Scheduled to being operations in 2017, the new Miami-Orlando high speed rail project will carry passengers between Florida’s two largest, most international cities and link the state’s two tourist-y-est destinations. The group behind the project, previously known as “All Aboard Florida”, recently unveiled what their new trains would look like- as well as renderings of what the new, highly anticipated train terminals will look and feel like once they’re done.
“I promise you the real thing will be a lot bigger than this,” said All Aboard Florida president Michael Reininger, at a press conference where the company released details about the trains- including a number of tiny, brightly colored model train toys- and a brand-new name for the high speed rail service: Brightline.
Brightline Model Trains
According to the Herald, Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo exclaimed “I feel like Godzilla!” as he towered over the models, swiping at them, happily.
He should be happy, too- as a kid growing up in Miami in the 80s and 90s, I read about different Miami-Orlando train projects coming along every few years before dissipating without building anything. Brightline, to its credit, is different from those. Ground broke on the new Brightline stations late last year, and the line already has plans to run 16 round-trip trains a day between Miami and Orlando (with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach) that will cover the 235-mile route in about three hours.
If the train really does happen, get ready to read about Florida’s booming economy in the coming years. Unless, you know, they’re under water or something.
Brightline High Speed Rail Project Renderings
Source | Images: Brightline, via the Miami Herald.