ORLANDO, Fla. – Construction continues on Virgin Trains high-speed rail service across the state of Florida. On Thursday, News 6 got a behind the scenes look at the construction underway by Virgin Trains, formally known as Brightline.
The train will connect Orlando to West Palm Beach, down to Miami, with speeds up to 125 mph.
In all, the project is expected to cost $2.5 billion, including a $70 million maintenance facility just south of the Orlando International Airport. The rail is part of a goal to get 3 million cars off the road.
Patrick Goddard is the president and CEO of Virgin Trains USA.
“With 1,000 people moving into the state daily and 126 million visitors last year, we cannot depend on the car,” Goddard said. “We need alternative mobility solutions and we think this is a phenomenal option to what’s out there.”