High Speed Rail To Connect Miami, Orlando, And Walt Disney World

Virgin Trains USA announced the expansion of the high speed train.

April 5, 2019

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Getting around the state of Florida is about to be a lot faster. 

Virgin Trains USA, (formerly Brightline) which is the high-speed train that is currently in operation between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop in Ft. Lauderdale had always had an end goal of ending in Orlando.

Well, that plan has been set in stone with Virgin Trains USA announcing that funding had been secured for the West Palm Beach to Orlando leg of the train system to begin construction immediately. 

The train would terminate at the intermodal terminal at Orlando International Airport which, if you haven't seen, is massive and beautiful! 

What's interesting about this announcement is the addition of a station to Walt Disney World and SunRail stations. 

The company announced that Disney station is on their short list and they would like to commence a build out at the same time as the Orlando International Airport station. 

There even could be a stop at the Meadow Woods SunRail station, south of the airport near the 417 expressway. 

What is interesting about this announcement is that in Orlando, the high-speed trains will operate almost like a commuter train with 3 stops really connecting residents and tourists alike. 

Now, hopefully with this announcement, SunRail will operate on a more regular basis 7 days a week during busy flying times.

Imagine dropping your vehicle off at a SunRail station and taking the train to the airport and ridding the hassle of parking at the airport. 

However, none of this will happen overnight as the construction timeline given was 30-36 months... aka the better part of 2-3 years. 

Fare prices for the Orlando leg haven't been released but for reference, a one-way ticket from Miami to West Palm Beach would cost you $22 minimum and run about 1hr and 15 minutes. 

The whole trip from Miami to Orlando is expected to take 3 hours with a top speed of 125 mph, making the threshhold for high-speed rail in the United States. 

Source: WDWNT.com