Brightline considers adding station to Treasure Coast

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A Brightline train pauses at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 12, 2018, a week before Miami service began.
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STUART, Fla. – Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service is considering adding a stop in the Treasure Coast region as part of its eventual expansion to Orlando, WPTV-TV reports. Brightline runs between Miami and West Palm Beach and plans to expand north in 2021. Initially there were no plans for stops in the Treasure Coast region, much to the dismay of local residents who have be on the fence about supporting the new service.

Now, the railroad has told Treasure Coast residents that it would consider adding one or more stops in the area. Railroad officials have asked city managers from Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Sebastian, and Stuart to consider where they would like to have a station stop. Brightline wants an answer within two months.

“I know that there are a lot of people concerned about a train coming through the Treasure Coast, but it appears that the train is going to come through either way. So, if in fact, we’re going to have the tracks, it would benefit Stuart to at least have a stop on the tracks so that we could participate in the transportation to and from the airports as well as South Florida and Orlando," Stuart City Attorney Michael Mortell says.

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