Done Deal: Brightline Finalizes Construction Bids For Miami To Orlando Route, Financing In Place

Brightline is finally moving forward with construction of a brand new rail line from Miami to Orlando, after years of planning.

The company finalized bids last week from three contractors to lay rail lines from Orlando International Airport to their existing tracks in Cocoa, according to WFTV.

Construction of the new line will be separated into several different sections, each with its own contractor. Brightline says that they now have financing to build the route.

In the past few years, nine lawsuits have been filed by opponents of the project. Eight have already been thrown out, and Brightline is confident the ninth won’t stop it.

Service is expected to begin in 2021.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

“After years of planning.” More like after years of dealing with stupid NIMBY lawsuits.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah.. they still have a seven million population Florida on their mind and don’t realize yet that the population of Florida is over twenty million and the year is 2018 and soon to be 2019.

suomynona
3 years ago

Huh?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t understand the post?.. okay, I’ll explain it to you.

In Florida, you have a lot of elderly people that bought homes when the population was seven million people and their mindset is still stuck at viewing the state as that sleepy little conclave of suburbs next to the ocean. They’re not looking at Florida as being in the year 2018 and almost 2019, they’re view of Florida is still 1960, the year they moved there and they taught their kids to also view it that way. Look at who launched these lawsuits at Brightline. These NIMBY people haven’t yet realized that Florida is now the third most populated state in the nation and rail like this will not only take cars off of their clogged Instate Highways, it will also do something about the way we’re constantly polluting the air with vehicle exhaust fumes.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Critical link for Florida’s future. Good to see if happening.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I drove from Vero Beach to Miami for construction Brightline Phase 1 the traffic on 95 sucked

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hallelujah!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

O.K. I want to see the contract. Are there performance guarantees and what are the penalties if they don’t make it happen? Expected date of completion? Intermediate stops along the way? When is the first wine party on board? I sure hope they serve a Florida wine — Lakeridge Winery is on a few miles from there. And lastly — When will they proceed with Orlando to Tampa with at least one stop in EAST Polk County close to Winter Haven, Polk’s tastest growing city???

Anonymous
3 years ago

Unfortunately its a private company and doesn’t have to disclose! It would be nice to know what the timeline is…

Anonymous
3 years ago

lol so the station is going to sit empty for three years ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah but at least they’re paying rent.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, it is a multi-modal facility. It is already in use I believe.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They need to have the beach connected to the Metro Train infrastructure before this connection to Orlando is running. The easiest would be extending the Metro Mover Museum Station and even adding a port loop from downtown

Anonymous
3 years ago

Those are two differently owned concepts. Brightline is being built and owned by a private entity. The Metromover is taxpayer funded and owned by the city/county.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They sold all the D- rated bonds!! Wow!!!