Brightline Tests Trains at 125 MPH Along Beachline Expressway/SR 528

Brightline, America’s only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail, will be testing trains at maximum speeds of 125 miles-per-hour starting from March 1st between Orlando International Airport and Cocoa. This testing will take place along the new 35-mile dedicated rail corridor that runs parallel to the Beachline Expressway/SR 528 in Orange and Brevard Counties.

This rail corridor is fenced and has no public grade crossings, which means that train testing will not impact motorists. The testing will take place between 7 am and 7 pm daily and will continue throughout the spring. The purpose of this testing is to prepare for Orlando and connect South Florida and Central Florida with intercity passenger rail.

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Brightline is working closely with community partners, government agencies, and news media to raise awareness for rail safety throughout all testing. The company’s current testing along the corridor from Cocoa south to West Palm Beach is ongoing, reaching speeds of up to 110 mph.The public is encouraged to help spread the message of rail safety with Brightline’s safety materials, including taking the digital rail safety pledge and viewing and sharing the new safety PSA.Brightline plans to bring its award-winning service to additional city pairs and congested corridors across the country that are too close to fly and too long to drive, with immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.To learn more about Brightline and its innovative, guest-first approach to train travel, visit and follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Important Safety Reminders:

  • Be alert and follow the law when around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings.
  • Keep in mind that rail traffic will run on BOTH tracks in BOTH directions, so drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists should be extra cautious.
  • Always obey crossing gates and stay off the tracks, as crossing them outside designated areas can be extremely dangerous.
  • Never stop on the tracks, and always cross at designated crossings.
  • Remember that failure to follow railroad safety laws could result in fines, points on your license, or even loss of life. Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings at all times.