Orlando’s high-speed rail extension will be all American-made – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. — Brightilne says it’s not just about connecting high-speed rail service from South Florida to Central Florida, it’s also creating jobs.


The first train for their Orlando expansion arrived at Orlando International Airport last month.

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Brightline officials claim that everything inside and out of any of their trains is 100% made in America.

Construction of the Orlando extension is approximately 75% complete, thanks to more than 1,000 local workers, and more jobs are on the way.

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Brightline’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility, located just south of Orlando International Airport, for example, is where trains will go to be serviced.

“It will house approximately 175 jobs for the highly skilled workers who will maintain the trains, and the people who maintain our track will also be in this facility,” said Brightline executive vice president Michael Cegelis.

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“We were the first to say, 100%, if you’re going to build on our train, it’s going to be here in America,” said Tom Rutkowski, Mechanical Director of Brightline. “Ultimately, we felt this was part of our Brightline story. We were born an American company and we want to continue.

Construction of Brightline’s Orlando extension is expected to be completed this year. It will start carrying the first passengers sometime in 2023.

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Jose P. Rogers