Brightline CEO talks the future of high-speed rail in Florida

ORLANDO, Florida. – The option of taking a high-speed train from Orlando to Miami will soon become a reality.

Brightline, the nation’s only private passenger rail company, hopes to complete construction in central Florida by the end of 2022. The company resumed operations in November after suspending operations for nearly 20 months due to the pandemic.

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As excitement mounts for the future, Brightline CEO Mike Reininger told presenter Justin Warmoth on ‘The Weekly’ that the company is focusing on safety after several recent crossing accidents in South Florida.

“Never, ever try to beat the train,” Reininger said. “The incidents we’ve had so far are really all a consequence of that.”

In February, Brightline completed the first major construction area for the West Palm Beach extension at Orlando International Airport. In the airport corridor, trains will travel 35 miles per hour before reaching 125 miles per hour along SR 528.

“We will be running service from Orlando International Airport to Miami Central Station,” Reininger said. “It’s a trip that will take about three hours and will be completely hassle-free.”

Reininger also talked about onboard amenities, Brightline+ ground transportation service, and the possibility of expanding routes to Tampa in the future.

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Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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