We talk a lot about Disney World — but half the battle is getting there! Now that Disney’s Magical Express service is no longer in operation, guests must find a different way to get to their Disney hotel. Currently, travelers have a few different options (you can take a bus, rideshare, taxi, or town car), and eventually, there will be a high-speed train!
In a recent press release, Brightline announced that the first major construction zone on the West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport route is complete.
The section of track that is now complete (known as Zone 2), is a 3.5-mile-long section on Brightline’s corridor leading into the Orlando International Airport. Brightline added that this section represented one of the most complex and challenging areas for construction in the entire project.
The trains are set to begin service in 2023 and will travel through the airport corridor at 35 miles per hour before heading east towards Cocoa where the train will reach 125 miles per hour. We told you it was a high-speed train!
The completed track travels under active airport taxiways and over tug roads running through MCO. During construction, Brightline used an engineered double-track made with 100% recycled, American-made steel sourced from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Brightline project manager Donald Jello said, “The completion in Zone 2 is a major milestone for the Brightline construction and engineering team as we continue to work towards the completion of the corridor to Orlando from West Palm Beach.”
Brightline stated that the Orlando extension (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach to Orlando) is 70% complete and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022. Keep in mind that the separate line from MCO to Disney World is still a work in progress, and the completion date is still a few years away.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the Brightlineproject, so stay tuned!
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