Brightline to Conduct High-Speed Train Testing Prior to Orlando Launch

Brightline, the privately run intercity rail line, is set to launch its service to Orlando later this year, with ticket sales scheduled for May. Currently, the company is working on increasing the speed of its trains by conducting tests until July. The tests are focused on improving the existing corridor, commissioning a new rail signal system, and conducting brake testing at higher speeds.

The high-speed trains will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach to Orlando with speeds reaching 125 mph along the Beachline Expressway/SR 528 between Orlando International Airport and Cocoa. Additionally, speeds will reach 110 mph on the north-south corridor between Cocoa and West Palm Beach, affecting multiple railroad crossings.

During the tests, as active high-speed testing is ongoing, flaggers will be present at all railroad crossings. The company has encouraged pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers to sign up for Brightline alert updates to stay aware of testing schedules. Additionally, the company has urged individuals to follow important safety guidelines, obey the law around active railroad tracks and crossings, and stay vigilant while driving or walking near the tracks.

Brightline has released a schedule for the testing, which is subject to change. The Orange and Brevard Counties area will experience daytime testing along Beachline Expressway up to Cocoa through July. Brevard County, on the other hand, is expected to have high-speed testing up to 110 mph in June and July, with additional information on dates and locations anticipated.

Indian River County will have testing up to 79 mph during the daytime through 11 miles and 13 crossings. Continuous flagging operations will be present during the testing period from Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, May 19, with more testing expected in June and July.

Finally, Martin and St. Lucie Counties will have continuous flagging operations and train testing up to 110 mph during the day through 22 miles and 14 crossings from Wednesday, May 31, through Sunday, June 4. The company has also shared a list of various crossings expected to experience high-speed testing.

Brightline has urged individuals to be aware that laws must be obeyed to ensure safety and avoid any fines, points, or serious accidents. The company has made it clear they will continue to update the testing schedule to ensure public safety and security.

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