Passenger Train Travel
New River Bridge Rehabilitation
WHAT: All Aboard Florida is making a significant investment and rehabilitating the New River bridge in the City of Fort Lauderdale prior to the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service. While the bridge is being repaired, it will remain in the locked down position for a 12-day maximum.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved the deviation to the existing operating schedule so the rehabilitation can occur. Significant planning and coordination with the USCG and Marine Industries Association of South Florida occurred to execute the bridge closure.
All Aboard Florida has already started replacing the machinery and electrical system of the bridge and minor rehabilitation of the steel. The majority of this work will occur before the bridge closure begins.
The closure of the bridge is necessary for two components of work. The first is the two outer trunnions will be milled in place, and the second is the trunnion base will be removed and repaired off-site. The trunnion milling work will be performed 24 hours per day until completed.
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 12:01 a.m. – Thursday, February 23,12:01 a.m.
WHERE: Florida East Coast Railway bridge traversing the New River
CONTACT: Ali Soule, Public Affairs Manager, 305-520-2105
USCG CONTACT: 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs, 305-415-6683
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Express Train Service
All Aboard Florida proudly introduces Brightline, an express train service that will provide express, safe, relaxing, intercity travel in one of the most populous and visited regions in the United States. Brightline presents a bright and optimistic view of the future for the millions of residents and tourists who crisscross the state’s highways and skyways annually by offering an important new travel alternative in Florida, the first of its kind in the United States.
Brightline is reinventing what traveling by train can mean in America, making it a forward-leaning solution that is a smarter alternative to more cars on crowded roads. The new service will blend train travel and hospitality, creating a new and innovative travel experience focused on providing customer service that extends well beyond the trains and stations
Brightline will use the existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, and is building new track along State Road 528 between Cocoa and Orlando. Once complete, it will serve residents and visitors in this area with a train that is convenient, safe, fast and environmentally friendly.
This train doesn’t just do wonders for transportation. It does a lot for the Florida community. Over the next eight years, it will have a direct, positive impact on Florida’s economy. During construction, it will create nearly 10,000 jobs. It will also require zero funding from taxpayers. And it’s all moving full-speed ahead.
Modern Passenger Rail
Driving from Miami to Orlando takes about four hours. Brightline will allow passengers to cover that same distance in about three hours — while reading, relaxing or simply enjoying a more productive way to travel.
Quality passenger rail holds the power to transform the travel experience. Rather than putting miles on your own car, paying for gas and navigating heavy traffic, passengers can sit back and enjoy the ride. Brightline will deliver you to your destination faster than when driving — and you will arrive more relaxed, refreshed and comfortable.
Service Begins in 2017
Brightline will launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017, with service from Miami to Orlando following. In the meantime, All Aboard Florida will be improving the route between Miami and Cocoa, building out the route between Cocoa and Orlando, and constructing modern train stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
Station construction projects at the four destination cities are at various stages. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) designed the three South Florida stations in association with Zyscovich Architects. Construction has begun in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and each station will be completed in advance of the 2017 launch. Suffolk Construction is serving as general contractor in Miami, and Moss & Associates is the general contractor in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Orlando station will be part of a larger Intermodal Transportation Center at Orlando International Airport.
Advanced Transportation for an American Hotspot
Millions live, work and vacation in the stretch of Florida between Orlando and Miami. Each station served by Brightline is strategically located near local transportation options, providing passengers convenient access to each city and destinations located throughout the region.
The Orlando Station will be adjacent to Orlando International Airport, allowing visitors from around the world a new and attractive option as they explore Central and South Florida.
Discover the Speed of Rail
Brightline will transport passengers at speeds between 79 and 125 miles per hour —similar to that of the popular Acela Express that serves the Northeast. Construction includes new track between Orlando and Cocoa, as well as, new signal systems, upgraded crossings, double tracking and other improvements for the existing stretch between Cocoa and Miami.
The express inter-city Brightline trains are being built in California by Siemens and – indicative of the name – will each be adorned in a spectrum of five distinct colors: BrightRed, BrightOrange, BrightGreen, BrightBlue and BrightPink, led by BrightYellow locomotives. Brightline will make frequent departures and deliver a relaxed travel experience, providing a savvy alternative to Florida’s crowded highways and airports. Brightline will dramatically ease that congestion, as well as present comforts and amenities valued by people on the go today such as convenient booking options, roomy and reserved onboard seating, free Wifi, on-board and in-station food and beverage selections and easy local transit connections.
The entire development of this passenger train system is focused on travelers and maximizing their convenience. Connect with Brightline to stay updated on progress and news.