Brightline trains were running again last week, and it is good news for Tri-Rail.
The reason: Brightline is testing a newly installed Positive Train Control system on its tracks – which must be tested and certified before Tri-Rail can share the rails.
Taxpayers spent a total of $70 million for Brightline to build a Tri-Rail station at MiamiCentral, but it still hasn’t opened due to the missing PTC system.
A Tri-Rail spokesperson had previously told The Next Miami that they hoped testing for the PTC system would begin in Spring.
It will take at least six months from when testing begins until the tracks are certified for Tri-Rail to run on them, the spokesperson said.
Brightline says it plans to resume its own service in late 2021.