New Train to Orlando to Set State Speed Record

Brightline Florida
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When the private passenger rail line Brightline finally begins service in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), it is expected to be the fastest train service the State of Florida has ever seen.

Brightline Orlando Station

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While it is expected to provide connecting transportation to Theme Park Guests from MCO to two stations at the Orange County Convention Center–near Universal Orlando Resort–, and International Drive–near Walt Disney World Resort–, on its way to Tampa, Brightline will first provide connection to Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and the rest of The Sunshine State’s Southeast Corridor. Its route will include a vast stretch of new rail track on which the trains are set to hit 125 miles per hour.

According to a company press release, Brightline has begun high-speed tests on this east/west stretch from MCO to the turn south along US 1. That speed, covering over 2 miles per minute, will be the norm for this section during the full ride to Miami Central Station in Brickell. These tests also follow other speed tests between West Palm Beach and Cocoa Beach where the trains are expected to run at 110 mph. However, that stretch includes several crossing points for cars, and there is a lingering concern regarding local motorists who are still unaccustomed to seeing trains frequently on the tracks.



Brightline spokesperson Katie Mitzner pointed out that the record speed tests will be carried out on a 35-mile stretch that is completely separated from automobiles.

“The rail corridor is fenced and there are no public grade crossings,” Mitzner said. “With no public grade crossings, train testing will not impact motorists.”

The company did mention that there will still be moments when the elevated tracks come within sight of motorways. They have also continued to work with Florida cities to ensure that the public is educated on rail safety for the changes to come.

Brightline Pledge Card

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Disney Cruise Line passengers should be aware that once opened, Brightline will turn MCO into a possible port-of-entry option into the State of Florida, as it does provide shuttle service to the cruise ships at the Miami Cruise Terminal.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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