Updates for Florida’s AllAboard Brightline high-speed passenger trains are coming at a rapid pace now as we get closer to the start of Miami – Fort Lauderdale – West Palm Beach service this summer.
The Big Reveal
On January 11, Brightline unveiled their first completed train-set – BrightBlue. With two locomotives and four coaches, the train-set is approximately 500 feet long and was manufactured by Siemens using components from more than 40 suppliers across more than 20 states and is “100 percent Buy America compliant.” BrightBlue is being housed at its new railroad operations facility, Workshop b, in West Palm Beach, Florida where Brightline executives showed off their shiny new train.
“We are excited to welcome our first Brightline trainset to Florida and provide a preview of the entire train,” said Mike Reininger, president of Brightline. “Our trains are among the most innovative in the United States and the world, with every detail having been designed and built from the guest’s perspective, making it easy, convenient and comfortable to ride. We are looking forward to the launch our new express, inter-city service this summer. South Florida is very close to experiencing the future of train travel, a new travel alternative as an option to private cars on crowded roads.”
BrightBlue’s coach cars feature “custom-designed ergonomic leather seats” that are 19 inches (Smart coach) to 21 inches wide (Select coach), complimentary Wi-Fi, bike racks on every train, and are pet-friendly. BrightBlue exceeds ADA compliance standards with level boarding and automated retractable platforms, 32 inch wide aisles, and accessible “touchless” restrooms.
Last week, BrightBlue began track testing a nine-mile stretch between Park Place in West Palm Beach and Central Boulevard in Lantana.
There will not be any passengers onboard while test track testing is underway. The train will operate under all Federal Railroad Administration regulations. During the testing, Brightline will utilize 45,000 pounds of sand to simulate passengers, baggage, and supplies.
Brightline will redefine what it means to travel by train in America with express inter-city passenger rail service arriving 2017, providing an important transportation alternative to connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando. The service will ease the stress of traffic, provide a simple and intuitive experience from door to destination, and foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida. Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States.