New Federal Grant means Brightline will have a stop near Universal Orlando
Brightline has received new funding for its Central Florida service line. A federal grant of $15,875,000 was given to Brightline by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The company will match the amount and the total will be used to support the preliminary engineering and environmental approvals to construct the rail system between Orlando International Airport and Tampa.
Brightline recently tweeted about the grant:
“A federal grant from @USDOT Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program will help fund Central Florida’s Sunshine Corridor and Brightline’s proposed Tampa to Orlando intercity passenger rail project.”
The funds will allow a station to be built near the Convention Center, International Drive and Universal Studios. This proposal has been referred to as the “Sunshine Corridor.”
“The Sunshine Corridor is a comprehensive, ambitious transportation solution for Central Florida. It represents the missing link in Brightline’s plan to connect Orlando and Tampa with modern, eco-friendly, intercity passenger rail,” Brightline CEO Michael Reininger said.
Service between the Orlando airport and southern Florida is set to begin in 2023.