June 11, 2016

REALLY USEFUL ENGINES:

First look: Rail cars for new Florida passenger train (Trevor Hughes, 6/10/16, USA TODAY)

Taking shape inside a factory here are the the privately run trains that will soon carry millions of Floridans and visitors to the Sunshine State as they zip between Miami and Orlando.

The Brightline service, scheduled to begin initial service between Miami and West Palm Beach in a year, is the first privately run and operated passenger rail system launched in the United States in 100 years. Operating with no public dollars, Brightline will compete with both private cars and airlines as it races at up to 125 mph along the 235-mile route.

Brightline will expand to the Orlando airport in 2018, depending on how quickly the company can built a new station there. The ride from Miami to Orlando will take about three hours, and Brightline will offer an integrated car service to pick up and drop off passengers so they don't have to drive to or from the stations, smoothing visits to Orlando-based Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

Brightline officials say they're targeting a wide variety of travelers, including Millennials who are increasingly likely to avoid driving and who grew reading about Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Posted by at June 11, 2016 6:14 AM

  

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