First Brightline train arrives in Orlando

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Brightline, Florida’s first private passenger railroad, is one step closer to expanding its original Miami – West Palm Beach service to Orlando.

The first Brightline train arrives at the new station at Orlando International Airport.

THE first Brightline train arrived for testing at the new Orlando International Airport (OIA) station on May 17. After testing, the train returned to the Brightline Vehicle Maintenance Facility south of the airport.

Brightline says the $2.7 billion, 273-mile extension of its original 108-mile Miami-West Palm Beach line north of Orlando is nearly 80% complete and construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Services are expected to start in early 2023.

The new train station at Orlando International Airport.

Daily crew training and testing began in January between West Palm Beach and Cocoa, where the new line to Orlando branches off from the existing Miami-Jacksonville main line. The maximum speed on the new line will be 200 km/h

Brightline has ordered five new trains from Siemens Mobility to help serve the extension. The first was delivered from the manufacturer’s factory in Sacramento in October 2021. Each train comprises four cars with a Charger diesel-electric locomotive at each end. All trains are expected to be delivered by the middle of this year.

Brightline hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new station in Boca Raton earlier this year. The resort is located between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and is expected to be completed later this year.

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