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Long awaited, Brightline has finally announced that they will start high-speed rail service between Orlando and Miami in 2023. Scroll down to learn all the currently available details.
Brightline has been operating between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami since 2018. Service between those cities has been a huge success, according to the company, though you might remember news about Virgin Trains USA introducing high-speed rail service in South Florida around when Brightline started. These were, in fact, one-in-the-same, but Brightline broke up with Virgin (details are iffy) and until now the Orlando connection got put on the back burner.
The new route is supposed to allow for train travel at up to 125 mph, meaning around a 3-hour trip from Orlando Airport (MCO) to Miami. The same route typically takes over four hours to drive. That's a significant improvement, though well-behind the standards set across Asia and Europe.
It's also pretty neat that Brightline is said to be using 100% recycled materials that are made in the United States. With train travel already many times more eco-friendly than driving or flying, this does really sound like a nice start for the most fossil-fuel guzzling nation on Earth.
Brightline also has plans for more routes around Florida, but the news of frequent Orlando to Miami service is already a big game changer. It will be interesting to see what fares look like, since current fares between West Palm Beach and Miami can be somewhat of a bargain and onboard service is said to be solid.
Floridians and non-Floridians that enjoy the sun: Will you be traveling with Brightline to/from Orlando once service starts?
Read more about it on the Brightline website.