Brightline Train Projects

Updated 1/19/2022

The Brightline qualifying runs will resume tomorrow (1/20/22) from West Palm Beach to Cocoa. No runs will occur today (1/19/22) north of West Palm Beach.

Media availability will be tomorrow, January 20 starting at 10am at the Michigan Ave. RR crossing (east side) in Cocoa.

The runs are an opportunity for locomotive engineers and train conductors to learn the tracks and territory along the corridor. The trains do NOT carry passengers and will operate at freight speeds, with maximum speeds of 60 miles per hour. For qualifying runs, Brightline trains will NOT be operating faster than 60 miles per hour. 

Qualifying trains will operate one round trip a day and are expected to occur daily through 2022. Qualifying runs are the federally approved approach to familiarize certified engineers and conductors with new rail territory. Operating a train requires engineers and conductors to be intimately familiar with the rail corridor, including road crossings, signals, curves and speed restrictions. During qualifying runs, Brightline train crews will work with a manager already qualified on the territory, who provides oversight and instruction. 

Per federal statute, Brightline and freight trains will be required to blow the horn as they approach at-grade crossings or in an emergency situation.

Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, always expect a train and obey all traffic laws and signals around crossings. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live. 

  • Do not drive or walk around crossing gates when they are down. It is dangerous and illegal. 
  • Remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks, remember trains operate in both directions.
  • Only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing and never walk alongside the tracks, which is dangerous and illegal. 
  • Never stop on the tracks.

Stay current on Brightline’s Orlando updates by signing up for text alerts. Text January to 888-384-0037.

Construction on Brightline’s extension to Orlando is more than 70% complete and spans from the Brightline West Palm Beach station to the Orlando station at Orlando International Airport. To date, the project employs more than 1,300 workers who have worked 4.7M man hours. The north-south corridor between West Palm Beach and Cocoa includes 156 railroad crossings that are being upgraded with safety improvements. Improvements have been completed on more than half of the crossings with the additional crossing work to be completed this year. Brightline expects to reach substantial completion of the Orlando extension by the end of 2022 and begin service in early 2023. 

Updated 1/12/2022

Railroad Crossings / Lane Closures

Jupiter – Riverside Dr. and Alternate A1A

Day-time flagging operations, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to move materials for bridge construction, continuing through 2022. Crossings may be closed briefly (1-2 minutes) as trucks enter and exit the right of way.

Bridges

Jupiter – Loxahatchee River

Day-time pile driving operations, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Sunday, continuing through 2022 to install temporary work trestles (platforms) for cranes on the east and west sides of the existing bridge (north bank). 

 

Additional Safety Message:

 BRIGHTLINE TRAINS COMPLETE TESTING SCHEDULE BEGINS OCT. 15 IN SOUTH FLORIDA

Brightline, will be testing its full operating train schedule between West Palm Beach and Miami starting this week as it gears up to return to service this November. The public will continue to see increased train traffic on the rail corridor as Brightline nears its relaunch date. Prior to the restart of operations, Brightline is implementing additional safety measures, including the temporary installation of Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) at high trafficked crossings and the deployment of safety ambassadors throughout the community.

Brightline trains will operate at FRA-approved and authorized top speeds of 79 miles per hour along the entire 67-mile corridor. In light of this, Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live. Drivers and pedestrians should obey all traffic laws around crossings and never stop on the tracks. Pedestrians should remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a designated railroad crossing.

Key safety tips from Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about rail safety:

  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. 
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. 
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. 
  • If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle. 
  • At a multiple-track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn't safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
  • ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! 

Trains will be adhering to quiet zones throughout testing and will not sound horns in designated areas unless there is construction occurring or an emergency situation.

 

Updated 9/21/2021

 

Palm Beach County

Brightline Takes Critical Step Forward on Path for Service to Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. (September 21, 2021) – Brightline’s construction team is taking a critical step forward next week, beginning Saturday, September 25 toward the completion of its high-speed rail system. Brightline will conduct work, known as a signal and track cutover, along 13 miles of track in Palm Beach County, which will integrate a new second railroad track into the existing rail corridor. The work will spread across 17 railroad crossings between West Palm Beach and Jupiter and could bring additional wait times. Flaggers will be present at these crossings (listed below) while the new rail signal system is commissioned. Drivers and pedestrians should be aware that once the second track is commissioned, freight traffic could run on BOTH tracks.

Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings, obey all traffic laws around crossings and never stop on the tracks! Remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossingThe safety message is simple: look, listen, live. 

We encourage press to post on social media to alert the public on Brightline’s work.  Brightline will be posting announcements on its social channels as well: Twitter and Instagram

The following information is also available on the Brightline website,  Questions can be directed to Katie Mitzner, Brightline Director of Public Affairs at katie.mitzner@gobrightline.com or 407-502-3587.


About Brightline

Brightline is the first privately funded passenger rail system in America in over a century and was recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in travel. Brightline is designed to reinvent travel and take cars off the road by connecting city pairs and congested corridors that are too close to fly and too long to drive. Providing fast, efficient, hospitality-driven transportation featuring the latest in customer-friendly amenities, Brightline currently operates in Florida between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans to develop new stations in Boca Raton, Aventura and Port Miami. Construction to Orlando is underway and will be complete in late 2022. Brightline West, which will connect Las Vegas and Southern California, is shovel ready and expect to launch service in 2024.