High-speed rail service from OIA to South Florida on track for 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. — A high-speed rail service connecting Orlando to both Miami and Tampa is on its way.

This week, Virgin Trains USA presented an update to the Orlando Aviation Authority board that included the announcement about the plans to bring the train here.

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Brightline Trains, which will soon be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA, is a passenger rail service that’s already up and running in South Florida. And construction is well underway to bring the train here.

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, construction has remained on track. To be completed for passengers to hop aboard toward the end of 2022.

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It will head up the coast to Cocoa and parallel to the 528, and reach speeds as high as 125 MPH. It will then link up to the Orlando International Airport’s south terminal.

Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.