Many construction projects were brought to a halt by the Coronavirus pandemic. However, Virgin Trains is able to move forward with their Florida project despite financial setbacks facing other businesses. The construction of the South Florida to Orlando railway continues.
Executive Vice President Rail Infrastructure Michael Cegelis commented about the progress of the railway construction during the pandemic:
“Our linear type of construction, building a 168-mile railroad, means that by nature, the workforce is more spread out than they would be, in building a building. Because of the shutdown of other construction projects in the region, more work crews have been available, so we’re seeing our contractors be able to relocate crews from projects that have stopped, onto our project.”
The train railway project is roughly 30 percent complete. The construction is deemed an essential business since the rail infrastructure project is crucial to improving mobility options in Florida. Also, an added benefit of the construction is how it helps the economy by keeping its workforce employed.
The train will allow fast travel between Orlando and West Palm Beach. The construction project includes plans to have the train deliver passengers to both Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World. The train service will make traveling faster and easier for many Disney visitors.
The new railway is set for a forecasted December 2022 completion date. Will any of you use the new train railway when it’s completed?
Source: Fox 35 Orlando
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