All Aboard! Brightline Construction Updates



Downtown Miami has the most developed public transit system in the state and it’s about to get better.  Starting summer of 2017, residents and visitors within Miami’s urban core, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach can ride the All Aboard Brightline, new intercity express train service.

In Downtown Miami, the station will be located steps from Miami World Center’s residences, offices and retail spaces and will allow residents to be in Fort Lauderdale in thirty minutes and West Palm Beach in an hour.

As our construction progresses along with theirs, we take a look at what Brightline has going on:

  • In June 2016, USA Today took a look at the under-construction rail cars at the Siemens Mobility plant in Sacramento, CA.  All of the passenger cars are equipped with power outlets at every seat and are 100% ADA accessible accommodating riders with wide aisles for wheelchairs.
Brightline train

Michael Reininger, the president of Florida-based Brightline, stands in the company’s under-construction locomotive.

  • Meanwhile, MiamiCentral Station’s 11-acre development is taking shape as parking and office space construction now has 50 ft. columns in place. The Real Deal highlighted the first delivery of the 247 concrete beams for Brightline’s track.
Brightline construction workers

Downtown Miami construction workers prepare to hoist a concrete beam to Brightline’s track.

  • Work will soon begin on the elevated train tracks as the process for excavating the rain infrastructure foundations is now complete and about 90 percent of the columns have been cast.
Brightline Miami Central

MiamiCentral station August 2016

 

Brightline’s Orlando Station isn’t far behind. During late 2017, All Aboard Florida is expected to complete building the route between Cocoa and Orlando, allowing riders to and from Miami and Orlando to enjoy a comfortable car free ride in close to three hours.

Our demands for the expansion for public transit projects are being answered and thanks to Brightline Miami WorldCenter residents and visitors can start planning car free vacations for summer of 2017.



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