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For the occasion, attendees of yesterday’s celebration signed a 12-foot long, bright yellow rod made of steel rail. Photo –

Brightline recently announced a milestone: the privately owned, high-speed company exceeded the half-life of construction on its extension from Miami to Orlando, Florida.

The company marked the milestone during an event at the future vehicle maintenance facility (VMF) location south of Orlando International Airport (OIA). Progress on Brightline’s VMF and the 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to OIA represent the company’s private investment of $ 4.2 billion in the state of Florida, company officials said in a press release.

Brightline executives, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings attended the event, which included a tour.

Attendees signed a 12 foot long, bright yellow steel track bar that will be integrated into Brightline’s track between the OIA station and the VMF.

When completed, the corridor will connect south and central Florida (235 miles), making it one of the largest privately financed infrastructure projects in the country. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Brightline has more than 1,000 construction workers in multiple locations for the 170 mile project that includes 48 bridges, 52,000 tons of steel rails, 1.4 million square feet of retaining walls and 6 million cubic feet of earth dam.

Overall, Brightline’s high-speed network will create more than 10,000 jobs and an economic impact of more than $ 6.4 billion over eight years.


Janet Smith