WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Floridians and tourists will soon have a new way to travel the sunshine state — and it will be by express rail.
Brightline showed the media the engine and cars Wednesday in West Palm Beach as the first of five brand new train sets is being prepared for testing.
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Test runs between the hour-long ride from Miami to West Palm Beach are expected to begin soon. There will also be a stop in Fort Lauderdale.
The trip from Miami to Orlando is set to be a three hours.
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Brightline’s trains are 100 percent ‘Buy America’ compliant with American-made components from more than 40 suppliers in 20 states.
An estimated 10,000 jobs are being created during the construction phase that includes the trains, new stations and rail infrastructure improvements.
While construction continues on three train stations opening this summer, future plans call for the train to add Orlando as its next destination.
BRIGHTLINE IS THE ONLY PRIVATELY OWNED AND MAINTAINED PASSENGER RAIL SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES.
Formerly known as All Aboard Florida, Brightline is the only privately-owned and maintained passenger rail system in the United States.