Congressman Darren Soto announced today that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has approved phase II of the All Aboard Florida (AAF)/Brightline project, a high-speed rail service that would run from Orlando to Miami, Florida’s largest business and tourism hubs.
The new terminal for Brighline’s trains is being constructed at the Orlando International Airport. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, trains will reach a speed of 110 mph between West Palm Beach and Cocoa, and up to 125 mph on the east-west route from Cocoa to Orlando International Airport. The traveling public will eventually be able to get from Miami to Orlando in 3 hours. The Brightline Express is the country’s first private high-speed rail service and the first privately funded high speed rail in the United States.
“I am ecstatic to see this project advance. We are one step closer to a historic high-speed rail service that would not only ease travel from Central to South Florida, but will also connect businesses and boost our tourism industry,” stated Rep. Soto. “As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, I am proud that Brightline has chosen to make Central Florida a model for cutting edge high-speed transportation technology.”