Miami-Orlando Rail Line Will Be Called Brightline, Pushed Back To Late 2017

All Aboard Florida today launched a new brand for their rail service, Brightline.

Siemens rail cars are already being built, with the first delivery set for summer 2016.

Passenger service won’t actually begin until mid-2017, and even then it will only run between Miami and West Palm Beach. The line between Miami and Orlando is now scheduled to start in late 2017.

Double tracking of the line between Miami and West Palm Beach will begin by the end of this year, according to the Sun Sentinel. Until now, work has focused bypass tracks to allow for station construction, as well as new rail crossings.

 

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MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

It’s catchy. So much better than All Aboard Florida, that’s for sure.

marc
5 years ago

Yep. All Aboard Florida sounded like a campaign.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What an … interesting name… ??

Forget Miami Orlando… bring on the Coastal link!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Agreed. They say it will help avoid congested highways but that’s something only a Tri-Rail expansion will do!

Anonymous
5 years ago

I really like the name and color scheme. I’m really excited about this project more rail in Florida is a must because things here are so spread out.

Anonymous
5 years ago

sounds like a dentist teeth whitening system, not a train line

Ananymous
5 years ago

lol

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Finally, trains that look like they belong in the 21st Century. I’m so glad Miami / Florida are leading the country in such a forward thinking initiative; providing an alternative to flying for short and medium length routes, I’m sure this project will be a catalyst for similar initiatives elsewhere in the US. It’s good that we are thinking outside the box, we can only widen the highways so many times.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I like it…it is really catchy…the good thing as well is that 2017 is not so far away. We are right around the corner from 2016 already. Time flies.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I also like that it looks pretty futuristic.

Afi
5 years ago

Gonna be interesting at how this plays out.

barbHollywood
5 years ago
Reuben
3 years ago

Taxpayers get ready to bail them out. If Amtrak between Washington, D.C. and New York can’t make it, why would miami Orlando? Why would one spend 4-5 hours taking the train when you can drive in 3. Last, wait til the residents experience trains traveling at 80 mph through their neighborhoods.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think we should focus on connecting our region before we build inter-regional trains. This won’t solve the problems on 95, 595, the Turnpike, US1, or Anywhere in Miami. Tri-Rail expansion is the way to go along with more Metromover or BRT in Miami-Dade.

marc
5 years ago

It doesn’t have to be either/or. This is a private venture that has enabled TrRail to get into Downtown Miami in the first place as well as placing the infrastructure needed for a Coastal Link.. It’s not like this is what the local transit authorities are tauting as a solution for our transit issues. No one is putting anything on the back burner because of the Brightline. I welcome any additional options to getting around in South Florida.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Thanks marc, you saved me the time on ripping into this uninformed whiner.

Anonymous
5 years ago

If AAF is planning to run 32 trains per day, in addition to the over 15 freight trains that already run, Tri-Rail will never get priority and will be even worse than it is now. They will never be able to run 50 trains like they do out west!

The same Anonymous
5 years ago

As a matter of fact they are touting that they will reduce congestion… and any for-profit “private venture” will, contrary to what you believe, put any public transit venture on the back burner.

Anonymous
5 years ago

AAF/Brightline has delayed the sale of the $1.75B tax-exempt Private Activity Bonds (PABs) until next year, 2016, because they tried to sell these junk bonds earlier this year, and on one is buying. AAF is most likely to re-energize efforts to obtain the $2.1B RRIF loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation that they applied for a couple years ago. In the RRIF loan application, AAF stated that this project could not be funded in the public, capital market (via bonds). This has proven to be correct so far in that the PABs are ‘unrated’, which means if they were rated, it would be a junk rating. Also, their sister company, Florida East Coast Industries, has a rating that is seven steps below investment grade.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

I have been pointing this out since the beginning. There would have to be a minimum of three tracks to even think about decent Tri-Rail service. For 50 or more (more because this would be a much more popjkar line) Tri-Rails a day in conjunction with 32 aafs plus freight you would need four tracks like NYC Subway. By the looks so far FTL and wpb (the express stops) are being built with only two. The fec right of way is 100 feet wide most of the way, enough for five tracks. Two will never be enough except for at most one Tri-Rail train per hour, taking off right behind each aaf train. By the time it got to the end, which would take about two hours, the next aaf train would be coming up behind it. Athird rtrack would at least allow switching to pass trains but this would be a risky bi-directional lane to be used sparingly with plenty of headway and probably lower speeds.

They are not building for their service to ever operate in conjunction with Tri-Rails. They are building for it to eventually be one or the other.

The same Anonymous
5 years ago

Thank you for proving we are not “uninformed whiners”

Anonymous
5 years ago

Dude, if you’re the one who posted the comment “I think we should focus on connecting our region before we build inter-regional trains” then yes, why are complaining about a rail project like this that’s privately owned not, in your opinion, reducing conjestion on our STATE and FEDERAL OWNED HIGHWAYS?

When Miami and the county finally get it’s act together, only then will you see more passenger rail throughout and an extension of Metromover being built and that will be a cost that’ll be consumed by us, the tax payers.

The same Anonymous
5 years ago

That would be me! Who will bail out this train when it fails? The taxpayers. I don’t think this is a horrible idea, just not right for the time… More people will use a local commuter train than this, and there is no way Tri-Rail will be able to run with Brightline clogging up the right of way 32 times per day.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Mark my words, they’ll be coming to the taxpayers to bail them out, financially rail never lives up to expectations or ridership forecasts. Ride sharing is the future

Anonymous
5 years ago

Agreed.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Too generic. Even “Palm Express” would be better, and I came up with it in less than a minute.