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All Aboard Florida and Brightline stories

High-speed train bill could stall All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

High-speed train bill could stall All Aboard Florida’s Brightline

The day after All Aboard Florida’s Brightline welcomed the second train in its growing fleet, officials with the private rail venture said a proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could threaten its expansion to Orlando and other points across the state. The bill (SB 386), dubbed the Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act, cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, winning support from the...
Brightline to start service in July between WPB and Ft. Lauderdale

Brightline to start service in July between WPB and Ft. Lauderdale

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will launch its express passenger service in July, first running trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale before extending the service to Miami later this summer, a company executive said Friday. Brightline plans to start carrying passengers between stations in downtown West Palm Beach and downtown Fort Lauderdale in late July, Brightline’s Chief...
Brightline shuffles managers as it readies to launch service in summer

Brightline shuffles managers as it readies to launch service in summer

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has expanded its leadership team in preparation for the launch of the first leg of its passenger rail service this summer and the future expansion of the system north to Orlando. Michael Reininger, who has served as All Aboard’s president for more than four years and overseen the construction of the company’s rail line and passenger stations...

2nd Brightline train on its way to West Palm Beach

The second train in Brightline’s growing fleet is on its way to West Palm Beach. Photos posted on Facebook by rail enthusiasts late Tuesday show the train traveling through parts of California. Brightline unveiled its first train, named Bright Blue because of the color of the markings on its passenger cars, at a special event in January. The second train is dubbed Bright Pink. The trains are...
Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

A proposed bill regulating high-speed trains could delay the second phase of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project and impact the cost of moving freight across the state, rail companies warned a House panel this week. The Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee spent about an hour listening to a group of rail experts and government officials weigh in on the bill, dubbed the Florida High-Speed...
Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

Concern over Brightline prompts lawmakers to consider rail regulations

A House panel on Wednesday got its first glimpse at a proposal to regulate All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service and other high-speed rail ventures.
LATEST: See which major Boca roadway will be closed for six days

LATEST: See which major Boca roadway will be closed for six days

A key Boca Raton east-west roadway will close temporarily for several days as crews work to prepare for the new Brightline passenger-rail service. Palmetto Park Road will be closed at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks from 7 a.m. Feb. 17 through 6 p.m. Feb. 22 to allow workers to work on the rail line, according to a Brightline news release. The FEC tracks cross Palmetto Park Road just east...
Brightline starts testing its first train in West Palm Beach

Brightline starts testing its first train in West Palm Beach

All Aboard Florida’s first Brightline train rolled through West Palm Beach for just over an hour on Thursday afternoon, marking the start of a weeks-long testing phase required before the company can launch its passenger rail service this summer. The company’s “BrightBlue” train, a moniker based on the blue strips down the side of its cars, left Brightline’s rail repair...
Brightline train starts testing in Palm Beach County

Brightline train starts testing in Palm Beach County

All Aboard Florida’s first Brightline train began testing this afternoon along a 9-mile stretch of track just south of downtown West Palm Beach.
Concerns over Brightline spark push for high-speed rail regulations

Concerns over Brightline spark push for high-speed rail regulations

A group of Treasure Coast lawmakers concerned over the safety of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service filed bills on Tuesday aimed at regulating the company’s express-passenger trains and other high-speed rail ventures.
All Aboard’s Brightline train to begin tests on tracks this week

All Aboard’s Brightline train to begin tests on tracks this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service will start testing its first passenger train this week along a 9-mile stretch of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that runs from West Palm Beach to Lantana. But a planned quiet zone to silence train horns along the route will not be in place before the company begins testing the 489-foot-long train and its on-board systems, Brightline officials...
5 things to look for in Brightline’s new passenger trains

5 things to look for in Brightline’s new passenger trains

We got our first look this week at the new train for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service.
See photos, video of All Aboard’s first Brightline passenger train

See photos, video of All Aboard’s first Brightline passenger train

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service unveiled the first train in its growing fleet on Wednesday, marking a new phase for the company as officials shift their attention from construction to customer service.
UPDATE: See inside All Aboard Florida’s first Brightline train

UPDATE: See inside All Aboard Florida’s first Brightline train

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service unveiled the first train in its growing fleet on Wednesday, marking a new phase for the company as officials shift their attention from construction to customer service.
Banyan at railroad tracks to close for a week for Brightline work

Banyan at railroad tracks to close for a week for Brightline work

Another downtown road closure is coming as crews prepare for the launch of All Aboard Florida’s high-speed passenger rail service.
All Aboard’s Brightline to unveil first passenger train

All Aboard’s Brightline to unveil first passenger train

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will unveil its first passenger train at a private media event on Wednesday in West Palm Beach.
Construction advances on Brightline’s Miami station

Construction advances on Brightline’s Miami station

The first Brightline train has arrived, housed in the company’s rail repair facility off of Division Avenue in West Palm Beach on December 14, 2016.
Keep your eye on these transportation trends in 2017

Keep your eye on these transportation trends in 2017

This coming year is set to bring a slew of changes to how people get around Palm Beach County. From the launch of the new Brightline high-speed rail service, to expected construction on Interstate 95, to more details on plans for Florida’s Turnpike, here’s a look at what you can expect in transportation trends in the county for 2017. Brightline The first phase of All Aboard Florida&rsquo...
Brightline opponents call financing plan shift a “scheme” to avoid lawsuit

Brightline opponents call financing plan shift a “scheme” to avoid lawsuit

Two Treasure Coast counties who filed a federal lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s push to sell tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Brightline train service continue to press for access to records related to the sale.
First Brightline train arrives in West Palm Beach

First Brightline train arrives in West Palm Beach

Brightline’s first passenger train has arrived in West Palm Beach. Brightline’s first train Photo provided The train is being stored at the company’s rail repair facility on 15th Street in West Palm Beach.
800 Degrees Pizza to open in Brightline’s Miami station

800 Degrees Pizza to open in Brightline’s Miami station

Central Fare (Rendering provided) The Los Angeles-based fast-casual chain, 800 Degrees Pizza, will open its first South Florida location in Brightline’s train station in the heart of downtown Miami, the private rail venture announced Tuesday.
Brightline opponents want access to bond records

Brightline opponents want access to bond records

Two Treasure Coast counties who filed a federal lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s push to sell tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Brightline train service asked a federal judge on Thursday to allow them to review bond records before deciding whether to dismiss the case.
Indian River County drops permit challenge for All Aboard’s Brightline project

Indian River County drops permit challenge for All Aboard’s Brightline project

Indian River County has dropped its challenge of a water management permit for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service connecting Miami to Orlando.
All Aboard, federal officials move to end lawsuit over rail bonds

All Aboard, federal officials move to end lawsuit over rail bonds

The U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its 2014 approval granting All Aboard Florida’s Brightline permission to sell up to $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to pay for the rail project, a move federal officials now argue makes a lawsuit filed by opponents of the train service moot. In court documents filed Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it withdrew its original...
All Aboard, federal officials move to end lawsuit over tax-exempt rail bonds

All Aboard, federal officials move to end lawsuit over tax-exempt rail bonds

The U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its 2014 approval granting All Aboard Florida’s Brightline permission to sell up to $1.
Work at All Aboard station in West Palm Beach 70 percent complete

Work at All Aboard station in West Palm Beach 70 percent complete

With Brightline’s train set to arrive next month, the bulk of the construction on the buildings and tracks that will mark its route when service commences next year is complete. Nearly two months after crews finished vertical construction at All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach, work has moved to the inside of the building where the ticketing lobby...
Treasure Coast counties, anti-rail group want access to All Aboard’s bond plan

Treasure Coast counties, anti-rail group want access to All Aboard’s bond plan

The attorneys representing two Treasure Coast counties and a citizen’s group fighting to block All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail project are demanding access to the company’s financing plan.
Anti-rail group to hold town hall meetings about All Aboard’s Brightline

Anti-rail group to hold town hall meetings about All Aboard’s Brightline

The citizen’s group opposing All Aboard’s Brightline passenger train service will hold two town hall meetings this week to discuss the project.
Fern Street closed at rail crossing through Nov. 22 for Brightline work

Fern Street closed at rail crossing through Nov. 22 for Brightline work

Fern Street at the Florida East Coast Railway crossing in downtown West Palm Beach closed this morning, and will remain closed for nearly two weeks.
All Aboard’s Brightline renews push for tax-exempt bonds

All Aboard’s Brightline renews push for tax-exempt bonds

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has renewed its push to sell millions in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its proposed passenger train service connecting South Florida to Orlando.     All Aboard Florida won preliminary approval from the Department of Transportation in December 2014 to issue the private activity bonds. The company was initially given until July 1 , 2015 to complete...
How FEC, All Aboard Florida and CSX are preparing for Hurricane Matthew

How FEC, All Aboard Florida and CSX are preparing for Hurricane Matthew

Rail lines in Florida are preparing for possible effects as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state. Florida East Coast Railway is shutting down its train service tonight, said Robert Ledoux, FEC senior vice president and general counsel. Crews on those trains will swap about halfway through their trip so they can be back in their homes tonight, Ledoux said. FEC service will be closed tomorrow and...
All Aboard’s Brightline reaches building milestone at West Palm station

All Aboard’s Brightline reaches building milestone at West Palm station

Construction of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach reached a new milestone on Friday when company officials hoisted a bright yellow flag on top of the building to mark the completion of vertical construction at the site. Palm Beach County and West Palm Beach commissioners, tourism leaders and construction workers were among the roughly 100 people who attended...
All Aboard’s Brightline is 65 percent complete between Miami and WPB

All Aboard’s Brightline is 65 percent complete between Miami and WPB

Construction on the first phase of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rails service is more than 65 percent complete, a company official said. The first phase of project, which spans from Miami to West Palm Beach, includes the construction of three train stations and the installation of a second track  along the Florida East Coast Railway line. All Aboard Florida plans to extend...
All Aboard’s Brightline to hold “Topping Out” ceremony at West Palm station site

All Aboard’s Brightline to hold “Topping Out” ceremony at West Palm station site

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will hold a “Topping Out” ceremony on Sept. 30 at the site of the company’s passenger station in downtown West Palm Beach — an event that signifies work on the project has reached its top elevation. The ceremony is another milestone for the station — which is set to open next year when Brightline begins carrying passengers...

3 Things to Know: Brightline rail upgrades, train expected this fall

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced Thursday it has completed initial testing of its first locomotive at a manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California. The company said the locomotive, which is powered by a diesel-electric engine, was tested on a quarter-mile-long track at the Siemens manufacturing facility in California. As part of the announcement, Brightline posted a video on its...

All Aboard’s Brightline completes initial testing of locomotive

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced Thursday it has completed initial testing of its first locomotive at a manufacturing plant in Sacramento, California. The company said the locomotive, which is powered by a diesel-electric engine, was tested on a quarter-mile long track at the Siemens manufacturing facility in California. Brightline posted a video on its YouTube channel of the locomotive...
All Aboard station building manager sees ‘exciting times’ for West Palm

All Aboard station building manager sees ‘exciting times’ for West Palm

Brett Atkinson is the executive vice president of Moss & Associates, the Broward County-based firm overseeing the construction of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach. Atkinson has helped complete a number of landmark projects throughout South Florida, including several in West Palm Beach. Moss recently completed the construction of Marriott’s Residence...
Best of Our Blogs: Brightline trains on way; Fla. Realtors conference

Best of Our Blogs: Brightline trains on way; Fla. Realtors conference

All Aboard Florida‘s Brightline said Monday that its first passenger train is set to arrive this fall at the company’s rail repair facility currently under construction in West Palm Beach. “Once in the facility, it will undergo several months of static and dynamic testing,” Brightline said on its website. “When the dynamic testing begins, the train will be running on...
All Aboard’s first Brightline train set to arrive in WPB this fall

All Aboard’s first Brightline train set to arrive in WPB this fall

All Aboard Florida‘s Brightline said Monday that its first passenger train is set to arrive this fall at the company’s rail repair facility currently under construction in West Palm Beach. “Once in the facility, it will undergo several months of static and dynamic testing,” Brightline said on its website. “When the dynamic testing begins, the train will be running on...
Water managers issue permit for All Aboard rail project

Water managers issue permit for All Aboard rail project

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has won a key environmental approval from South Florida water managers, who on Friday announced they had signed off on a permit for the project detailing how the company will handle stormwater runoff around its rail line. The South Florida Water Management District said it has issued an environmental permit for the express-passenger rail line. The approval addresses...
Lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s bonds to continue

Lawsuit challenging All Aboard Florida’s bonds to continue

A lawsuit challenging federal transportation officials’ decision to allow All Aboard Florida to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service will continue, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper denied motions to dismiss the case, saying the bonds are key to All Aboard Florida’s ability to complete the second phase...

All Aboard’s Brightline breaks ground on parking garage in Ft. Lauderdale

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has broken ground on a new parking garage in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the company announced Wednesday. The seven-story garage, located next to the company’s train station in Broward County, will be used by Brightline riders when the new passenger service launches in mid-2017. The garage can hold 576 vehicles, and will also include about 1,570 square feet...
All Aboard suit will continue in federal court

All Aboard suit will continue in federal court

A lawsuit challenging federal transportation officials’ decision to allow All Aboard Florida to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its Brightline passenger train service will continue, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper denied motions to dismiss the case, saying the bonds are key to All Aboard Florida’s ability to complete the second phase...
Indian River County says it will not appeal All Aboard ruling

Indian River County says it will not appeal All Aboard ruling

Indian River County will not appeal a judge’s decision that it lacks standing to stop the issuance of $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to fund All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service, County Attorney Dylan Reingold said Friday. Although the county did not agree with the decision, Reingold said officials have decided not to challenge the June 10 ruling. Indian River County had sought...
Indian River County won’t appeal All Aboard challenge

Indian River County won’t appeal All Aboard challenge

Indian River County will not appeal a judge’s decision that it lacks standing to stop the issuance of $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to fund All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service.  Indian River County Attorney Dylan Reingold said Friday that although the county did not agree with the decision, it has decided not to challenge the June 10 ruling. “I have decided not...
Best of Our Blogs: Brightline road closure; Blocking robo-calls

Best of Our Blogs: Brightline road closure; Blocking robo-calls

Three residential streets in West Palm Beach will be closed at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks this week as All Aboard Florida completes work for its Brightline passenger rail service. Avenida Hermosa, El Vedado and Monroe Drive will be closed to traffic at the FEC tracks beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The residential streets are located west of Dixie Highway between Belvedere Road and Southern...
All Aboard Florida work to close intersections in West Palm Beach

All Aboard Florida work to close intersections in West Palm Beach

Three residential streets in West Palm Beach will be closed at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks this week as All Aboard Florida completes work for its Brightline passenger rail service. (Provided) Avenida Hermosa, El Vedado and Monroe Drive will be closed to traffic at the FEC tracks beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The residential streets are located West of Dixie Highway  between Belvedere...
Brightline Miami station rises, more relevant to PBC residents

Brightline Miami station rises, more relevant to PBC residents

Construction on All Aboard Florida’s massive rail complex in downtown Miami was barely visible last year through the screens that adorn the fence surrounding the six-block site. Eight months later, the frame of the train complex and its elevated rail lines now tower over the fence below, standing 86 feet tall at its highest point. Work is well underway on three buildings that will sit on top...
Report: David Beckham and top executive behind All Aboard Florida discussing stadium in Miami

Report: David Beckham and top executive behind All Aboard Florida discussing stadium in Miami

Soccer superstar David Beckham is in talks with a top executive at the private equity firm behind the All Aboard Florida project about funding for a new 25,000-seat stadium planned near the rail venture’s station in downtown Miami, the Miami Herald reported. Former British and Manchester United star David Beckham is attempting to bring an MLS franchise to Miami. (El Nuevo Herald) Wesley Edens...
First engine installed in All Aboard’s Brightline trains

First engine installed in All Aboard’s Brightline trains

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service announced Tuesday that the first engine has been installed in one of its locomotives, marking a milestone in the construction of its passenger trains. The diesel-electric locomotive are currently under construction at the Siemens manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif. Brightline plans to begin service between downtown Miami and downtown West...
All Aboard’s Brightline gets first steel delivery for Miami station

All Aboard’s Brightline gets first steel delivery for Miami station

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service said Thursday it has received the first delivery of steel beams that will be used to build the company’s massive transportation hub and train station in downtown Miami. Brightline said seven trucks delivered a total of 150 tons of structural steel beams over a two-day period. The beams will serve as the main structural element at the MiamiCentral...
All Aboard’s Brightline receives steel delivery

All Aboard’s Brightline receives steel delivery

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service has received 150 tons of steel that will be used to form the structural elements of the company’s train station in downtown Miami. The company announced Thursday that it received the steel delivery over a two-day period. In all, seven trucks delivered a total of 150 tons of structural steel beams, the company said. The station, called MiamiCentral...
Your first look inside All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail cars

Your first look inside All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail cars

The Palm Beach Post got an exclusive look inside the passenger cars of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service. The cars, which are being built in Sacramento, California, feature electrical outlets and roomy seating, along with bathrooms that will offer a “shockingly different experience” than those on airplanes said Brightline President Michael Reininger. The...
All Aboard Florida: Brightline unveils its passenger cars

All Aboard Florida: Brightline unveils its passenger cars

Brightline, the high-speed rail service that promises to connect Miami and Orlando, is making a $2.5 billion bet that passengers will pay to ride its shiny new trains. How does Brightline President Michael Reininger hope to win such a large wager? By focusing on the tiniest details. During a tour of Brightline’s under-construction locomotives and passenger cars Tuesday at a factory in Sacramento...
Key Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard Florida station up for vote

Key Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard Florida station up for vote

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is expected to vote today on a plan that would allow Tri-Rail trains to carry passengers to the All Aboard Florida station in downtown Miami. The regional transportation board, which operates Tri-Rail, is the last of seven groups to vote on the $70 million plan.  The Miami-based OMNI District Community Redevelopment Agency signed off on the...
Group approves plan for Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard station

Group approves plan for Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard station

The Bayfront Park Management Trust – a governmental group based in Miami-Dade County – on Tuesday signed off on a plan that will allow Tri-Rail trains to carry Palm Beach County residents to All Aboard Florida‘s station in downtown Miami, according to an official connected with the project. Two other groups are expected to vote on the $70 million plan later this week. All Aboard...
Key Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard Florida station at risk

Key Tri-Rail link to Miami All Aboard Florida station at risk

A $70 million project that would allow Palm Beach County residents to ride Tri-Rail trains to downtown Miami could be in jeopardy if several government agencies don’t endorse the plan at a series of meetings next week. All Aboard Florida has been working with seven government agencies to pay for a pivotal Tri-Rail stop at its station in downtown Miami. But officials with the private rail venture...
More tenants announced for All Aboard Florida’s Miami office building

More tenants announced for All Aboard Florida’s Miami office building

All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral station on Wednesday released the names of the two tenants set to anchor its flagship office building in downtown Miami. The 10-story building, known as Two MiamiCentral, is part of All Aboard’s 11-acre mixed-use development and train station in the heart of Downtown Miami. The companies set to open their doors at Two MiamiCentral are: Cisneros, a global...
Update: Okeechobee Blvd open in both directions after weekend shutdown

Update: Okeechobee Blvd open in both directions after weekend shutdown

Update at 6 a.m.: Okeechobee Boulevard is now open in both directions following a weekend shutdown. The westbound shutdown on Okeechobee at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks ended early today after construction was completed one day early. The eastbound lanes were opened to traffic Sunday afternoon. Original story: Drivers headed into downtown West Palm Beach this morning have been given a huge...
Will All Aboard Florida closing of Okeechobee end early?

Will All Aboard Florida closing of Okeechobee end early?

All Aboard Florida has canceled its plans to pay off-duty police officers to help direct traffic in downtown West Palm Beach next week, an indication that its closure of Okeechobee Boulevard could end early. All Aboard representatives told West Palm Beach Police officials just before noon on Thursday that they no longer needed off-duty officers to help keep rush hour traffic moving on Monday and Tuesday...
Okeechobee Road closure won’t disrupt convention, tourism leaders say

Okeechobee Road closure won’t disrupt convention, tourism leaders say

All Aboard Florida‘s planned closure of Okeechobee Boulevard should not impact convention-goers set to descend on the Palm Beach County Convention Center next week, tourism leaders said Thursday. Members of the county’s Tourist Development Council
Commuters offered perks to ease Okeechobee Blvd. rail work snarl

Commuters offered perks to ease Okeechobee Blvd. rail work snarl

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio is urging downtown workers to avoid rush hour traffic next week in order to prevent gridlock on downtown streets during the four-day period when All Aboard Florida will close Okeechobee Boulevard to lay track for its passenger train service. The mayor also is encouraging public and private employers to allow employees to work remotely, while businesses are offering...
All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block Boca streets

All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block Boca streets

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project could temporarily block railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast Railway in Boca Raton beginning Monday. Crews will be unloading rail beams along the FEC corridor in southern Palm Beach County and northern Broward County, potentially closing rail crossings on roadways in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach and...
All Aboard’s Brightline finalizes track plan for Brevard, Indian River counties

All Aboard’s Brightline finalizes track plan for Brevard, Indian River counties

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service has finalized the track plan for the second phase of its express route linking Miami to Orlando. In a letter to All Aboard officials on Tuesday, the Federal Railroad Administration said it has completed the review of its track design plans, which include safety features for railroad crossings. All Aboard said the review was a “significant step...
Best of Our Blogs: Publix store sold; All Aboard’s anchor tenants

Best of Our Blogs: Publix store sold; All Aboard’s anchor tenants

The Publix at 6820 Okeechobee Blvd. near West Palm Beach just sold for $10.65 million, according to property records. The 48,000-square-foot store at Okeechobee and Jog Road last sold in 2006 for $9.2 million. The seller is Allan Riley Co. of New York. County records also show an agreement worth $7.6 million in addition to the deed. The buyer’s identity wasn’t available Wednesday afternoon...
Tenants announced for All Aboard Florida’s Miami office building

Tenants announced for All Aboard Florida’s Miami office building

All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral station on Wednesday released the names of the two tenants set to anchor its flagship office building in downtown Miami. Ernst & Young LLP, which specializes in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, are set to move into the office tower, officials said. In addition, Florida East Coast Industries will...
Tourism leaders ask All Aboard to delay Okeechobee Blvd. closure

Tourism leaders ask All Aboard to delay Okeechobee Blvd. closure

Palm Beach County tourism leaders are urging All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service to delay its planned closures of Okeechobee Boulevard next month, saying the project would be bad for business at the nearby convention center. All Aboard’s rail work is set to close Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days, beginning at 8 p.m. on May 13 and ending...
Tourism leaders urge All Aboard’s Brightline to delay Okeechobee road closure

Tourism leaders urge All Aboard’s Brightline to delay Okeechobee road closure

Palm Beach County tourism leaders are urging All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service to delay its planned closure of Okeechobee Boulevard, saying the project could impact business at the nearby convention center. All Aboard’s rail work is set to close Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days in May. At the same time, more than 1,400 guests staying...
This key West Palm rail crossing is closing for four days. Here’s how to get around.

This key West Palm rail crossing is closing for four days. Here’s how to get around.

Work to lay railroad track for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service will block Okeechobee Boulevard for four days in May.
Plan allows more boats under bridge when All Aboard trains pass over

Plan allows more boats under bridge when All Aboard trains pass over

The vast majority of boaters would be able to navigate under the Loxahatchee River railroad bridge, even when it is lowered for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains, under a proposal that will be considered by the Jupiter Inlet District on Wednesday. If workable, the measure would address a key boater worry related to the 90-year-old bridge and All Board’s projected train service. But...
Law allowing Brightline to sell alcohol signed by Gov. Rick Scott

Law allowing Brightline to sell alcohol signed by Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging alcohol bill into law that would allow All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service to sell alcohol on its trains. The bill, SB 698, allows alcohol licenses to the owners of railroad stations used for passenger service between two or more cities. The legislation was pushed by Brightline, which will soon provide All Aboard Florida passenger rail service...
All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains will be pet friendly

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains will be pet friendly

Train passengers will be allowed to bring their four-legged friends with them when All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service launches next year. (Provided) Mike Reininger, Brightline’s president, said this week that the trains will be pet friendly, although the company is still working out the all of the details. “We are going to be pet friendly,” Reininger said Monday. &ldquo...

Brightline unveils 2nd phase safety plans, may delay completion

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service unveiled safety plans on Monday for the second phase of its express route linking Miami to Orlando, but the timeline for when those upgrades will be made depends largely on the tight municipal bond market, company officials said. The safety plans are the first step to silencing train horns from 15th Street in West Palm Beach north to the county line...
Rail tie maker to open plant in Fort Pierce

Rail tie maker to open plant in Fort Pierce

Rocla Concrete Tie Inc., a Denver-based firm that supplies concrete ties to railroads, will open its new plant in Fort Pierce this week. The plant will supply railroad ties to All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service, Florida East Coast Railway, other transit agencies and railroads in the Southeast. It is located along the Florida East Coast Railway’s main line in Fort Pierce. A grand...
Bridge tender may be added to ease backups in Martin County

Bridge tender may be added to ease backups in Martin County

A bridge tender could be stationed at the St. Lucie River drawbridge in Martin County to help decrease boater backups caused by passing Florida East Coast Railway trains. In a letter to Martin County officials this month, the U.S. Coast Guard said manning a similar span in Fort Lauderdale has been sucessful. Coast Guard officials said they are working with the railroad “to implement similar...
PBC cultural groups hope Brightline trains will help boost attendance

PBC cultural groups hope Brightline trains will help boost attendance

Palm Beach County’s cultural leaders are hoping All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will help boost attendance at local arts events and tourist attractions. Officials with more than a dozen arts and cultural groups met in Lake Worth on Thursday to discuss how the passenger trains could be used to draw more people to their venues. The event was organized by the Cultural Council...
Brightline officials look to help boost attendance at PBC art events

Brightline officials look to help boost attendance at PBC art events

Officials with All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will meet with a group of Palm Beach County’s arts and cultural leaders on Thursday morning in an effort to help boost attendance at local museums and tourist attractions. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County helped organize the meeting, which will be held in Lake Worth. Brightline’s Carol Henderson, who oversees industry...
Best of Our Blogs: Brightline construction; Carnival’s Cuba cruises

Best of Our Blogs: Brightline construction; Carnival’s Cuba cruises

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail project is preparing to mark another milestone in the construction of its West Palm Beach station. Crews today will pour the concrete for V-shaped columns that will serve both as structural pillars and architectural signature for the stations. This morning, the company will put the first of the 18, 32-feet V columns in place. Each of the columns...
All Aboard’s Brightline to mark construction milestone in West Palm Beach

All Aboard’s Brightline to mark construction milestone in West Palm Beach

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail project is preparing to mark another milestone in the construction of its West Palm Beach station.
Letter: All Aboard Florida will ease commute for some

Letter: All Aboard Florida will ease commute for some

A rendering of what the trains – now called BrightLine – will look like. (Rendering provided by AAF) I am writing in support of the All Aboard Florida/Brightline rail system. I am an airline pilot and, like many flight-crew members from many airlines, I would benefit greatly from this system. I live in Palm Beach County and am waiting for the rail to allow for an easy commute to work....
All Aboard’s Brightline plans massive construction effort in Miami this weekend

All Aboard’s Brightline plans massive construction effort in Miami this weekend

Construction crews will use a fleet of roughly 100 construction trucks on Saturday to haul concrete to the site of All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train station in downtown Miami, marking the final foundation work at the site. The company said crews on Saturday plan to pour 5,500 cubic yards of concrete at the site, which spans six city blocks and is located within walking distance of the American...
Martin County: Tender needed at St. Lucie railroad bridge

Martin County: Tender needed at St. Lucie railroad bridge

Martin County officials on Thursday called on the U.S. Coast Guard to require a bridge tender at the Florida East Coast Railway drawbridge over the St. Lucie River, pointing to the increased rail traffic that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service could bring to the trestle. In a three-page letter to the Coast Guard, Deputy County Engineer Terry Rauth said it was critical an ...
All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block area streets

All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block area streets

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail beams for the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project could temporarily block railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast Railway line beginning Wednesday. Crews will be unloading rail beams along the FEC corridor in Palm Beach County, potentially closing rail crossings on roadways in Lake Worth, Lantana, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton. The train...

 Martin County pledges another $850K to fight All Aboard’s Brightline

Martin County commissioners on Tuesday pledged an additional $850,000 to continue their legal fight to block All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service, which is set to begin shuttling passengers between Miami and Orlando late next year. County officials said the money would be used to oppose All Aboard Florida through various means, including covering the cost of ongoing legal action. The...
Martin County to spend another $850K to fight All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains

Martin County to spend another $850K to fight All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains

Martin County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to set aside an additional $850,000 to continue their legal fight to block All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service, which is set to begin shuttling passengers between Miami and Orlando late next year. County officials said the money would be used to oppose All Aboard Florida through various means, including covering the cost of...
Brightline trains to feature “gap fillers” to ease boarding process

Brightline trains to feature “gap fillers” to ease boarding process

Brightline announced this week that its new trains will feature custom “gap fillers” to bridge the space between the passenger car and the platform, making it easier for riders board and disembark. The company said it is the first in the U.S. to utilize the retractable mechanisms, which will be part of train car door system. According to Brightline: Before the passenger car’s doors...
Provision exempting All Aboard from regulation on liquor sales dropped from bill

Provision exempting All Aboard from regulation on liquor sales dropped from bill

A provision that would have exempted All Aboard Florida from state rules regulating the hours of sale of beer, wine and liquor at its Brightline train stations was removed Thursday from a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s alcoholic beverage laws.  Before sending the bill (SB 698) to the senate floor, The Senate’s Fiscal Policy Committee on Thursday removed a provision...
All Aboard rail delivery to block intersections in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth

All Aboard rail delivery to block intersections in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail beams for the All Aboard Florida project could block an intersection in downtown West Palm Beach for more than an hour today, the company said. The intersection of 3rd Street and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks will be temporarily closed as workers unload the rail beams from a stopped train. Crews will be unloading rail in the area south of Okeechobee...
Construction on Brightline’s trains advances

Construction on Brightline’s trains advances

The shell of the first passenger train coach car that will carry passengers on All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service has been completed at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Sacramento, Calif., the company announced Tuesday. Shell of the first Brightline train.Photo provided by Brightline More than 70 employees at the facility have worked on the 85-foot-long coach car, using...

Bill would free Brightline stations from local liquor-sales rules

A sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s alcoholic beverage laws while also allowing All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service to sell beer, wine and liquor at its stations cleared its second hurdle on Monday. The Florida Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government backed the legislation (SB 698), proposed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island...

Indian River County to challenge All Aboard water district permits

Indian River County commissioners plan to hire a private attorney to look for ways to challenge All Aboard Florida’s application for a water management permit for its Brightline passenger rail service planned between South Florida and Orlando. The commission voted Tuesday to allow County Attorney Dylan Reingold to search for an outside law firm to review All Aboard Florida’s permit request...

Proposed overhaul of state alcohol laws has benefits for All Aboard

Brightline, All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail system, would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor at its stations under a sweeping bill that would overhaul the state’s alcoholic beverage laws. The legislation (SB 698) would prevent cities, counties, and other local governments from restricting the sale of alcohol at Brightline’s four stations, which are currently under construction...

All Aboard Florida gets another year to sell bonds

All Aboard Florida will get another year to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds it plans to use to help pay for its proposed passenger train service connecting South Florida to Orlando. The U.S. Department of Transportation has given the Coral Gables-based company until Jan. 1 to complete the bond issue. It marks the second time All Aboard Florida has received an extension. All Aboard Florida won...

FEC’s Broward facility boosts rail freight traffic by 26 percent

The Florida East Coast Railway’s 43-acre intermodal facility in Broward County is bringing more cargo through South Florida. Broward County officials say FECR’s “intermodal container transfer facility,” which opened in late 2014, helped boost cargo volume at Port Everglades during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Florida East Coast Railway saw a 26 percent increase in volume at the...

All Aboard Florida to pour West Palm Beach station foundation in 2016

All Aboard Florida will begin early next year pouring the concrete that will form the foundation of its $29 million train station and rail platform under construction near CityPlace. Construction crews are in the process of preparing the site for the foundation work, which is expected to begin in the coming weeks, the company said. The first concrete foundations are expected to be poured along the...
5 things to know about All Aboard Florida and Brightline

5 things to know about All Aboard Florida and Brightline

(Provided) As the new year begins, we’re betting All Aboard Florida’s plans for an intercity rail system in Florida will continue to be one of our top business stories.

All Aboard Florida tests lighting for its stations

All Aboard Florida isn’t leaving much to chance in the construction of its Brightline cross-state rail system — to the point of weeks’ worth of testing how light illuminates concrete. On Wednesday night, the company completed testing light colors, tones and brightness in the lighting that will ultimately shine at its stations from Orlando to Miami, including West Palm Beach. Brightline...
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