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Brightline’s first test train from West Palm to Brevard set for Tuesday

Brightline's first test train from West Palm to Brevard set for Tuesday

Brightline’s first test train from West Palm to Brevard set for Tuesday

Brightline’s first test train from West Palm Beach to Brevard County — which is set to roll though the Treasure Coast Tuesday — will mark another milestone in the higher-speed railroad’s completion of its 168-mile extension from South Florida to Orlando.

The Tuesday run — postponed from Monday — will mark the first time a Brightline train travels north of Palm Beach County. The entire $4.5 billion project between Miami and Orlando was first announced in March 2012, and was to be completed by 2014. 

Now, the $2.7 billion extension is to be completed late this year, with service set to begin in early 2023, connecting downtown Miami and Orlando International Airport. Construction is more than 70% complete, according to Brightline.

The inaugural test run is to leave West Palm Beach at 7 a.m. Tuesday and run only as far as Micco in Brevard county, Brightline announced Sunday night. That trip is expected to take about three hours, with the train returning to West Palm Beach. Beginning Wednesday, the railroad said, test trains will leave West Palm Beach at 7 a.m. weekdays, running to Frontenac in Brevard County, about a four-hour trip.

All test runs will travel along the Florida East Coast Railway corridor through downtown Stuart, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. 

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