Florida transportation authorities are giving Brightline a final deadline of mid-summer to iron out agreements with local and state governments. Brightline is reviewing the extension of passenger rail service from Orlando’s airport to Tampa for Florida government officials. Being a privately owned and funded company, Brightline must agree to a method for compensating the state and the authority for lost toll revenues.
The proposed Brightline route going west from Orlando’s airport to Tampa involved crossing the north-south SunRail tracks. So, Brightline must secure an agreement with SunRail’s local commission of elected leaders. The timeline is also contingent on “right of way acquisition, permitting, final design and engineering.”
“The station at Disney Springs will provide a fast, convenient and enjoyable alternative to driving or flying for the millions of trips made by guests traveling between South Florida and Orlando to visit the Walt Disney World Resort each year,” Brightline wrote. “As part of a future planned extension to Tampa, the station at Disney Springs could also serve the millions of annual visitors to Disney and Orlando originating from the Tampa area.”
Brightline’s proposal for rail service between Orlando and Tampa is to follow the company’s completion of an extension to Orlando’s airport, now under construction and more than half finished, from existing service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
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