Brightline trainsets will stop at high-level platforms at the West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami stations. To create a seamless and bump-free passage from the platform while allowing a space wide enough to allow FEC freight trains to move through the stations (a bypass track is available for wide loads), the Siemens-built cars utilize motorized bridge plates extending from each doorway once the train stops.
Manager of Operations Planning Mike Lefevre says, “By engineering a device that comes out and tilts, you eliminate a threshold next to the car so there is no gap — no bump for a wheelchair or stroller. On most light rail vehicles, you have an inch of threshold between the car floor and the pocket where it rests and another gap to the platform. Tilting the gap filler up means we don’t exceed the tolerance for what a wheelchair would reasonably expect to get over.”