All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train project has been given approval to begin construction on the West Palm Beach-Orlando leg of their high-speed rail service.
Brightline began a test phase just over a week ago, and just last Friday the Federal Railroad Administration issued their decision to allow the company to build the final and longest leg of its railroad, which will eventually connect Orlando and Miami.
“This is the most critical and final step in the extension of Brightline’s service to Orlando, and we are excited to move forward with Phase 2,” Brightline’s CEO Dave Howard said in a statement.
Service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale is expected to begin later this month, with service to Miami set to begin in early 2018. No date has yet been announced for service to Orlando.
Once the train route reaches Orlando, South Florida residents will have a much easier way to get from Miami to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, covering the 235-mile journey in about 3 hours.
Source: Orlando Weekly