Brightline opens the Orlando station (includes video story)

Brightline’s South Florida service has expanded to Orlando. 

The trains, which start in Miami, reach speeds of 125 mph on their way to Orlando, completing the journey in under 3.5 hours. That compares to more than four hours by car, and more if there’s traffic.

“We think it will be a great addition for our local travelers to go and also for people to come down to see us,” said Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade mayor.

Brightline invested over $5 billion in constructing 235 miles of high-speed rail, six terminals, and stations. The company also has future plans for a Los Angeles to Las Vegas route.

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.