Brightline, which currently runs passenger rail between Miami and West Palm Beach, is set to open its expanded service on September 22. Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
By Daniel C. Vock
A private railroad operator will start service between Orlando and Miami next week, with trains reaching 125 miles an hour on the three-hour journey. It marks the first time in decades that American cities will get a new rapid rail connection, and it will offer the fastest trains outside of the Northeast Corridor.
Brightline, the company that operates the trains, said service between Orlando’s airport and downtown Miami will start Friday, Sept. 22. The railroad started service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2018, but the new 235-mile route will take its trains further up the coast to Cocoa (near Cape Canaveral) and then northwest alongside a highway until reaching the Orlando airport. Eventually, Brightline hopes to connect the line to the Tampa area on the Gulf Coast as well.
“Opening Orlando fulfills our ultimate business model,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline, in a statement. “We have seen incredible enthusiasm from the business and tourism industries eager to travel between Central and South Florida.”