Brightline is currently creating a train service that will go from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs.
The plans were delayed last year after some bumps in the road. But, we recently told you about a new proposal that could mean major progress for the development of the train service, and now we have another update!
Last year, the Central Florida Expressway Authority indefinitely delayed a decision bout the route that the Brightline train would take between the Orlando Airport and Tampa, which is the route that would stop at Disney Springs. There were 2 route options and they couldn’t decide which one to use — the one that was significantly cheaper or the one that passed through more tourism-heavy areas, including Universal Orlando Resort.
So, a proposal was made for a new option. The train company SunRail would build a corridor from the Orlando International Airport to their current north-south tracks, move on to the Orange County Convention Center, and then go down south International Drive (which would pass by Disney Springs). SunRail would then allow Brightline to lease the corridor and build their own line of tracks from Disney Springs to Tampa.
This proposal would benefit both Brightline and people who use SunRail — the new route would expand SunRail’s service and cause trains to run more frequently.
Volusia County Council plans to discuss this proposal at their meeting on May 3rd, according to the Orlando Business Journal. This meeting will focus on forming a direction and has the potential for a letter about the proposal to the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission.
Then, the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission, which Volusia County has a seat on, will meet on May 5th. According to the Orlando Business Journal, the agenda has not been released for this meeting.
The next steps for the proposal would be to determine the potential costs for the proposed corridor along with grant requirements. Earlier this month, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings wrote in a letter about the potential to get federal grants to assist the project.
The Orange County Commission also approved a penny sales tax increase for transportation improvements recently, which will go before voters in November, according to the Orlando Business Journal. If approved, the penny sales tax increase is projected to generate about $600 million per year that would go toward transit and infrastructure improvements.
Right now, Brightline is getting closer to completing its expansion from South Florida to the Orlando International Airport. They have said that it should be in operation in 2023. The timeline for the route from the airport to Disney Springs, however, has yet to be finalized. So, we still have a long way to go. Stay tuned to All Ears for news and updates on this project.
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