This week, the South Florida Business Journal included MiamiCentral in an article on the rise of transit-oriented developments in South Florida. According to the article by Brian Bandell, “Traffic congestion has become almost unbearable in the tri-county region, especially on the major interstates, in the urban cores and in densely populated suburbs. With population growth…
First Brightline Trainset Unveiled
December 16, 2016
This week Brightline reached another milestone in its construction progress. Siemens completed the first Brightline trainset, taking us yet another step forward to the launch of the express passenger train service
Built at Siemens manufacturing hub in Sacramento, California, the first Brightline trainset is almost 500 feet long and its four stainless-steel coaches are adorned in bright blue. On each end, there is a bright yellow diesel-electric locomotive. Most importantly, the trains are being built as 100% Buy America compliant which means they are made with parts from suppliers in the United States. Construction on the first car shell began in July 2015.
“Building these trainsets utilized the latest in modern manufacturing techniques, a vast supply chain and leveraged the best in Siemens engineering and manufacturing know-how. We are all extremely proud to see the first one come to life and make it one step closer to ushering in a new era of modern transportation in Florida,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock.
Four additional trainsets for Brightline’s first phase from Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are being built at Siemens. Brightline expects delivery of these additional trainsets in four bright hues: pink, red, orange and green by the end of March. The company also has additional trainsets on order for its second phase to Orlando.
“Having our first Brightline trainset completed and on its way to Florida is a major accomplishment and brings us one step closer to the introduction of our innovative new train service,” said Michael Reininger, president of Brightline.
Watch the video to see the full trainset:
The excitement is building as we head into 2017. Brightline is scheduled to begin express inter-city train service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in mid-2017 on these brand new trains.
On To The Next Stop...
This week, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Governor Council got a special sneak peak at the construction of the Brightline Fort Lauderdale train station. The 60,000 square foot train station is rapidly taking shape since the topping out ceremony on September 16. Come with us on a tour of the station as it’s now possible…