Brightline to launch simulated service this week

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The first hint of Brightline’s initial service offering set to begin later this month between its two completed stations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and West Palm Beach has been revealed in an advisory to public information officers along the route.

Starting this week, 10 northbound and 10 southbound daily trips will simulate the way Brightline will schedule and operate the trains when they start carrying passengers, although the company has yet to release a start date, fare structure, departure times, and onboard service details.

The public notice has been issued because trains will reach top speeds of 79 mph on a recently double-tracked right-of-way that previously only hosted mostly nocturnal freight traffic often moving at less than 40 mph. There are 178 highway crossings on the 66-mile West Palm Beach-Miami segment and Brightline wants residents to be adequately apprised of “second train coming” scenarios.

The company has assisted towns along the route in making many of these grade crossings compliant with Federal Railroad Administration “quiet zone” requirements, but the necessary individual certifications won’t come before service begins.

Kim Delaney, the director of strategic development and policy for the Treasure Coast (a territory which includes Palm Beach County), tells the Palm Beach Post, “It is better and safer for communities to be aware the new trains are operational and operating at higher speeds before the horns are silenced.”

Further testing is required by the Federal Railroad Administration to troubleshoot the positive train control overlay of Florida East Coast’s cab signal system in Brightline’s Charger locomotive cabs under actual operating conditions.

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