Posts Tagged ‘Tampa’

Brightline, Florida Resume Talks Over Tampa Extension

March 5, 2021

The Florida Department of Transportation and Brightline have resumed talks about the latter’s proposal to extend its route to Tampa.

Brightline has proposed building the Tampa extension from Orlando in the median of Florida Route 417 and Interstate 4.

Negotiations between the two parties had been suspended in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FDOT has asked Brightline to address a number of issues including a method to recover toll revenue lost because of Brightline’s construction and operation.

The agency also has questions about a resolution from Orlando’s airport authority supporting the Orlando-Tampa service and execution of an agreement meeting the requirements for use of the Central Florida Rail Corridor.

Brightline was asked to address these matters by July 31.

Silver Service Changes Coming July 6

July 3, 2020

Amtrak will implement on Monday (July 6) changes to the operations of its Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains between New York and Miami.

Currently both trains operate daily but that will no longer be the case as operation is curtailed so that there will be just one daily train between New York and Miami.

The Silver Star will depart on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and depart Miami on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Silver Meteor will depart New York on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and depart Miami on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said each train will have five refurbished Amfleet II coaches, three Viewliner sleeping cars, an Amfleet café car and a Viewliner II sleeper lounge for the exclusive use of sleeper class passengers.

Although train service to Tampa will only operate three days a week, an Amtrak Thruway bus connection serving Tampa will connect with the Silver Meteor at Orlando.

The New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto will continue to operate daily as will the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida.

Brightline to Create Station for Orlando Tourists

January 29, 2019

Tourists will be the primary beneficiary of a station that Brightline plans to develop in Orlando.

The idea behind the concept is to cater to those traveling to Orlando’s theme parks.

Brightlight has not yet said where the station will be located but in documents submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation the carrier hinted that it might create a connection with SunRail, a commuter service in Orlando, and create a station in Lakeland.

Brightline has also indicated an interest in creating a stop for Disney World.

“On our way to Tampa we will likely have a station somewhere around theme parks in Orlando and we think that’s going to be a great thing for our partnership with the Tampa airport,” said Bob O’Malley, Brightline’s vice president of governmental affairs.

Service to Tampa is expected to begin in 2021. Brightline is in the process of transitioning to the Virgin Rail brand.

Brightline Gets OK to Seek Land Lease

December 4, 2018

Brightline has received a green light from the Florida Department of Transportation to seek a lease of land to be used for a proposed Orland-Tampa intercity rail service route.

The private passenger carrier will have 90 days to negotiate the lease with the Central Florida Expressway Authority for land adjacent to Interstate 4.

Brightline was the only company that submitted a proposal to the state to operate a rail passenger service between the two cities, which are 88 miles apart.

The right of way will be 44 feet wide footprint and would extend from Orlando International Airport through Osceola and Polk counties to downtown Tampa.

Intermediate stations would be established in Celebration and Lakeland, Florida.

The passenger carrier must also hold talks with utilities, local land owners and leaders of local communities along the route.

Amtrak’s Silver Star currently provides service between Orlando and Tampa.