Brightline says it wants to increase train speeds to 150mph – The Next Miami

Brightline’s new train service to Tampa could operate at higher speeds than previously announced, a company executive said this month.

The new higher speed could make Brightline a true high-speed train service by some definitions. Brightline previously predicted a top speed of 125 miles per hour.

“We are exploring opportunities to achieve up to 150 miles per hour on the I-4 straights,” said Christine Kefauver, senior vice president of corporate development at Brightline.

The company plans to build its own secure corridor between Orlando and Tampa, as it currently does between Cocoa and Orlando.

Passengers will be able to get from Miami to Tampa in about four hours, according to Kefauver.

The price will be a bit lower than flying and comparable to the IRS reimbursement rate for driving – about 55 cents per mile.

Kefauver made the comments during a presentation to the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization, first reported by St. Pete Catalyst.

The company is closing in on resolving a dispute in Orlando over routing, and completion of the Tampa expansion is expected by 2028 at the latest.

A video of the TPO presentation can be viewed here.

Jose P. Rogers