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Florida mayors celebrate Brightline's launch of a link between Miami and Orlando

A brightly colored sign post in front of a rail car.
John Raoux
A sign post is seen in front of a Brightline rail car to celebrate the completion of the construction of the Brightline high speed rail on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. The rail system now connects Miami to Orlando.

The last segment of a higher-speed rail line stretching from South Florida to the central part of the state has been completed, a milestone that was celebrated Wednesday by mayors from across the Sunshine State.

A 170-mile stretch of rail now connects Miami to Orlando as Brightline is gearing up to run 16 daily round trips between Miami and Orlando starting later this year.

Mayors from Miami, Aventura, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Orlando gathered at a station at Orlando International Airport on Wednesday to mark the occasion. All the cities are located along the route.

Brightline’s Orlando expansion broke ground in June 2019, a year after operations began in South Florida between its Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations.

“This is a tremendous moment for our community. We have watched the construction progress, looking forward to the day when we would see trains pass us alongside the highway. That day is here," said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, whose county is home to Orlando.

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