Trains.com

Bright line information

45242 views
313 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    October 2014
  • 1,124 posts
Posted by Gramp on Sunday, April 23, 2023 9:12 PM

PJS1

 

 
blue streak 1
 I hesitate to buy a ticket.  Too much depends on final FRA appproval on the still to be completed FEC portions of 110 MPH running.  

 

I am waiting until September or October to give it a go.  I plan to fly to Miami, and ride roundtrip to Orlando and back in a day.  Just before the pandemic I rode the train from Miami to West Palm Beach and back.  I booked a premium seat; it was worth the extra money.  

 

Sounds fun!

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • 21,602 posts
Posted by Overmod on Monday, June 26, 2023 8:55 PM

The whole 170-mile route to Orlando was complete by June 21, and service is expected to commence some time this summer.

  • Member since
    June 2009
  • From: Dallas, TX
  • 6,933 posts
Posted by CMStPnP on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 9:59 AM

Overmod

The whole 170-mile route to Orlando was complete by June 21, and service is expected to commence some time this summer.

 

It says Sept 1, service starts on the below link.

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/brightlines-5b-orlando-florida-extension-complete/653775/

Note: The new estimated cost of California HSR between LA and SFO is now at..........wait for it..................$128 Billion.    Not too shabby, I think if they put their minds to it, California can easily drive that price tag over $200 Billion.

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • 2,325 posts
Posted by rdamon on Thursday, March 14, 2024 11:39 AM

New Stations announced in Stuart and Cocoa Florida 

The Cocoa station would be good for cruise connections at the port, maybe eliminate some bus traffic from MCO.

 

It would be great to see a station at the Melbourne Airport to give some flight options into Florida.

  • Member since
    September 2010
  • From: East Coast
  • 1,184 posts
Posted by D.Carleton on Thursday, March 14, 2024 12:54 PM

rdamon
New Stations announced in Stuart and Cocoa Florida 

The Cocoa station would be good for cruise connections at the port, maybe eliminate some bus traffic from MCO.

Curious. The proposed Stuart site is in reasonable walking distance of the waterfront and attractions. The Cocoa location is no where near the city center and would only be useful as an intermodal node. Maybe that's the idea.

Editor Emeritus, This Week at Amtrak

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • 2,325 posts
Posted by rdamon on Thursday, March 14, 2024 2:59 PM

Given that they bought the land awhile back, they must have had plans for this. 

Makes sense if they expand to Jacksonville. 

 

  • Member since
    September 2010
  • From: East Coast
  • 1,184 posts
Posted by D.Carleton on Friday, March 15, 2024 11:34 AM

rdamon

Given that they bought the land awhile back, they must have had plans for this. 

Makes sense if they expand to Jacksonville.

The property in Cocoa is after the split off the mainline so the location is not conducive for a stop for Jax service. 

Another oddity, they had agreed early on NOT to build a station in Cocoa per agreement with the Central Florida Expressway Authority so as not to negatively affect car counts ($$$$) on the parallel Beachline Expressway. So will this station be laid out in such a way as to attract non-drivers?

Editor Emeritus, This Week at Amtrak

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • 2,325 posts
Posted by rdamon on Friday, March 15, 2024 11:50 AM

Plenty of room on the city owned land to the south to add a station and a crossover back to the FEC track.

It will be interesting to see how this works out and who gets upset. 

  • Member since
    September 2011
  • 6,434 posts
Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, March 16, 2024 7:38 PM

D.Carleton

 

 
rdamon

Given that they bought the land awhile back, they must have had plans for this. 

Makes sense if they expand to Jacksonville.

 

The property in Cocoa is after the split off the mainline so the location is not conducive for a stop for Jax service. 

Another oddity, they had agreed early on NOT to build a station in Cocoa per agreement with the Central Florida Expressway Authority so as not to negatively affect car counts ($$$$) on the parallel Beachline Expressway. So will this station be laid out in such a way as to attract non-drivers?

 

 

I thought the photo of the station area showed the junction.

I also remember the Expressway's stipulation against a Cocoa station, but later when I looked for it I could no longer find mention of it.  I wonder if it might have been dropped because of possible pushback from Cocoa not wanting to be left out.

  • Member since
    December 2007
  • From: Georgia USA SW of Atlanta
  • 11,909 posts
Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, March 17, 2024 7:54 AM

Since Cocoa is a wye point please explasin how there can be a single station that would serve MIA - JAX, MIA - MCO, and MCO - JAX

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • 2,325 posts
Posted by rdamon on Sunday, March 17, 2024 6:05 PM

There is almost 3/4 of a mile between Michigan Road and the Split. The north parcel is owned by Brightline, the south by the city.

Currently they run MIA to MCO trains, with plans to TPA.

Cocoa - JAX or MIA JAX trains are an option with JAX to MCO requiring a train change or a change of direction. 

 

  • Member since
    December 2007
  • From: Georgia USA SW of Atlanta
  • 11,909 posts
Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, April 19, 2024 8:13 PM
  • Member since
    October 2014
  • 1,124 posts
Posted by Gramp on Friday, April 19, 2024 10:50 PM

blue streak 1

The comparison begins.

Wouldn't it be something if Briteline becomes operational for the Olympics?

  • Member since
    December 2007
  • From: Georgia USA SW of Atlanta
  • 11,909 posts
Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, April 27, 2024 4:42 PM

Brightline has another record ridership in March VS FEB.  Even accounting for 2 more days in March the month was larger.  Now there were 5 weekends in March VS FEB so that may have been a factor. 

Florida High Speed Rail Route Breaks Records (msn.com)

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy