Momentum Builds as Brightline Readies for Introductory Service This Summer
March 10, 2017
March 14, 2017
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – March 14, 2017 – Brightline, the only-privately-funded express passenger rail system in the country, has welcomed its second completed trainset, BrightPink, to South Florida. Joining BrightBlue, which made its “Sunshine State” debut in January, BrightPink arrived last night to Workshop b, Brightline’s railroad operations center in West Palm Beach, where ongoing preparations for the summer launch of train service are well underway.
BrightPink departed the Siemens Rolling Stock facility in Sacramento, California last week and made the 3,052 mile journey through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana before arriving in Jacksonville, Florida and then on to West Palm Beach.
“It is exciting to reach another important Brightline milestone as BrightPink, our second completed trainset, arrives in Florida,” said Brightline CEO David Howard. “Many South Floridians have caught glimpses of BrightBlue undergoing testing in Palm Beach County and we look forward to having BrightPink on the test track soon, preparing for our summer launch.”
BrightPink is full of innovations from its boarding platform and aisles that exceed ADA compliance standards to complimentary Wi-Fi, powered by multiple antennas on every car. Each Brightline trainset is 100 percent Buy America compliant with components from more than 40 suppliers across 20 states.
The BrightPink arrival milestone signals Brightline’s ongoing commitment of private investment towards transportation infrastructure benefiting the public. Brightline will provide a much needed hospitality-driven alternative to South Florida’s congested roadways. Introductory express service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July, followed by initial service to Miami in late August. The company is anticipating a grand opening and official launch of the train service in September.
Brightline is the new benchmark for travel by train in America with express inter-city passenger rail service connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando. Providing a travel option that lives at the intersection of transportation and hospitality, the service will ease the stress of traffic, provide a simple and intuitive experience from door to destination, and foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida. Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.