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Brightline recently announced a milestone: The private high-speed rail company has passed the midpoint of building its extension from Miami to Orlando, Florida.
The company marked this milestone at an event held at the future site of a Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) just south of Orlando International Airport (OIA). The progress of the Brightline VMF and the 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to the OIA represents the company’s $ 4.2 billion private investment in the state of Florida, officials said. the company in a press release.
Brightline leaders Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings joined representatives from the regional government, Central Florida government partners and community leaders at the event , which included a visit.
Participants signed a 12-foot bright yellow steel baton, which will be incorporated into the Brightline track between the OIA station and the VMF.
When complete, the corridor will connect south and central Florida (235 miles), making it one of the largest privately funded infrastructure projects in the country. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Brightline has more than 1,000 construction workers at multiple sites for the 170-mile project, which includes 48 bridges, 52,000 tonnes of steel rail, 1.4 million square feet of retaining walls and 6 million cubic meters of backfill in the ground.
In total, Brightline’s high-speed rail network will create more than 10,000 jobs and more than $ 6.4 billion in economic benefits over an eight-year period.