JENSEN BEACH, Fla. – Drivers on the Treasure Coast will soon see fast Brightline trains at railroad crossings.
The private railway line is ready to start testing bullet trains this month at faster speeds than they are currently traveling in Palm Beach County.
Testing will take place in Martin and St. Lucia counties starting the week of October 17 at speeds of 110 mph. Currently, trains are running at around 80 mph in South Florida.
One of the crossings they will cross is Jensen Beach Boulevard, which has a roundabout at the crossing.
Inside the nearby Jensen Beach Barber Shop, customers and employees have a front row seat to see what’s happening on the nearby train tracks.
“I saw them going around the doors,” said barber shop owner John Gentile. “I’ll be sitting in front, and I’ll see them walk around that door.”
Gentile thinks drivers here will need time to get used to driving with the Brightline trains running through the area.
Trains will run at speeds of 60-80mph in densely populated areas, but 110mph in more rural areas.
This all comes as Brightline prepares to expand service to Orlando next year.
“Brightline will move much faster than the trains they are used to,” said St. Lucie County spokesman Erick Gill.
Brightline officials said there will be guards and law enforcement in areas where the tests are taking place to warn drivers.
Brightline trains are expected to go even faster once past Cocoa Beach, perhaps reaching 125 mph.
Despite these high speeds, there are faster trains in the United States. The Amtrak Acela, which provides service between Washington, DC and Boston, reaches speeds of 150 mph.
Brightline tests will take place at the following crossings:
St. Lucia County
- Savannah Road / Waterplant Road
- Midway Road (County Road 712)
- Walton Road
- Riverview Drive
- County Line Road
- Skyline Drive (County Road 722)
- Landing of Pitchford
- Jensen Beach Boulevard (State Road 707A)
- Palmetto Avenue