Nearly 1,000 Construction Workers Are Now On The Job Building Brightline’s Miami To Orlando Rail Line

The new Miami to Orlando (and Disney) rail connection being built by Brightline is moving full steam ahead with construction.

The company told investors last week that there were over over 982 construction workers actively engaged in build out of the Orlando line in September.

Brightline said they continue aiming to complete construction and begin the Miami-Orlando train service in 2022. Covid-19 is not expected to have an impact on the construction timeline, the company said.

In April 2019, the company raised $1.75 billion in a bond sale meant to finance construction of the Orlando route. The company says that it is now raising additional financing to maintain the pace of construction activity (an additional $80m loan due in June 2021 was issued at an interest rate of Libor plus 2.5%).

A Disney station is planned to open shortly after an Orlando Airport station, but only the airport station line is now under construction. The company has a memorandum of understanding with Disney and continues to negotiate with the state and Disney for a final agreement.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Miami – Tampa should also be considered.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It is, along with Jacksonville.

Wacazay 01
1 year ago

HOLD ON:Step by Step. We will be there thru SHUTTLE TRAIN.

Anonymous
1 year ago

it’s good that is happening but i hope brightline also thinks about miami dade county and allows tri rail to expand its service to downtown miami

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think tri rail is guarenteed to get access to the station eventually, they already agreed with the county. Its just a matter of when

Shawn Kouri
1 year ago

Yes

Anonymous
1 year ago

We need a Miami – NYC lately.
Actually… NYC – Miami to be correct😋

Wacazay 01
1 year ago

Refer to AMTRAK.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It takes 27 hours. Should be half that time

Anonymous
1 year ago

The last thing Florida needs is any connections to NYC…

Anonymous
1 year ago

F NY…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry but right now you can get from Florida to New York and vise versa by car, bus, train, or plane.

Ric
1 year ago

How about restarting local service ? Locals have forgotten what Brightline is even about. Oh geez, those first weeks of the restart means more rail fatalities like the original start up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those fatalities are just people who risked their lives because they couldn’t wait a measly 30 to 40 seconds for the train to pass.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bullcrap. The gates are not spaced properly and do not give adequate warning. It is easy to get trapped between the gates and have nowhere to go before a train approaches.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Okay smartass… every time you see pictures of a Brightline train hitting a car, why does it show the car trying to get pass a guard rail coming down or someone driving around a guard rail that’s already down?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Brightline or Virgin trains what is the name of this damn line?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Look it up.

Wacazay 01
1 year ago

RAPID TRAIN

Gene
1 year ago

No more Virgin branding.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Was it just $$$ that caused Branson to pull out?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Will be staying Brightline.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The people want commuter rail. Just bring it on. And stop trying to rob local taxpayers to do so.

Anonymous
1 year ago

thats a local county issue. Brightline is trying to expand options to get to a from Orlando so hopefully long term this will work out as more people coming to and from both areas and in between

Anonymous
1 year ago

I would rather ride on this from Miami to Orlando and vice versa than take a plane.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Especially after the disney station gets built. I’d love to be able to go straight to Disney for a day trip and not need to worry about parking

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or going through some line at the airport and taking off my shoes.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I rather just drive on the turnpike.

Anonymous
1 year ago

If they could build trackage so that they could run a non-stop Miami-Orlando route, it could compete with air.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not likely. They have to go up the coast. The only way it’s feasible is by using the existing FECR tracks.

Casey jr.
1 year ago

Brightline is now virgin train’s

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not anymore

Anonymous
1 year ago

The pandemic has changed everything. Notwithstanding the issues of social distancing and risk of covid while riding the train, there is no intercity office travel anymore as people are working remotely. Tourism is also dead. Cruise ships are not going out and the Orlando theme parks are operating on a shoestring basis. International tourism travel is dead. I don’t think Brightline will open for at least another year.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“and risk of covid while riding the train”

You also run the risk of catching Covid while flying on a plane, shopping at the grocery store, riding the bus, etc etc etc..

Like the Temptations said in a song a long time ago, “run, run, run, but you sure can’t hide!”

Anonymous
1 year ago

yeah and many avoid it by not flying, curbside grocery pickup and delivery, and not riding the bus/driving their cars instead. Your point was?

Anonymous
1 year ago

And many fly in planes, go into grocery stores and shop, ride the bus, etc etc etc… so your point is?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Daaaa. The point is that the fact that many avoid it will make it less likely the train station will open soon due to a decrease in ridership.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Daaaa.. that’s your opinion.. and you know what opinions are like.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Not an opinion, but fact that you are illogical. It is my opinion, that you may be drinking moonshine.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Just flew to Miami and back and both times the airplanes were packed. Not only do you have dumbass opinions and spout BS, but somebody is selling you watered down dope.

Anonymous
1 year ago

… and you assume the same amount of planes before the pandemic are in the sky. Anyone who thinks the airline industry is busy must be drinking moonshine. You sound like a clown acting like you know more than Brightline executives keeping their trains closed.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Brightline/Virgin Trains (which is now just Virgin) halted operations because the economy was effected by Covid 19, just like the airline industry. Covid has had an effect on restaurants, hotels, clubs, etc etc etc… They just started allowing a small amount of people in stadium seats to watch football games. Virgin Trains is taking this opportunity from this economic slowdown to finish laying tract, and do it right, not halt it’s entire operations. Nobody is saying the Covid pandemic didn’t have an effect on the airline industry and everything else for that matter.. it just didn’t halt the economics of everything. Now lay off the meth and get some sleep, because the way you think, you need it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You don’t even know that Brightline axed Virgin.
It is Brightline, not Virgin. When you sober up from moonshine, go google it if you don’t believe me.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hey joker—quit while your still behind. Slowly back away from the keyboard….not a thing you posted in this thread makes any sense

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s because you are drinking moonshine.
Brightline (not Virgin) most likely does not want to open and post low ridership numbers to its bondholders. It makes sense to stay close. Also, the ridership numbers may be so low that the variable costs of opening exceed the operational costs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Dude, low ridership during this pandemic can be expected, but the laying of track still goes on. Now, I’ve been back an forth flying in and out of Miami and the last thing I know of is the renaming of Brightline/Virgin trains to VIRGIN! I just flew outta Miami Oct 4, and the deal fell through with Brightline/Virgin in August so I’m not privy to that information because It’s something I didn’t feel important to keep up with.. plus, who cares what it’s called, they’re still laying track to Orlando. Now again, this pandemic has effected the whole economy of this nation, but it hasn’t caused this nation’s economy to completely shut down!!! Please please please… kick your meth habit and the other dope you’re on and get some sleep.

Optimist
1 year ago

The pandemic should be over by the time the Orlando line opens in 2022.