Brightline gets final approval for West Palm Beach to Orlando Fast Train
The fact that Brightline still has not begun its South Florida routes is not stopping the company from chugging along on its track to gain approval for expansion. In fact, the Department of Transportation has given Brightline the last necessary environmental approval to trudge ahead with plans to extend the system between West Palm Beach and Orlando.
Brightline’s CEO, Dave Howard, explained that the South Florida to Orlando connection will be Phase II. Phase I, with routes between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach are in testing, but are yet to launch.
The company continues to say that start dates for the Phase I routes are coming soon. They are hopeful to begin construction on the extension in the first quarter of 2018, once infrastructure design and engineering are finalized.
The journey north will include a 70-acre maintenance facility located at Orlando International Airport.
“We look forward to launching service to Miami and starting construction north to Orlando in the first quarter of 2018,” stated Howard.
Once construction and testing is completed, Brightline says their services will be able to transport riders from West Palm Beach to Miami in about one hour and from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in 30 minutes.
There is no additional word on how long it will take to travel from Miami to Orlando, which would eventually become the full extension of Brightline’s routes.
We will continue to update the article as more information becomes available.
Below is our Nov. 29 article on Brightline:
December looks Merry for Brightline in South Florida
Hold on to your holiday hats! – Brightline says its high speed connector between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale will start running in December!
The train, which is the fastest and newest in the country, will bring passengers directly to and from West Palm Beach and downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
The straight WPB to Ft. Lauderdale trip is just part of what Brightline has in store for its Florida travelers. The company plans to add trip extensions all the way south to Miami soon and reach as far north as Orlando in the future.
The news of the train route starting is great, but some folks wonder if the highly anticipated super train will actually be ready in December. Since original reports aimed for a June start date, the months have waxed on, but the Brightline route has not yet opened to the public.
Furthering the skepticism is the fact that Brightline has not commented on an exact opening date, nor has it released the operating schedule or the fee scale.
Even with these concerns, business owners are hopeful that the service could be running soon and delivering fresh new customers to their establishments.
Small business owners who were hoping to see a boost during the Summer months are now looking forward to the train bringing them a high speed holiday season.