttm
14 days ago

*train then uber, whatever

Anonymous
13 days ago

Unfortunately there is no better than Dade, and Broward phew no comparison

Anonymous
13 days ago

You’d think there would be a lot more Vietnamese food options considering all the free animal sacrifice meat left around by voodoo cults.

Anonymous
13 days ago

The cold hard truth.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I go to Orlando 3-4 times a year, but would probably go more with brightline. Definitely know plenty of people with annual passes that go like every other weekend though.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Notice those Disney passes on the back of people’s cars? Sure, it’s not a game changer, rather just makes sense, unlike a low-capacity and speed people mover to a major population center when it should be Metrorail instead.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Game changer. Lol. Need a car in Orlando. CanNOT use ride share exclusively with family. Crazy financing game with Brightline is all it is.

Anonymous
13 days ago

With the stop at disney springs you can take the disney busses to your hotel and around all the parks.

Capt. TS
12 days ago

Disney’s parks, not all the other attractions in Orlando like Universal, SeaWorld and all the other smaller venues.

Transport a family from their home to the station in Miami, wait for the next train, put them all in the train with all of their luggage, then when you get up to Orlando do the opposite, and then not have a vehicle unless you spend another few hundred for the weekend to rent one. It’s going to cost twice as much as it would to drive and take twice as long by the time you go door-to-door.

Mad Mike Will Murder You
13 days ago

Meh thats what i said when i was banging your wife

Anonymous
13 days ago

I’m from Broward I go at least once a month as I’m a passholder. There are many of us in the south.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Pre-COVID 125 Million people visited FL each year, not having to rent a car to drive between SoFlo and Orlando for tourists flying in is 100% a game changer, its not just about locals Locals are actually a much smaller portion. Also a train going from Orlando Airport to Disney is 100% a game changer locally in Orlando. You will be able fly into Orlando and take a train to Disney and have all your transportation taken care of on Disney Property and then take the train back and fly out and not ever having to rent a car or hassle with all that. That is enormous. The back and forth in Orlando alone is going to be huge. If they reroute the train locally in Orlando so that it has a stop at I Drive and then has access to Sea World, I Drive and Universal, even more.

Anonymous
7 days ago

Flying is cheaper and quicker(hello Spirit). Driving will take the same amount of time. How is it a game-changer? If Brightline was to ever be a smash success, it would have to go to the Keys….people would pay in droves for that scenic ride, and it would certainly be faster than driving and cheaper than flying (from Miami), Henry Flagler did it many many years ago with his railroad as most of us know. In some parts, the infrastructure can be recovered, in others US1 replaced the railroad, meaning some bridge/right of way work would be needed. But this would PRINT money.

Budding Bureaucrat.
14 days ago

It feels so good to see that Brightline is doing this! I really look forward to be able to ride it some day.

Melo is sigma and chad
14 days ago

The Miami to Orlando is going to be their milk cow, in under 12 months it will be running.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I cant wait for service to Orlando to start and come back here to see people complaining of train prices being over $150 each way.

Anonymous
13 days ago

If they price at $300 R/T, they will not be able to cover costs. Just doing a quick search for flights shows American at $122 R/T in mid-December. Obviously the discount airlines are cheaper yet. Flying in the TSA era is filled with hassles, but I don’t think rail can manage more than a small premium and win traffic.

Anonymous
13 days ago

I kinda expect that they’ll receive continued subsidy of some sort. Which I guess is fine, I don’t know how they can expect to be competitive with those prices. Unless if they just can keep redeveloping stuff.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Thank you Biden

Joanne Counelis
13 days ago

Kudos! Thanks 👍 😊!

Capt. TS
12 days ago

I don’t know if it’s 70% number is accurate but they haven’t done any work on most of the Treasure Coast. I’ve recently crossed the FEC tracks in both St Lucie and Indian River counties and there’s no sign of a second track.

Anonymous
12 days ago

Unless you cant drive, no reason to take it over a car. Train will be more expensive, and not really save time, Miami to Orlando. Plus you will still need a ride to wherever you are staying.

Uhhhhh
12 days ago

Yeah you do that, I’ll make it there quicker (time is time and if it saves, even a lil, it’s still a plus) , avoid the hassle/headache of traffic(which is gonna be crazy when you get close to either), avoid shitty drivers, won’t need to pay crazy amount in gas, save on tolls or extra time avoiding them, save wear on my vehicle for when it’s reliability really matters(getting me to the place that pays me in the first place), a straight shot to Disney… it’s funny how much benefits folks disregard when the only goal of their ignorance is shitting on something they don’t like

Uhhhhh
12 days ago

Plus have a bathroom on ready and a meal or snack without having to stop/make unnecessary stops

John Enrique
13 days ago

It would be awesome for it to have a train car dedicated to cars like the NYC FERRY

Capt. TS
12 days ago

What ferry in New York city has the capability of carrying cars? Staten Island Ferry did away with those that a few decade ago.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Great news but the problem is Brightline still just a regular train NOT a fast one. Sooo soooo slow compared to other countries. From Miami, we should be able to reach Orlando in less than 1h with the right train system. Hyperloop would be amazing 😁

Anonymous
13 days ago

Hyper loop sucks and compared to Acela bright line will be faster in average, unfortunately US isn’t as densely populated as other countries that high speed rail.

Anonymous
13 days ago

Hyperloop capacity is very limited. It’s not a matter of the U.S. not being as densely populated, rather it’s huge and the dense urban area would require complete grade separation in urban areas for true HSR, which is extremely costly. That’s why state government HSR proposals ran along freeways, but would have been unfeasible considering that they aren’t relatively close to the dense urban centers and would essentially function as a money pit glorified park and ride.