Brightline is a high-speed inter-city railway line under construction between Miami and Orlando. Estimated to cost $3bn, the project is being implemented by All Aboard Florida (AAF), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries.
Orlando Business Journal has learned that one possible stop for Miami-based intercity rail company Brightline’s train may be incorporated with the Orange Parking Garage in Disney Springs, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. Of course, these are early plans that may be changed or scrapped. Further, a deal isn’t finalized for building the rail line into and out of Walt Disney World.
Brightline representatives weren’t available for comment, and Disney told OBJ it had “nothing more to share” at this time. It wasn’t known what companies were hired to study and plan this potential Disney Springs station.
“There is still demand for practical mass transit in Central Florida, especially for tourists who arrive by air. Many also visit Miami and Tampa, so a quick rail link to those other tourist destinations would be worthwhile. Since it’s now easy to arrange car service through Uber and others, relative convenience is key to potential use,” said John Gerner, managing director for Leisure Business Advisors LLC told OBJ.
Some Disney watchers have been theorizing that the Brightline would effectively replace the Magical Express as the defacto way to travel from MCO to Walt Disney World, which is ending next year. However, it will likely be years until the train is on the tracks. In the interim, Disney Guests will probably want to look into booking private transportation.
Brightline is working on its $2.7 billion, 170-mile extension to Orlando International Airport from West Palm Beach, which is roughly 49% complete. Service is expected to start in 2023.
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