Most Miami residents make the long, boring and often traffic-filled trip to Orlando at least a couple times a year, whether it be for theme parks, resorts or sports tournaments. After many years of the Florida Turnpike’s inefficiency and the need to beat rush hour, the state of Florida has finally come up with a better solution. All Aboard Florida, a Miami to Orlando passenger rail service, was announced in 2012, but after many political obstacles, such as a long debate about whether the train will be privately or publicly run and financed, railroad construction has begun.
This $2.5 billion project is being built in sections, with the track from Miami to West Palm Beach scheduled to open in late 2015, and the final track from West Palm Beach to Orlando scheduled to open in 2017. Details on the specific train that will be used are not yet available to the public, but Mike Reininger, the president and chief development officer, claimed in an interview with the Miami Herald, that state of the art technology will be used for this rail service. This train will average about 78.3 miles per hour.
“It will be made in the USA and it will have the newest and highest emission standards built into the technology of the train,” Reininger said.
Trips to America’s most popular city are scheduled to be hourly, with 16 trips leaving every day. While this upcoming train is certainly not a bullet train, as is seen regularly throughout Europe, the trip to Orlando will be shortened and significantly more comfortable. Only two stops are scheduled for the new train, in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
“I think it’ll come in handy when I hit up Disney World,” senior Daniel Ruiz said.
While there are a few complaints about the newly proposed railroad, including questions about noise and the locations of the stations, Miami residents are excited for the new train, which will eliminate the need for long, uncomfortable car rides to the most visited city in the United States: Orlando, Florida.