All Aboard Florida and Brightline stories

NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

NEW: Congress committee questions Brightline financing strategy

Members of a congressional oversight committee Thursday took aim at Brightline’s plan to use tax-exempt bonds to pay for its West Palm Beach-to-Orlando extension, questioning whether the project qualifies for the tax-free financing. Brightline in December won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in private activity bonds to help pay for the second phase its passenger rail project, which will...
Three people killed by Brightline trains had drugs in system

Three people killed by Brightline trains had drugs in system

All three of the pedestrians who were accidentally struck and killed by Brightline trains in Palm Beach County had drugs in their system at the time they were hit, toxicology reports filed with the medical examiner’s office show. Since Brightline began testing along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks last year, five people have been killed by the company’s trains in Palm Beach...
Quiet zone to stop Brightline horns delayed in 5 PBC cities

Quiet zone to stop Brightline horns delayed in 5 PBC cities

Residents of five Palm Beach County cities along Brightline’s route will continue hearing horn blasts from the passenger trains until at least June, after work to complete a railroad quiet zone was put on hold while the company focuses on the launch of its Miami service. In a letter sent to county transportation planners Tuesday, Brightline officials said the contractor responsible for completing...
UPDATE: Man struck, killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide

UPDATE: Man struck, killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide

The death of a 33-year-old man struck and killed by a Brightline train on Sunday has been ruled a suicide, city police officials said. “DBPD detectives and the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office have ruled Sunday’s train-versus-pedestrian death a suicide,” police said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “The man involved has been identified as Douglas Updike, 33,...
West Palm closer to Brightline quiet zone; Friday night train added

West Palm closer to Brightline quiet zone; Friday night train added

Less than three months after Brightline began running passenger trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the company has expanded service on Friday nights — offering later trains between the cities. The last train on Fridays now departs West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale at 9 p.m., arriving at 9:40 p.m. The last train departs Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach at 10:55 p.m., arriving...
West Palm Beach moves closer to quiet zone for train horns

West Palm Beach moves closer to quiet zone for train horns

West Palm Beach officials notified the Federal Railroad Administration on Friday of their intent to create a quiet zone to silence train horns along Brightline’s route.  Federal officials have 21 days to review the city’s plan and decide whether safety upgrades along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks meet the requirements to allow train operators to stop blasting their...
Brightline moves closer to Miami service; adds Friday night train

Brightline moves closer to Miami service; adds Friday night train

Less than three months after Brightline began running its passenger trains between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the company has expanded its service on Friday nights — offering later trains between the two cities. The last train will depart West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale at 9 p.m., arriving at 9:40 p.m. The last train will depart Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach...
POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

POINT OF VIEW: Harrowing experience means more needed for train safety

Several years ago, I experienced a harrowing experience when I encountered a near accident with a train on 45th Street in Vero Beach. In light of the state and corporate response to recent rail fatalities and injury, I decided to write and tell my story. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As I drove through the rail crossing, I heard the “ding, ding...
First Brightline train arrives at Miami station during final stage of construction

First Brightline train arrives at Miami station during final stage of construction

A Brightline train pulled into the MiamiCentral station for the first time last week, as construction on the building enters its final stage, the company announced Wednesday.  Brightline said it plans to launch service to downtown Miami in “the coming weeks.”  The company’s fleet of trains will soon begin testing on the stretch of rail that runs between Ft. Lauderdale...
West Palm could get first quiet zone along Brightline’s route

West Palm could get first quiet zone along Brightline’s route

West Palm Beach is poised to become the first of six cities along Brightline’s route to establish a quiet zone to silence the company’s train horns. Brightline officials said this week that the company has completed a series of safety upgrades needed to stop the horn blasts of both passenger and freight trains at nearly 30 rail crossings along the Florida East Coast Railroad corridor from...

POINT OF VIEW: A renewed focus on railroad crossing safety

Just over a month ago, a chartered Amtrak train carrying members of Congress, their staff and their families, collided with a truck at a rail crossing in Virginia, killing a passenger of the truck and injuring several others. Our hearts go out not only to those who lost a family member that morning, but for the hundreds who are killed or injured each year in similar accidents. While the accident is...
Local leaders consider added Brightline safety measures

Local leaders consider added Brightline safety measures

The day after a man apparently committed suicide by standing in the path of a Brightline train, a group of municipal leaders met with Congresswoman Lois Frankel to discuss safety involving the new passenger rail service. The unidentified man was standing on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks at Forest Hill Boulevard about 8:20 p.m. Sunday when he was struck and killed by a southbound Brightline...
Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

Treasure Coast counties file new lawsuit to block Brightline bonds

Martin and Indian River counties and a Treasure Coast-based citizens group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the approval of $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for Brightline’s planned expansion north to Orlando.  The 94-page complaint filed against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration alleges federal officials either ignored...
NEW: Man who lay on tracks in front of Brightline train survived

NEW: Man who lay on tracks in front of Brightline train survived

A 48-year-old man was struck by a Brightline train and survived on Thursday after trying to kill himself by lying on the tracks as the company’s locomotive approached, authorities said. The Broward County man, who was not identified by police, was hit by the train at about 8 p.m. along a section of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks in Wilton Manors. His injuries were not life-threatening...
Brightline opposition group to hold meeting tonight in Stuart

Brightline opposition group to hold meeting tonight in Stuart

Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida — a group that has spent years fighting to block Brightline’s northern expansion to Orlando — will hold a public meeting tonight in Stuart to discuss its battle against the private rail project. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Boulevard. It is open to the public. Brent Hanlon, the CARE FL&rsquo...
If people die when Brightline sounds horn, what happens with no horn?

If people die when Brightline sounds horn, what happens with no horn?

Cities and towns along Brightline’s route will decide this spring whether to follow through with a plan to silence the company’s train horns — a choice some leaders say could force them to put public safety above quality of life following recent deaths along the railroad tracks. Palm Beach County transportation planners have pledged roughly $7 million to construct...
Video shows driver nearly hit by Brightline train after ignoring gate

Video shows driver nearly hit by Brightline train after ignoring gate

A video posted on YouTube shows a truck almost get hit by a Brightline train after its driver ignored warning devices and drove around a crossing gate. The video, which appears to be taken from a camera in a nearby car, shows the incident happened on Monday afternoon. It is unclear where it occurred. Brightline’s passenger service operates between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale...
Local artists plan “art train” trip on Brightline’s route

Local artists plan “art train” trip on Brightline’s route

Celebrated collage artist Bruce Helander will join a group of arts enthusiasts on board a southbound Brightline train on Saturday for a trip to the NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale. Helander said he decided to plan the “art train” trip after hearing from several friends who wanted to see the museum’s current exhibit but didn’t want to drive to Fort Laurderdale. He hopes the...
NEW: Police ID Broward man who survived being hit by Brightline train

NEW: Police ID Broward man who survived being hit by Brightline train

Fort Lauderdale police identified Steven Amoruso, 55, of Deerfield Beach as the man who survived being struck by a Brightline train last week. The train was traveling at a speed of 35-40 mph through the rail crossing of Northeast Third Avenue when it struck Amoruso on Friday evening, according to a police report. The crossing gates were down and the warning lights were flashing at the time of the...
NEW: Boynton Police release video of Brightline train hitting cyclist

NEW: Boynton Police release video of Brightline train hitting cyclist

A video from a camera on the front of Brightline’s locomotive shows the crossing gates were down when the train struck and killed a Boynton Beach man as he rode his bicycle across the Florida East Coast Railway tracks in Boynton Beach this past week. The two-minute video released Tuesday by Boynton Beach police shows Jeffrey King, 51, pedaling his bike west on Ocean Avenue into the path of the...
Brightline asks opponents for help with safety campaign

Brightline asks opponents for help with safety campaign

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Tuesday called on its opponents who have been fighting to block the passenger service to help spread its safety message following recent deaths involving the private rail venture’s trains. In a letter to the chairman of Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida, Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Goddard urged the group...
NEW: Brightline adds safety features at crossings

NEW: Brightline adds safety features at crossings

Brightline has positioned large electronic signs at several busy rail crossings along its route to warn the public that its new express trains move faster than other rail traffic and to urge people to stay off the tracks when the guard gates go down. Brightline officials said they plan to put 20 signs at crossings between the company’s two stations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale...
Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

It was a tough week for Brightline. Maybe the last thing you want in your first week as a high-speed passenger rail line is people dying on your tracks. But public outcry has All Aboard Florida’s Brightline close to coming off the rails here. “We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick...
NEW: Rubio seeks federal help to prevent train deaths

NEW: Rubio seeks federal help to prevent train deaths

Following recent fatal accidents involving Florida’s Brightline train, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to “work with Brightline, the Florida Department of Transportation, local governments and the surrounding communities to implement appropriate safety measures and confirm proper infrastructure is in place to avoid future fatal accidents.&rdquo...
NEW: Brightline to add safety ambassadors, more signs at key crossings

NEW: Brightline to add safety ambassadors, more signs at key crossings

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Friday announced new safety and public education initiatives it plans to implement in the coming days amid mounting calls from state representatives to review recent deaths involving the private rail venture’s trains. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday joined the list of lawmakers urging federal transportation officials to evaluate whether proper...
Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Boynton Beach Fire Rescue personnel prepare to cover the body of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a Brightline train on Wednesday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — The second death in less than a week involving a Brightline train drew a call for an investigation by Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday and a plea...
What happens when a train strikes a pedestrian?

What happens when a train strikes a pedestrian?

The invitation-only ride on Brightline’s express train should have taken 35 minutes. The locomotive pulled out of the company’s station in downtown Fort Lauderdale about 6 p.m. Friday headed for West Palm Beach. But as the train reached the railroad crossing at Northeast Sixth Avenue in Boynton Beach — the trip came to an abrupt stop. Melissa Lavell, 32, was fatally struck by the...
Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline finally began limited service on Saturday. But I joined a gaggle of reporters, and business and government VIPs Friday morning for a test run. And once the four-car Brightline Green train got underway (about 10 minutes late), it was hard for me not to think of the travel possibilities...
NEW: Brightline will be model for other U.S. regions, Congressman says

NEW: Brightline will be model for other U.S. regions, Congressman says

As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline kicked off its inaugural weekend on Friday, transportation planners from across the country were already looking at ways to replicate the service in other large metropolitan areas where traffic is a problem. The private train service shuttled dozens of federal, state and local officials and other dignitaries between its stations in West Palm Beach and Fort...
Christie: Brightline shines light on what commuting could be in South Florida

Christie: Brightline shines light on what commuting could be in South Florida

“I could get used to this,” says Rick Christie, Post Editorial Page Editor. Taking the escalator in Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station after smooth train ride from West Palm Beach Friday morning. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is finally...
VIDEO: Riding Brightline this weekend? Five things to know

VIDEO: Riding Brightline this weekend? Five things to know

Brightline will launch introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this morning. Here are five things you need to know before getting on the train: The stations are cashless. Make sure you have a credit card with you if you need to buy a ticket or plan to buy food and drinks either in Brightline’s station or on its trains. You can’t pay with cash. Brightline is bright!...
Tension mounts over Brightline train horns

Tension mounts over Brightline train horns

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service on Thursday faced mounting opposition from West Palm Beach residents who want the passenger fleet stopped until safety upgrades to create a quiet zone to silence train horns are completed. Hours after Brightline announced its Saturday start date, the board of directors of the CityPlace South Tower condominium urged city officials...

Brightline: Here’s what you need to know about the new train service

Brightline launched its new passenger service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 13. Here’s what you need to know about the express trains. Tickets are available on Brightline’s website, gobrightline.com, and its new mobile app. Introductory “Try Our Train Fares” are $10 each way for a seat in one of Brightline’s Smart Service cars. One-way tickets for...
NEW: Brightline’s website experiences problems after launch announced

NEW: Brightline’s website experiences problems after launch announced

Brightline’s website experienced technical problems on Thursday in the hours after the company announced its start date, train schedule and ticket prices. “We’re encountering site traffic delays and minor glitches due to your overwhelming excitement to book rides,” the company said on its website, gobrightline.com. “We are working through the kinks. Please check back...
UPDATE: Quiet zone work to be completed in March, Brightline says

UPDATE: Quiet zone work to be completed in March, Brightline says

UPDATE: Safety improvements needed to create a continuous quiet zone to silence train horns from West Palm Beach south to the Palm Beach County line will be completed in March, a Brightline spokesperson said Thursday. The work is scheduled to begin this month. Once complete, municipalities along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks must file an application with the Federal Railroad Administration...
Brightline starts service Saturday; ticket prices revealed

Brightline starts service Saturday; ticket prices revealed

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will launch introductory service on its passenger trains on Saturday , with round-trip fares starting at $20 for rides between its stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. During the week, the company plans to run 10 round-trip trains a day between the two cities. There will be nine round-trip trains on the weekends.
Brightline allows passengers onboard for staff training exercises

Brightline allows passengers onboard for staff training exercises

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has started letting passengers ride its trains as part of an exercise to prepare its staff for the launch of its express service this week. The company recently begun shuttling passengers along its route in a continued effort to train its customer service staff, a Brightline spokesperson said Sunday. The training exercises are expected to continue Monday and Tuesday...
Brightline: Why the delay on quiet zones along its route?

Brightline: Why the delay on quiet zones along its route?

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline won over residents living along the railroad tracks with the promise that a continuous quiet zone would silence train horns from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach when it started shuttling passengers on its new express route. But with service expected to start next week, the company now says the horn blasts will likely continue for months after its launch —...
Brightline announces time frame for train service launch

Brightline announces time frame for train service launch

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will launch introductory passenger rail service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale the week of Jan. 8, Brightline officials said this week. Federal officials said Friday that Brightline has met all the requirements and is an operating railroad, and it’s up to the company when it starts passenger service. READ MORE ABOUT BRIGHTLINE “Brightline...
Brightline wins federal approval for $1.2 billion bond sale

Brightline wins federal approval for $1.2 billion bond sale

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Friday announced it has won federal approval to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for the second phase of its passenger rail project connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando. The decision comes roughly two months after a state financing corporation signed off on a separate sale of $600 million in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for private rail venture&rsquo...
Could the Seattle high-speed train derailment happen with Brightline?

Could the Seattle high-speed train derailment happen with Brightline?

The derailment of an Amtrak train on its inaugural run south of Seattle on Monday is raising questions about the safety technology that All Aboard Florida’s Brightline plans to use when it starts shuttling passengers to and from its three South Florida stations during the next few weeks. Federal officials said late Monday that a data recorder in the Amtrak locomotive showed the train was going...
Brightline asks to cancel meeting on $1.2 billion bond request

Brightline asks to cancel meeting on $1.2 billion bond request

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has asked a state financing group to cancel an emergency meeting set for Monday to discuss the private rail venture’s request to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to pay for the second phase of its project connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando. The Florida Development Finance Corp., a special financing unit created by the state Legislature in 1993 to...
Brightline’s Orlando extension wins federal approval

Brightline’s Orlando extension wins federal approval

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has won approval from federal transportation officials to extend its passenger rail service north to Orlando, clearing the way for the private rail venture to begin construction on its second phase connecting West Palm Beach and central Florida. Brightline said it plans to begin construction on the northern extension early next year. On Monday, the company will...
State group to weigh $1.2 billion bond request for Brightline project

State group to weigh $1.2 billion bond request for Brightline project

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will ask a state financing group on Monday for permission to issue $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for the construction of the second phase of its passenger-rail project connecting West Palm Beach to Orlando. The Florida Development Finance Corp. has called an emergency meeting in Jacksonville to discuss Brightline’s request...
Brightline stimulating South Florida with simulated train service

Brightline stimulating South Florida with simulated train service

I’ve got to hand it to the people at Brightline. They’ve come up with a brilliant move: Simulated train service. I can’t wait to be sitting at a Florida East Coast Railway train crossing in my car waiting for the big moment. Will it be one of those soul-crushing, three-engine freight trains that go on for miles and sometimes slow to a crawl? Or will it be one of Brightline&rsquo...
Brightline to start simulated service this week

Brightline to start simulated service this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this month. The trains will not be carrying passengers. The company said the simulated service includes 10 northbound and 10 southbound trains operating daily between 15th Street in...
Brightline to start simulated service this week

Brightline to start simulated service this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will begin simulated service this week, running 10 round-trip trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it prepares for the launch of its passenger service later this year. The trains will not be carrying passengers. The company said the simulated service includes 10 northbound and 10 southbound trains running daily along the FEC line between...
Brightline to start limited service in December

Brightline to start limited service in December

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains are expected to start shuttling passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale next month, with service to Miami set to begin in the first quarter of 2018, according to an analysis of a $600 million bond issue the company plans to use to help pay for the project. Once fully-operational, Brightline is expected to run 16 round-trip trains a day between...
High-speed rail bill opposed by Brightline clears first hurdle

High-speed rail bill opposed by Brightline clears first hurdle

As All Aboard Florida’s Brightline prepares to launch service between West Palm Beach and Miami, a proposed bill regulating the company’s passenger trains and similar high-speed rail projects cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, winning the support of a Senate committee. The decision came as All Aboard Florida officials said the company is set to start construction early next year on the...
Brightline wins approval to sell $600M in bonds for first phase

Brightline wins approval to sell $600M in bonds for first phase

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline has won approval to sell $600 million in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for the first leg of its passenger train project connecting West Palm Beach and Miami. The Florida Development Finance Corp., a special financing unit authorized by the state Legislature to issue tax-exempt bonds to private entities, signed off on the sale on Friday. The bonds can only be used...
EXCLUSIVE: Brightline train derailed in Feb., causing $408K in damage

EXCLUSIVE: Brightline train derailed in Feb., causing $408K in damage

A Brightline train derailed in February as it moved through the company’s rail repair yard in West Palm Beach at a speed of 4 miles per hour, causing $408,000 in equipment damage, according to an accident report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration. A Florida East Coast locomotive was leading All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train into the company’s maintenance...
NEW: Quiet zone plan for Brightline crossings raises safety concerns

NEW: Quiet zone plan for Brightline crossings raises safety concerns

The launch of Brightline’s passenger service later this year will bring an unfamiliar quiet to the neighborhoods that sit along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor. After decades of noisy train horns, the piercing blasts will stop. Brightline and county transportation planners are putting the finishing touches on a series of safety upgrades that will allow a “quiet zone” to be...
Brightline announces partnership with Miami Heat as 5th train arrives

Brightline announces partnership with Miami Heat as 5th train arrives

As its fifth and final train arrived in West Palm Beach on Thursday, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced a partnership with the Miami Heat that will allow the company to offer packages and promotions to South Florida basketball fans. Brightline has been named the official train service of the Miami Heat and theAmericanAirlines Arena, which is located within walking distance of...
NEW: Could minor change in track route delay Brightline to Orlando?

NEW: Could minor change in track route delay Brightline to Orlando?

It may just be a mile or so, but it could be a pivotal mile for the state’s long-desired high-speed train link to Central Florida. A slight shift in the way All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains will maneuver through a single interchange along its 235-mile route could slow the company’s plan to extend its passenger service north to Orlando, potentially requiring a more extensive...
Brightline works to raise awareness about danger of train tracks

Brightline works to raise awareness about danger of train tracks

With its passenger service set to start by the end of the year, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is working to raise awareness about the dangers of walking or stopping on the train tracks. The company is using U.S. Rail Safety Week, a national campaign that started Sunday and runs through Friday, to encourage both pedestrians and drivers to use caution near rail intersections — particularly...
JUST IN: Construction on Brightline’s apartment tower tops out

JUST IN: Construction on Brightline’s apartment tower tops out

Construction on the 24-story residential tower rising next to Brightline’s station in downtown West Palm Beach has reached its top elevation, marking a new milestone for the project, which is slated to open next year and is designed to appeal to commuters looking for easy access to the company’s soon-to-launch passenger trains. Brightline’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries...
All Aboard’s Brightline won’t start until track upgrades finshed

All Aboard’s Brightline won’t start until track upgrades finshed

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline stations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale may look like they’re ready to open, but the company can’t start shuttling passengers until it completes a series of safety upgrades along the train tracks that connect the two buildings. Although government officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties have signed off on the use of the stations &mdash...
Brightline: West Palm to Miami by year’s end

Brightline: West Palm to Miami by year’s end

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger train service will start carrying passengers between West Palm Beach and Miami by the end of the year, offering introductory fares and “buy-one-get-one free” offers to entice commuters to ride. Brightline had said the first leg of its service was expected to start service in late summer, with a grand opening ceremony expected to be held in...
NEW: Brightline foes’ new twist in fight against loan — President Trump

NEW: Brightline foes’ new twist in fight against loan — President Trump

Brightline’s most vocal foes have found a new argument: President Donald J. Trump. Treasure Coast leaders opposed to All Aboard Florida’s passenger rail project launched a new attack this week, arguing that a federal loan to help pay for the private rail venture could create both a financial benefit and a safety risk for Trump because of train line’s proximity to his Mar-a-Lago club...
UPDATE: Woman struck and killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide

UPDATE: Woman struck and killed by Brightline train ruled a suicide

UPDATE: The death of an 18-year-old woman struck and killed by a Brightline train on Monday afternoon was ruled a suicide, Boca Raton police spokeswoman Jessica Desir said. The train was traveling southbound at around 2:30 p.m. Monday when it hit the woman, Desir said. There is no fencing in the area to keep people out of the railroad’s right of way. Brightline is set to launch service between...
Brightline’s Orlando leg delayed to 2020; focus now on local commuters

Brightline’s Orlando leg delayed to 2020; focus now on local commuters

When the first Brightline trains leave the station this summer, expect more commuters than vacationers to fill the seats. All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is on the verge of launching its passenger train service between West Palm Beach and Miami on Henry Flagler’s historic railroad corridor, but officials say it could be three years before the company starts shuttling passengers north...
Miami Heat star, partner to open eateries at Brightline station

Miami Heat star, partner to open eateries at Brightline station

Miami Heat basketball star Udonis Haslem has teamed up with a South Florida business leader to bring an Einstein Bros. Bagels and Starbucks coffee shop to Brightline’s MiamiCentral train station in downtown Miami. The Miami Heat’s, from left, Willie Reed, Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem celebrate 110-102 win against the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines...
JUST IN: All Aboard Florida sued by Sprint for unpaid bill

JUST IN: All Aboard Florida sued by Sprint for unpaid bill

Telecommunications giant Sprint has filed suit against All Aboard Florida and another entity for failing to pay $646,266.40 it says it is owed for relocating fiber optic cable lines near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, where All Aboard plans to launch its Brightline passenger trains service later this year. The suit, filed on Friday in federal court in Miami, alleges that All Aboard asked Sprint...
Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

Just In: Brightline hopes to woo commuters with Park-Line apartments

The residential tower rising next to Brightline’s station in downtown West Palm Beach will be part of a new real estate brand run by the private rail venture’s parent company, Florida East Coast Industries. The Park-Line brand will offer 290 rental units at the 24-story building currently under construction just west of Brightline’s train station in West Palm Beach, officials announced...
All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains to use FPL-made biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains to use FPL-made biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will use a blend of biodiesel fuel produced by Florida Power & Light at a Riviera Beach plant to power its fleet of passenger trains. The rail company has inked a two-year deal with FPL to supply its five trains with the cleaner-burning fuel. Under the contract, FPL will produce 2 million gallons of biodiesel a year for Brightline’s fleet. Biodiesel fuel...
Brightline trains to use locally-blended biodiesel fuel

Brightline trains to use locally-blended biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will use a blend of biodiesel fuel produced by Florida Power & Light at a Riviera Beach plant to power its fleet of passenger trains. The rail company has i nked a two-year deal with FPL to supply its five trains with the cleaner-burning fuel. Under the contract, FPL will produce 2 million gallons of biodiesel ...
Brightline holds safety workshop for police, fire officials

Brightline holds safety workshop for police, fire officials

Officials with All Aboard Florida’s Brightline held a train safety workshop on Saturday for police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers from Broward and Palm Beach counties. More than 35 first responders attended the workshop, which was held at Brightline’s rail repair yard in West Palm Beach, the company said. Brightline hosted more than...
Rep. Brian Mast questions former Brightline head about financing, safety

Rep. Brian Mast questions former Brightline head about financing, safety

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast questioned former All Aboard Florida head Michael Reininger during a federal subcommittee hearing Thursday to discuss the “challenges and opportunities” facing intercity passenger rail projects. In a five-minute exchange that Mast posted on his YouTube channel, the Republican lawmaker from Palm City raised questions about the financing...
Brightline, FPL to partner on biodiesel fuel for trains

Brightline, FPL to partner on biodiesel fuel for trains

Brightline and Florida Power & Light on Friday announced they have inked a two-year deal that will supply the high-speed rail project’s fleet of trains with U.S. sourced biodiesel fuel. Under the contract, FPL will supply 2 million gallons of the fuel per year for Brightline’s fleet. The new Brightline train station in downtown West Palm Beach on May 23, 2017...
FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Tuesday unveiled the inside of its West Palm Beach station, offering the first glimpse at how passengers will move from the building’s ticketing turnstiles to its shaded train platform. Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the station’s security area, “Good to Go” cafe, and two passenger waiting lounges, but officials said...
NEW: Why is Brightline testing its train in this state park?

NEW: Why is Brightline testing its train in this state park?

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is testing its BrightBlue train on a 3-mile stretch of track in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the company said Thursday. A Palm Beach Post reporter spotted the train, named for the color of its passenger cars, traveling north near the area of County Line Road in Tequesta Thursday afternoon. RELATED: Two more Brightline trains to arrive in West Palm Beach today...
Two more Brightline trains to arrive in West Palm Beach today

Two more Brightline trains to arrive in West Palm Beach today

Two more Brightline trains are expected to arrive in West Palm Beach this morning, the company said. Brightline’s BrightGreen and BrightOrange trains, named for the coloring on their passenger cars, are being pulled across the country by a locomotive. They are expected to complete the 3,052-mile journey from California this afternoon. Two other trains have already arrived at the company&rsquo...
Need a job? Check out this job fair at CityPlace

Need a job? Check out this job fair at CityPlace

More than 30 companies are expected to participate in a job fair at CityPlace next week, including All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service, which is set to launch this summer.
Brightline begins hiring for passenger train service

Brightline begins hiring for passenger train service

Brightline is accepting applications for roughly 200 positions it plans to fill as part of its plan to launch passenger train service between West Palm Beach and Miami along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

POINT OF VIEW High-speed passenger rail act ensures citizen safety

All rail and in particular passenger rail are vital to Florida’s economy. I support and acknowledge the value of efficiently moving goods and people to their desired destination. However, contrary to the representations made by Rusty Roberts, vice president of governmental affairs for All Aboard Florida (AAF), during a March 15 Senate hearing, it is my intention to ensure that all future high-speed...
Grupo México to buy Florida East Coast Railway

Grupo México to buy Florida East Coast Railway

Grupo México, a mining and transportation company based in Mexico City, announced Tuesday that it plans to buy Florida East Coast Railway.  The price tag is $2.1 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Grupo México controls more than 6,200 miles of rail track in Mexico, handling just over 1.4 million loads per year. RELATED: House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline...
House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline takes victory lap

House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline takes victory lap

A House committee abruptly postponed its vote Tuesday on a proposed bill regulating high-speed passenger trains like All Aboard Florida’s Brightline, raising questions about the future of the legislation. The bill, HB 269, was to be taken up by the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee during a morning meeting, but Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, announced in the final minutes that it...
Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

A bill called the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act,” wending through the Florida Legislature, hit a roadblock Tuesday morning when it was pulled from the agenda of a House subcommittee. That’s a good thing because the bill is misnamed. It should be the “Stop Brightline in Its Tracks Act.” The legislation is aimed, of course, at the soon-to-debut high-speed...
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...
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...
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