A privately owned and operated rail service is on its way to commence travelers in four major Florida cities by mid-2017.
Today, ALL ABOARD of Florida is scheduled to reveal that the new intercity express rail travel service, which will cost more than $ 3 billion to build, will be called the Brightline.
Brightline trains will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando along a 235-mile route. The stretch from Miami to Orlando will last three hours, comparable to what it takes to get to the airport, go through security and travel, say the developers.
The trains, designed by the Rockwell Group, are being built in Sacramento by Siemens. Construction has begun at stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and in connecting the urban centers that developers expect to turn into restaurants and shops. Another station will be adjacent to Orlando International Airport.
ALL ABOARD of Florida is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, which is involved in a number of infrastructure, transportation and real estate companies. The project is being financed by private investors through the issuance of $ 1.75 billion in tax-free bonds and directly from the parent company. The company expects to be profitable in the first couple of years as it will add more trains and user fees for transportation.
Fuente USA Today