November 10th, 2015 3:02 PM by Nour Ailan
Aboard Florida, developer of the only privately-owned and operated
passenger rail service in the United States, unveiled a new express
train travel service that would connect major cities between South and
At an event held on the construction site for
Miami Central, the new downtown transportation hub, All Aboard
introduced Brightline and previewed the innovative trains set to become
the centerpiece of the new service. "Which is our new transportation
service that's gonna connect the four major cities in Florida, with a
new way to move about," said Michael Reininger, president of All Aboard
$3 billion project will soon give passengers the ability to jump on a
train in Downtown Miami and travel to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach
and Orlando. "It's an alternative to more and more cars on ever more
congested roadways," said Reininger.
The designs of the trains were specifically made with South Florida in mind.
future hub and mixed-use urban development is located in the heart of
Miami, at Northwest First Avenue between Northwest Third and Eighth
Streets. Previously, the land was solely used for parking. "It's really
based on Florida," said David Rockwell, founder and president of
Rockwell Group. "It's based on the kind of optimism of Florida."
A color scheme of yellow, blue, green, red, purple and orange was incorporated in the design of the trains.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez was also in attendance at the event. He held a
pass that hinted at what users will use to board the trains. "That's
supposedly the first inaugural pass. I don't know if it will actually
allow me on," he said jokingly. "It's nice. It's commemorative."
said All Aboard Florida will help the local public transportation
services. "It's always about giving different options, more options to
our residents, so that's why it's really important," he said.
quicker. It's just a smarter way to travel, but it's more convenient.
It's more reliable. It's more enjoyable, and it's more productive," said
The Brightline trains are slated to begin service in 2017.