Could minor change in track route delay Brightline to Orlando?
Posted on September 29, 2017
By: Jennifer Sorentrue, Palm Beach Post
It may just be a mile or so, but it could be a pivotal mile for the state’s long-desired high-speed train link to Central Florida.
A slight shift in the way All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains will maneuver through a single interchange along its 235-mile route could slow the company’s plan to extend its passenger service north to Orlando, potentially requiring a more extensive federal review before construction can begin on the much anticipated leg.
Brightline initially planned to run on a new section of track along east-west State Road 528, or Beachline Expressway, crossing over Interstate 95 in Brevard County. The design, which was included in a 2015 federal environmental study of the project, required a series of costly bridges to carry trains over the interchange’s on and off ramps…