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Feds Approve Brightline Service to Orlando

With service on the southernmost Brightline routes set to launch in the coming weeks, the federal government has approved expansion of service to Orlando, per The Sun Sentinel

The route of the high-speed passenger rail service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is expected to start over the next several weeks, with the MiamiCentral station added to the route in early 2018. The Federal Railroad Administration issued a decision recently that will move the project forward after Brightline’s parent company, All Aboard Florida, modified plans.

In the first quarter of 2018, Brightline officials said they will complete designs for the railroad infrastructure to Orlando and for a 70-acre maintenance yard located near a new transportation hub at Orlando International Airport.

When full service begins, there will be up to 32 daily passenger trains and more than a dozen freight trains sharing the Florida East Coast Railway tracks near U.S. 1. It will take Brightline trains about 30 minutes to travel from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and another 30 minutes to Miami. The trip from Miami to Orlando will take three hours, compared with four hours by car or bus, officials estimate.

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