Brightline Launches Orlando Service
September 22, 2023
Brightline made its inaugural run between downtown Miami and Orlando International Airport today, with crowds gathering at stations and along the route to welcome the new service.
While many in the media focuse on the fact that the Orlando to Cocoa segment features speeds of up to 125mph, more important for travelers is the frequency of service, with departures roughly every hour between 5:00am and 9:00pm.
Brightline will now look to extend west on to Tampa. Just last year, the company received a $15.9 million federal grant for preliminary engineering activities and environmental approvals for the expansion. However, there is no public timeline for breaking ground on the project.
We’re all looking for to riding this train. In the meantime, here’s a few videos and photos from opening day.
It's real pic.twitter.com/unelGxrLhO— Alan Fisher (@alanthefisher) September 22, 2023
125 mph along an highway is the world’s best feeling! ???? pic.twitter.com/TMmoMaqKjl— Simply Railway (@Simply_Railway) September 22, 2023
Report from Brightline’s first trip from Miami to Orlando. pic.twitter.com/9tgNjM5gG2— Jerry Hume (@JerryHume) September 22, 2023
Congratulations, @GoBrightline! ????— Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) September 22, 2023
We are thrilled that Central Floridians are now connected to West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, + Miami — a major part of our vision for the future of Central Florida transportation. We secured $25 million in rail safety grants for this project. pic.twitter.com/prj0qoxvep
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