Brightline arrives in downtown Miami

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MIAMI, Fla. — With the completion of an embankment and viaduct to lift Brightline trains into the company’s massive MiamiCentral facility, test trains can now reach the still-unfinished terminal. The first such train arrived last Thursday, March 29.

The company has yet to announce a revenue service start date to and from the new station other than sometime in the next several months. Interior station construction continues, as does trackwork and trainset testing between the existing southern terminus at Fort Lauderdale and downtown Miami.

When Trains News Wire toured MiamiCentral on Jan. 31, 2018, platform track construction was nearly finished and ballast was being spread on the passenger right-of-way connecting it with Florida East Coast Railway’s active line into the Port of Miami.   

Brightline is using the break-in period to focus additional community outreach safety efforts along the route where test trains will soon operate. Last week, 160 school children toured a trainset at the Fort Lauderdale station, where they heard presentations from Brightline representatives and the city’s fire and police departments.

Meanwhile, the company is adding an extra Friday evening round-trip between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale beginning this week, coinciding with the Tortuga Music Festival. The additional trains mirror existing Saturday and Sunday night schedules, with the last northbound train out of Fort Lauderdale set to depart at 10:55 p.m.

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