Posts Tagged ‘Brightline expansion’

Brightline Says Orlando Extension Half Done

May 21, 2021

Brightline said it recently passed the halfway mark for construction of its extension to Orlando, Florida.

The company celebrated the milestone during an event held at the future site of a vehicle maintenance facility just south of the Orlando International Airport.

During the event, attendees signed a 12-foot, bright yellow stick of steel rail, which will be incorporated into Brightline’s track between the airport station and the maintenance facility.

Brightline is building a 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to the airport in a $4.2 billion project.

Regular Brightline service operates between Miami and West Palm Beach although that service has been suspended since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brightline Aims to Resume in 4th Quarter

April 9, 2021

Brightline is looking to resume operations between Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida, in the fourth quarter of this year.

The intercity passenger carrier suspended operations in March 2020 after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the meantime, the company continues to construct its expansion to Orlando.

Workers recently completed a second highway grade separation east of the Orlando Airport.

They used pre-cast concrete boxes that were pushed under a road to reduce extended auto traffic disruptions and construction costs.

The project did result last month in narrowed highway lanes and a few overnight closures of the Beachline Expressway where the rail right-of-way from Orlando joins Florida East Coast Railway’s main line just west of Cocoa, Florida.

Brightline Orlando Line 45% Done

November 27, 2020

Brightline said its line to Orlando is about 45 percent completed.

The route is expected to be completed in 2022 and will link with the carrier’s current northern terminus in West Palm Beach.

An Orlando station facility is about a quarter completed. It is expected to have 109,000 square feet of space.

Brightline may share 28 miles of tracks in the Orlando area with commuter railroad SunRail, which would enable Brightline to reach Walt Disney World while allowing SunRail to serve the Orlando airport.

Although Brightline hopes to eventually  create an extension to Tampa, it has yet to reach an agreement for a lease of right-of-way with the Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Utilites Commission, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Las Vegas Rail Project Bond Sale Facing Delays

October 28, 2020

A proposed high-speed rail route between Las Vegas and Southern California has been rebranded as Brightline West.

In the meantime, a public sale of bonds to finance creation of the line has been delayed.

Construction of the line will be undertaken in six phases, split evenly between California and Nevada.

Construction under the current timeline is projected to start later this year and will include

most of the right-of-way not within the median of Interstate 15.

The middle and north sections, 45 and 51 miles, respectively, are projected to begin in the second quarter of 2021.

One Nevada segment is projected to start this year with two other segments to get underway in the second quarter of 2021.

A website devoted to the project said, though, that the timeline is subject to change and is contingent upon bonds being sold in California by Dec. 1.

The prospect of a delay increased this week when Fortress Investment Group delayed the pricing of $3.2 billion of municipal bonds it will seek to sell to finance the project.

Some observers said this may be a sign that investors were hesitant to finance what they view as a speculative project at a time of economic uncertainty.

No new date has been set for the bond sale.

Construction of Brightline Tampa Route Expected to Start in 2022

October 28, 2020

Construction of the Brightline route between Orlando and Tampa line is expected to start in 2022 with a completion date of 2025.

That timeline was advanced by Michael Cegelis, Brightline’s executive vice president of rail infrastructure.

He also said Brightline is studying a potential shared operation on some of the route with Orlando commuter railroad SunRail.

The proposal calls for Brightline to use existing SunRail tracks to reach Disney World and the Orlando International Airport.

The Tampa route is expected to be built in part along Interstate 4.

Cegelis said that Brightline is giving a higher priority to reaching Disney World than Tampa. timeline.