New railroad line set to connect major urban centers

October 10, 2013 by  

If all goes according to plan, Miami resident will find travelling to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando much easier starting sometime in 2015.

All Aboard Florida, a company wishing to operate the state’s first privately owned interstate passenger train line, has finalized arrangements this month to lease the final leg of the 230-mile route that separates Miami and Orlando.

The line will utilize an existing 200 miles of Florida East Coast Railroad line connecting Miami and Cocoa. The available line will be extended 35 miles to the Orlando International Airport now that the final right of way has been obtained. The new construction will take about 18 months; and the entire project is expected to cost about $1.5bn.

An agreement was also reached earlier this month with Orlando International Airport for the proposed train route to extend onto airport property, allowing passengers to make direct connections to flights.

The chair of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Frank Kruppenbacher, said:

“Floridians and visitors want transportation options and flexibility.”

The proposed trains will run at up to speeds of 110mph and make the trip between Miami and Orlando in about three hours. Currently, the government-run national rail corporation, Amtrak, offers service between Miami and Orlando twice-daily, taking between five and seven hours to make the trip. Local businesses on the new train route may want to rethink their marketing campaigns and consult with printing companies on the best way to adapt to the change.