ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) — Brightline’s highly-anticipated expansion to Orlando may come with a stop directly at Walt Disney World.
The state of Florida on Wednesday approved Brightline’s plan to offer service between Orlando and Tampa, months after Gov. Rick Scott announced it would seek proposals for rail service between the two cities. Fox 13 reports Brightline was the only company to submit a proposal, which would have a route that would largely run alongside Interstate 4.
Additional negotiations are expected between Brightline and utilities, local land owners and communities along the route. One of those conversations may be with Disney.
According to WFTV, a train map Brightline was using to recruit investors shows a Disney station between Orlando and Tampa.
However, Disney has not yet said if they have approved or will approve a station on its property.
In the past, Disney has not been on board with other train services traveling through its property. In the 80s, Disney didn’t support plans for a train from the Orlando International Airport to the resort. The service also would have had a route from Epcot to the International Drive area.
As part of the application, Brightline projects the 88-mile route between Tampa and Orlando would produce about 16,500 temporary jobs during the three years of construction, and 1,600 permanent jobs, Fox 13 reports.
Brightline has not commented on the plans.
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