The Brightline from Miami to Orlando is almost here!
Only a select few were able to enjoy the inaugural, pre-pandemic rides from Miami to West Palm Beach, and it was glorious! An exciting addition to the Southeast Florida landscape with all of the modern amenities, look-and-feel one can expect.
But even then, many of us thought, "if only it could extend further." Well wish no more!
The modern, eco-friendly high-speed rail has officially passed the halfway mark for construction on its extension to Orlando thanks to a $4.2 billion dollar private investment into the state of Florida.
In total, Brightline's high-speed rail network will create over 10,000 jobs and over $6.4 billion in economic impact over an eight-year period, according to the company.
Once the rail is complete, the corridor will connect South and Central Florida (a total of 235 miles), making it one of the country’s largest and most significant privately financed infrastructure projects ever created.
The project is expected to be completed by late 2022.
Brightline currently has operations and stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. The company currently has plans for additional stations in Boca Raton and Aventura, and discussions are underway with local stakeholders regarding expansion to Disney and Tampa.
Click Here to read the original article written by Nicole Lopez-Alvar, and published on Local 10 News.