Brightline Achieves Major Milestone in Pursuit of Tampa Extension
ORLANDO, FLA. – July 20, 2021 – Today the Central Florida Expressway Authority unanimously approved a resolution of support for Brightline’s planned expansion between Orlando International Airport and Tampa. The Central Florida Expressway Authority Board, the governing body for SR 417, Brightline’s preferred route, cleared the way for Brightline to study a high-speed rail alignment along this corridor. The 17-mile-long path would connect the Brightline station at Orlando International Airport to the I-4 corridor.
Brightline is currently in discussions with the FDOT on a corridor along I-4 that will comprise the final leg to connect Orlando to Tampa via high-speed rail.
“We’ve always found success by building a large and wide-ranging coalition of support, which was on display today,” said Christine Kefauver, Brightline’s senior vice president for corporate development.
“Today’s resolution of support brings us one-step closer to connecting Orlando and Tampa with Brightline’s modern, eco-friendly intercity rail service. Brightline is already making a significant impact in Florida today and by expanding to Tampa, we will deliver new mobility solutions and thousands of more jobs to Central Florida.”
Brightline’s expansion project connecting Miami to Orlando is expected to reach substantial completion in late 2022.
Brightline is the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, high-speed rail service in America. The company currently operates between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida and is scheduled to complete construction to the Orlando International Airport by the end of 2022. Brightline was recognized in 2020 by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in travel, offering a guest-first experience designed to reinvent train travel and take cars off the road. Brightline plans to bring its award-winning service to additional city pairs and congested corridors across the country that are too close to fly and too long to drive, with immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.
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