The Brightline 170 mile connection from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport is almost halfway complete according to the Orlando Business Journal.
Michael Cegelis, executive vice president of rail infrastructure for Brightline, said in an update to the Orange County Commission yesterday that they are on track to have construction complete by the end of 2022 and service to begin after necessary safety inspections at the beginning of 2023.
Along with the Orlando International Airport connection, Brightline is also making a station at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. The Disney Springs stop is part of the first phase to Tampa and they are still shooting for a 2023 debut.
The design concept for the proposed station at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort includes a lobby on the ground level, passenger facilities and an upper level train platform.
“Brightline will offer a car-free connection to the millions of visitors from around the state and the world who plan to make Walt Disney World Resort part of their vacation plans,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Our mission has always been to connect our guests to the people and places that matter, and Walt Disney World Resort is a tremendous example of this.”
Many Disney fans speculate that with the loss of Disney’s Magical Express guests will be able to take Brightline from the Orlando Airport to Disney Springs and then onto their Disney World Resort.
Stay tuned to Chip and Co for more details on the construction for the Brightline Railway including the Disney Springs stop!