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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 Reaches Pact on Orlando Expansion

December 5, 2018

Brightline has reached agreements involving grade crossing safety, bridge operations and station funding in the Treasure Coast area of Florida north of West Palm Beach.

The agreements remove some obstacles to launching service to Orlando International Airport.

Martin County will allow Virgin Trains USA to assume some of those responsibilities

Martin along with Indian River County and a citizens group had filed suit seeking to stop the Brightline expansion.

Martin County and the citizen group have agreed to end the legal action, but Indian River County has not.

Brightline/Virgin will be able to upgrade the Florida East Coast Railway line it will use to double track supporting 110-mph operation.

Among the improvements that Brightline/Virgin will make are:

— Install vehicle presence detection and/or exit gates at 21 highway crossings;

— Install and pay for sidewalks at eight crossings where they don’t now exist;

— Share equally in the cost of a pedestrian bridge in downtown Stuart, Fla.;

— Pay $1 million toward fencing in the county;

— Pay for annual highway crossing maintenance costs above what the county pays now, estimated at least $10 million, for 14 years after passenger service begins;

— Build at least one station in the county and pay half the cost;

— Elevate a portion of the St. Lucie River bridge to allow passage of more marine traffic when the drawbridge is down, promise consistent bridge openings of 15 minutes every hour, and pay for a full-time bridge monitor;

— Allow Loxahatchee River Bridge openings at a consistent time each hour, with closures no longer than 30 minutes.

Brightline, Virgin Group Announce Partnership

November 20, 2018

Brightline and the Virgin Group have announced the formation of a partnership that will seek to provide the Brightline brand of intercity rail passenger service elsewhere in the United States.

In an announcement, the two companies said the partnership will involve a strategic partnership and trademark licensing agreement that will result in Bightline trains, stations and future developments being marketed under the brand Virgin Trains USA starting in 2019.

Brightline operates intercity rail service in Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach.

It has proposed extending gthat service to Orlando and Tampa, and is also seeking to acquire  XpressWest, which is seeking to establish a rail line between Las Vegas and Southern California.

Virgin Group has made a minority share investment in Brightline for an undisclosed amount.

Fortress Investment Group has retained majority ownership of Brightline.
Virgin Group operates intercity rail services in the United Kingdom, including Virgin Trains, a high-speed intercity passenger-rail system.