Miami To Orlando Rail Line Is One Step Closer: Brightline’s First Trainset For The Route Now On The Way To Florida

Brightline’s first new trainset that will be used for an expansion from Miami to Orlando is now on its way to Florida, in a major milestone for the new service.

Brightline has also ramped up construction on the rail line between Orlando and Miami.

On Monday, the company took delivery of its new trainset from a Siemens factory in California. The trains then began their journey to Florida yesterday, where they will be stationed in advance of the new service.

A total of five new trainsets will eventually be delivered to allow for the new service. They will be in addition to the five that Brightline already has, bringing the total to ten.

The new trainsets are similar to Brightline’s existing stock. Each trainset will have four passenger coaches and two diesel-electric locomotives on each end that meets the EPA’s strict Tier 4 emissions standards.

Interiors will be different however, with the company now finalizing its configuration, a spokesperson told The Next Miami.

Brighline also said it has now increased the number of daily construction workers on the Miami-Orlando route to a total of 1,300.

Completion of the new Miami-Orlando line remains on track for late 2022, the company said this week. More than 60% of the work is now complete.

Stations in Boca Raton and Aventura are under construction and expected to open in the second half of 2022, and planning is underway for expansions to Disney Springs and Tampa.

 

Construction of a new Brightline bridge at I-95 on the way to Orlando:

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Anonymous
20 days ago

I hope they go all the way up to Jax, with stops in Daytona, Palm Coast, and St. Aug (the origin!)

Anonymous
20 days ago

This would truly connect all of Florida

Anonymous
20 days ago

I think Brightline has stated that they would like a connection up to Jacksonville one day but its one step at a time and they need to make sure the current lines will be profitable. Good news is as the density of south FL increase more professionals will be willing to use the Brightline instead of driving which should lead to more profits.

Fern
19 days ago

The way that these things work is once a line is built from Miami to Orlando it becomes far more reasonable to add to it. Extend it to Jax and suddenly now you have all those people that could take the train to Orlando or Miami. My bet is that it’ll come soon

Anonymous
20 days ago

Excited for the Tampa connection.

Yet Another Anonymous
20 days ago

How many boxes can we square to go the longest way around.

Yet Another Anonymous
19 days ago

The route will be over 300 miles to get to a place that’s only 200 miles away.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Theres almost zero demand for a WPB to Tampa direct route, but there is high demand from both cities to Orlando, this is how trains work. Additionally, as someone who has driven between Tampa and wpb many times driving it takes about 3-4 hours without speeding assuming no traffic….

Azarius
20 days ago

Tampa has a lot of development happening and will be the second largest downtown to Miami

Azarius
20 days ago

Density and number of building wise

Anonymous
20 days ago

You wish there was!
Orlando is the fastest growing area…..Tampa is barely holding on.
Tampa already is considered a suburb of Orlando.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Two totally different metro areas and economies

Anonymous
19 days ago

LOL, Greater Orlando’s economy is completely reliant on tourism, even more than South Florida, especially after Tricky Dick and Obozo killed the space programs. Tampa boasts major companies around TPA, not to mention MacDill AFB. All it needs is some sort of commuter service like Tri-Rail and SunRail, and TECO Line expansions.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Fastest growing, driven primarily by single family garbage in swamps.

Anonymous
18 days ago

No it’s not. Tampa is a real city. Orlando is a giant suburb.

Scott Boggs
18 days ago

Youre ridiculous…commercial/financial/freight transportation/academic research/high tech in Tampa Bay FAR FAR outstrips lil’ ol’ Orlando/Sanford/Kissimmee area.

Anonymous
18 days ago

This is funny. All this arguing about where it should go, where it will and will not work, etc. Overlooked is the research that Brightline has done and what this has shown as to where the route is most likely to be successful. Does anyone really think this large and growing corporate entity is just guessing? And BTW, Tampa is not “barely holding on.” The city of Tampa and the Tampa Bay area as a whole are both growing more rapidly right now than they ever have before and it is true that the economy in that area is surprisingly diverse. The Orlando metro has made some strong strides towards diversifying in recent years but is still too top heavy with tourism dependency in its economic infrastructure.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Honestly, it should go from orlando north directly up the 75 corridor with a stop in gainsville then hit I-10 and go west to Tallahasse as well as east to Jacksonville.
Do you know how mant students from fsu and uf would use that to come home back and forth??!!!! Mine definitley would!

Anonymous
19 days ago

I don’t think students have enough money for Brightline. The WPB to Miami line was made being a commuter line for lawyers, doctors, and finance professionals which have enough money to spend on the round trip fare most students don’t have enough money for laundry.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Their parents will pay for it.

Anonymous
18 days ago

Throw in some weed and they’ll all ride it.

Anonymous
18 days ago

It’s spelled Gainesville*.

Anonymous
19 days ago

I’ve taken this train several times from west palm down to miami for Heat games…There is no other way to do it once you use it. Its truly the best thing Florida has gotten in years

Anonymous
19 days ago

Excited! How Long was the Trip and what was the cost?

Anonymous
18 days ago

soooo true!!! Not having brightline since coronavirus hit has been unpleasant.

Azarius
20 days ago

Get her done

Anonymous
20 days ago

i thought these would get built in florida

Anonymous
19 days ago

Love this train! I’ve been riding it everyday.

Anonymous
19 days ago

I cannot wait to be able to ride to Orlando,what an experience this would be,however I would love to see in not distant future Brightline going to West Coast to Sarasota and St.Petersburg areas, thank you

Anonymous
19 days ago

Maybe one day a link from Tampa bay down to Naples then across to fort Lauderdale…

Anonymous
16 days ago

The Feds would never allow building a train line through the heart of the Everglades

Anonymous
19 days ago

Where’s the picture of the new train set. The picture they show is of an existing bright line train (bright blue).

Anonymous
19 days ago

This will be great for tourists going from Miami to Disney or international Dr area. I don’t see a local family spending hundreds of dollars just to get Orlando. Family of four will approximately $400-500 rt. A full tank of gas cost $60.

Andrew
19 days ago

Brightline this is a new train track station What is the date

Anonymous
19 days ago

You MUST add a stop in Melbourne, Fl

Anonymous
18 days ago

Or in Cocoa, FL.

Andrew
19 days ago

Construction of a new Bright line Bridge at I-95 on the way to Orlando

Anonymous
18 days ago

Hope they make a station in Stuart as well.

Anonymous
18 days ago

They should build station in Cocoa, FL as it is in center of brevard county.

Anonymous
18 days ago

The best thing about this train is how often it is running

Anonymous
18 days ago

The future of transit in Florida needs to be rail. Florida must stop building these wide multi lane boulevards and expressways that just bring more and more traffic

Anonymous
18 days ago

Can’t wait for Boca/Aventura!

John
19 days ago

I know brightline is good infrastructure but you could already get to Orlando from Miami by train. I don’t see many people using brightline to go between w palm fort Lauderdale to Miami I believe it’s like 17 one way compared to tri rail which is like 7 round trip. It may get a lot of business from people coming from South America or Europe. Instead of taking a bus. I think that they should not build a extention to the port of Miami or Aventura and Boca raton. But maybe have a station up near the beach line expressway or a option from Orlando to Port Canaveral. Also they should not stop at Disney springs but go to Tampa.