This year a new convenience will be coming to residents of Florida: the Brightline. Developed by All Aboard Florida, The Brightline is an express train service that will run through southeast Florida, providing intercity transportation for tourists and residents alike.
Where will it take you?
The Brightline will bring you to or from these four cities: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. Phase one of the train system, which includes Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, is scheduled to be finished this summer. The Orlando system is part of Phase two, whose projected completion date has not yet been released. However, when the Orlando system does come along it will hold extreme significance. How so? A train from Miami to Orlando means fun trips to Disney World and all the other parks without the long, exhausting drive, which is absolutely amazing.
The Bright Blue–the first of five locomotives in the train system, each bearing different color-oriented names–arrived in South Florida in December of 2016. The remaining four train sets will arrive later this month and will come in the following hues: pink, red, orange, and green. The train sets have been, and will continue to be, manufactured entirely in the U.S.
Why ride the Brightline?
This train possesses a ton of cool features that are sure to make the transport an attraction amongst Floridians and Florida-goers. The train, which can travel between 79 and 125 mph, was designed to get you to your destination in speed, comfort, and convenience. Stepping onto this train will allow you to skip ahead of traffic and cut down on travel time, parking, and gasoline expenses.
The trains are equipped with comfortable recliner seating, free wifi, USB/AV power outlets, panoramic windows providing for a great view, overhead reading lights, tray tables, and an overall sleek design. Each train also features a few configurations of four oriented seats around a table for extra space when dining or working. Each large window is accompanied by a shade that can be pulled down during travel as a defense against the brazen Florida sunshine.
The entire restroom experience is virtually hands-free with an automatic door that opens, closes, and locks at the touch of a button. Designers really worked hard to implement and maintain an air of cleanliness in this area.
The privately owned and operated train system will create around 10,000 jobs ranging from construction to sustained development and is expected to bring $6.4 billion of direct economic impact to Florida’s economy over the next eight years.
Developers haven’t yet decided on ticket prices for a ride in one of the Brightline coaches, but have said they will definitely be settled on the prices closer to the launch date. As an added convenience, weekly, monthly, and annual passes will be available to frequent travellers as well as Multi-Trip Packs.
This development screams convenience and efficiency, two things everyone–especially those living in the congested South Florida area–will definitely appreciate. I, myself, am a Miami native and I can’t wait to climb aboard the Brightline and get a new perspective of South Florida.
By Robyn Forbes