Brightline High Speed ​​Rail Connection Plans from Tampa to Orlando

The passenger railroad is making progress in its effort to connect its service to the Tampa Bay area. Plans include extending rail lines through Polk County.

TAMPA, Fla. — Plans to connect Tampa to Orlando with a high-speed passenger train are still underway. Traffic reduction along Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando has been ongoing for years. With more than 150,000 people commuting every day, many say it’s long overdue.

This is why the leaders in passenger rail Light line are working to speed up travel between the two cities with their high-speed train.

Where to settle in Tampa Bay is still undetermined but for now, all signs point to Ybor City. Brightline executives are working with the Hillsborough Transport Planning Organization to get things moving.

the Florida Department of Transportation launched a statewide listening session to find out what would work best. Brightline already operates between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. A connector from West Palm Beach to Orlando is currently under construction and expected to be completed by the end of this year or early next year.

Bringing it to Tampa would mean the rail would run along I-4 through Polk County.

The train would travel up to 120 miles per hour in rural areas, but much slower in cities.

At this time, although there are no approved plans for Brightline in Tampa. If that happens, we’re told, it probably won’t become a reality for several years.

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Jose P. Rogers