Brightline’s project to build a rail line between Miami and Orlando is now about halfway finished and reportedly within budget and on schedule.
The news was revealed in a December 11 filing to investors. The Brightline trains have not been running for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Although a difficult decision, we have decided to temporarily suspend Brightline service in the best interest of the entire South Florida community as we all seek to flatten the [COVID-19] curve.” Sep 30, 2020
Now Brightline is planning to launch the new train service to Orlando in the fourth quarter of 2022 when trains should be back up and running.
Groundbreaking took place in April 2019 with construction between West Palm Beach and Miami complete.
Brightline is the one and only train line which connects West Palm Beach, Florida to Miami with 9 trains per day. Older trains known as, TriRail, run from North Miami to Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County.
Substantial completion from West Palm Beach to Cocoa is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Work between Cocoa and Orlando International Airport is 57% complete, with substantial completion expected in June 2022.
Within Orlando International Airport, four miles of rail alignment was more than 50% complete, with completion expected in October 2021.
By 2023, Brightline expects to achieve an average fare of $100 from Miami to Orlando, and $45 from Miami to West Palm Beach.
Here’s an exact timeline of when the company expects service to begin or resume:
Miami to West Palm Beach – Third quarter of 2021
Aventura – Third quarter of 2021
PortMiami – First quarter of 2022
Boca Raton – First quarter of 2022
Extension to Orlando – Fourth Quarter of 2022
Station at Disney Springs – Fourth Quarter of 2023