Brightline train service on track to launch in tri-county area this summer

(WSVN) - Train service between Miami and West Palm Beach is on track to begin this summer.

Formerly known as All Aboard Florida, Brightline will offer service to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach as part of Phase I, with Phase II in the pipeline for service to Orlando.

“We have been very focused on launching Phase I of the service from Miami to West Palm Beach,” Brightline said in a statement. “Now that we are readying for service launch, we are continuing to make progress on Phase 2 to Orlando. We are currently finalizing permitting and should have a better idea of timing to Orlando after we begin operations this summer.”

Michael Reininger, the former president of Brightline and now executive director of its parent company Florida East Coast Industries, told the South Florida Business Journal the company is working on securing financing and permits for the West Palm Beach to Orlando portion of the plan.

“As a practical matter, there’s about 30 months of construction that needs to be done,” Reininger said. “We won’t start that construction until we finish the permitting and get the financing put in place.”

Brightline debuted their first train in January, and said their second is now on its way to Florida from California.