Construction is progressing at the Downtown Miami site of the future MiamiCentral Station, which is part of the railway initiative to connect Forida's metropolitan cities. MiamiCentral Station will service both the Tri-Rail and Brightline train paths. The Next Miami has reported that All Aboard Florida is on track to begin Tri-Rail service soon and Brightline passenger train service between Miami and West Palm Beach at some point in 2017.
The Brightline will travel at speeds of up to 125 mph by train between Miami and Orlando, connecting the Eastern coast of the state of Florida like never before. The $2.5 billion, privately funded Brightline will soon provide easy access for residents of South Florida to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. All three South Florida stations are currently under construction as this project inches closer to reality.
The Brightline will feature everything that the modern traveler needs, including free Wi-Fi and charging stations at the seats. There will also be food and beverage service aboard. There will also be designated pet areas and three ticket options at all different budgets and privacy allotments. As opposed to the standard steel cars that have moved people for over a century, Brightline will feature a Floridian spin, with passenger cars being an artistic pink, red, orange, green or blue. Designer David Rockwell has said that he wants to keep the train cars and station design transparent and welcoming, which led to the moniker "Brightline." Matched with the massive amounts of development going on in South Florida, the Brightline should further help connect the people and economies in South East Florida.