First Rail Delivered For Miami To Orlando Line As Virgin Trains Targets 2022 Completion

Construction is now underway on the Brightline/Virgin Trains Miami to Orlando rail line, with newly manufactured rail line now being delivered.

Service between Miami and Orlando is planned to begin in 2022.

Four zones are included in the project. Work already began at two zones in and around Orlando International Airport.

Another two zones, including upgrades of existing tracks from West Palm Beach to Cocoa and laying new tracks from Cocoa to Orlando will begin imminently.

Five contractors have been named for the project. They are Hubbard Construction Company, Wharton-Smith Inc., The Middlesex Corporation, Granite and HSR Constructors.

Zone One is comprised of a Vehicle maintenance Facility on approximately 70 acres located one-mile south of Orlando International Airport .

Zone Two is a 3.5 mile section in the heart of Orlando International Airport. Scope of work will include clearing land, building drainage structures and pump stations, utility relocation, excavation and rail bed embankment, trench and bridge construction, track and signalization installation, and reconstruction of one of the airport interchanges.

Zone Three is approximately 35 miles of rail alignment following the Highway 528 corridor between OIA and Cocoa. It will include approximately 300,000 cubic yards of excavation, 5.4 million cubic yards of embankment fill, 865,000 square feet of mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall, 100,000 lineal feet of piling, 18 new bridges, three underpasses, drainage installations, track and signalization installation, and 60 track miles of class VII rail construction (allowing 125 MPH).

Zone Four includes the upgrade of 129 miles of existing track from Class IV to Class VI (allowing service up to 110 MPH). Virgin Trains USA has contracted with HSR Constructors for most of the work within this zone, including the shift of 298,000LF (56 miles) of existing track, the construction of 100 miles of new Class VI track within the existing right of way, the rehabilitation of 28 miles of existing sidings, the installation of approximately 40 new turnouts and crossovers and relocation of another 40, the relocation of fiber duct parallel to the ROW, the installation of new signal systems including Positive Train Control, the construction of second main track, modification/replacement of surfaces and the upgrade of crossing signal protection at 155 locations, and the replacement of 19 bridges.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

2022.. that’s a good amount of time for Miami to have everything completed (which is also assuming they get on the hotel/convention center sometime this year or early next year) downtown and make one hellu’va splash for visitors who come to Orlando and also want to see Miami and vice versa without being cooped up on a plane again or a bus or car.

William
1 year ago

The Orlando leg may be operating before tri-rail gets to downtown miami.

Azarius
1 year ago

Bout time ready for the phase to finish

Anonymous
1 year ago

10,000+ jobs. That’s impressive. They should approve the Orlando/Tampa span as a follow on.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I recall seeing information that Orlando/Tampa will actually be done before MIA/MCO leg

Anonymous
1 year ago

By 2022, California still won’t have finished the first phase of their HSR to nowhere, and Amtrak’s platforms will still be too short.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How about getting Amtrak to MIC station.

POLO
1 year ago

Why not tracks allowing for 235 MPH for future growth?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Where is the steel from ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Pittsburgh I’m assuming. Steal city.

Anonymous
1 year ago

oops. “steel”

Anonymous
1 year ago

China!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Soviet Russia

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do the trains have shore power?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hmmm.. not shore….

Anonymous
1 year ago

With this train going 79 to 120 mph at-grade and unfenced through some of the most densely populated pedestrian-filled downtowns, how many more old people and children do we think will be killed in the next year?

marc
1 year ago

Depends on how many of them are idiots.

Anonymous
1 year ago

marc, you took the words right outta my mouth…

Dr Finch
1 year ago

Darwin’s Law baby

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’m sure they’ll be taught a little common sense regarding the dangers of these tracks. They’re taught that it’s dangerous to play in the streets, they’ll be taught the same about the train tracks.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ummmmm, Have you been in Florida?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Uh.. you have a point there….

Anonymous
1 year ago

Don’t Stop in the Tracks.
Don’t Walk in the Highway.
Don’t get out of the car while still moving.
Don’t jump in front of a Bus.
Don’t stop progress by using lame excuses.

Anonymous
1 year ago

(in the words of an idiotic citizen) why?.. I’m a pedestrian!

Anonymous
1 year ago

B-but, bike laaanes!

Anonymous
1 year ago

You shouldn’t be near the tracks unless you’re crossing them at a intersection. If you’re crossing the tracks at non-intersections then you’re trespassing because all of that is private property.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How many old people and children will die in car accidents next year…?

Anonymous
1 year ago

As many as needed to “cull the stupid” out of our population.