Brightline’s Orlando terminal is now nearly ready to accept passengers, new video shows.
The Orlando International Airport Intermodal Terminal, which includes the Brightline station, was completed in late 2017 at a cost of $684 million.
In addition to Brightline, the facility has platform space for Sunrail, a commuter rail line that could soon be extended to the airport. Another train service to Orlando’s International Drive area may also be added later. The facility also has 2,400 parking spaces.
An automated people mover system was also completed last year, allowing passengers to quickly connect to the airport’s air terminals.
Brightline still needs to complete double tracking between West Palm Beach and Cocoa Beach, and build new tracks from Cocoa Beach to the airport. Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to an extension for Brightline to complete a bond sale, giving the company until the end of 2018 to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to fund the project (several Florida congressmen have been trying to block the sale).
Passengers from Miami will arrive at the Orlando facility in about 3 hours, after travelling at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Completion is expected in 2021.