According to a report by the Miami Herald, Brightline is one step closer to connecting Tampa and Orlando, because the state gave the light rail operator approval to negotiate for land to begin construction on the much-anticipated Tampa-to-Orlando service. The operator has three months to come to an agreement with the Central Florida Expressway to build the track along I-4. The official station location in Tampa has not yet been determined.
The high-speed train service promises to make things more convenient for both Tampa and Orlando residents. It would make it easier and safer for Tampa folk to experience all that’s going on in Orlando – including tourist attractions like Disney World and Universal – and to visit cultural hubs like the Milk District. Similarly, Orlando residents will be able to come down and experience Sparkman Wharf, the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Museum of Art.
In addition, the service should help expand tourism. But that’s not all – the Miami Herald reports that the 88-mile route, with potential stops in Lakeland and Polk, before hitting Celebration and downtown Orlando, could provide 1,600 permanent jobs, and 16,500 temporary jobs during its construction.
Since the Virgin Group is investing in the service, once it’s live it won’t be known as Brightline, but will be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA.
You can learn more about the service by visiting its website.