Miami to Orland rail connection still in the works

May 1, 2013 by  

Miami residents who hunger for the golden age of rail travel will be happy to know that the proposed passenger train service between Miami and Orland has not been derailed, although it has suffered a delay. The privately funded rail service is expected to commence operations at the end of 2015.

The All Aboard Project will provide luxurious passenger train service over a 235-mile route with four stops. The 16 round trips per day will undoubtedly be a popular attraction for tourists and invigorate the economies of each of the cities. One thing is for sure; market wise entrepreneurs will not wait until the last minute to discuss with their local printing company how this will affect their advertising campaign.

Each nine-car passenger train, featuring gourmet meals and WiFi, will spend less than a minute holding up traffic at crossings and is therefore expected to have little to no effect on local traffic. Train station locations are expected to be Orlando (the airport), West Palm Beach (between the two entertainment districts on land at Datura and Evernia streets), Fort Lauderdale (likely to be on Broward Boulevard north of the bus terminal, although this has yet to be confirmed), and Miami (adjacent to the Metrorail and Government Center).

The Coral Gables-based Florida East Coast Industries will host open houses to solicit public opinions about the rail service. The open house for interested Miami residents will take place on May 6 from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Culmer Center Community Center.