Brightline Railway Decision Delayed After Push for Route Change

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that the Brightline train route that would have a station located at Disney Springs, has now been delayed indefinitely.

What’s Happening:

  • The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Brightline’s rail from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World and Tampa has been delayed indefinitely after a decision could not be made on whether to allow rail construction beside State Road 417.
  • The Central Florida Expressway Authority agreed unanimously to delay the decision after a push by the International Drive tourism strip and the Hunter’s Creek residential community to deny access to Brightline for development on 417, which would force the company to consider a more expensive route.
  • While Brightline would want a route going through 417, those at International Drive, Universal Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Center would rather the company use an alternative route, which would be more expensive.
  • In terms of preference, the company would much prefer going through 417 than International Drive due to not having to deal with as many public and private lands that span the route that would go to International Drive, although many want it to happen as it would allow for there to be a link to the Orange County Convention Center and its hotels.
  • Brightline stated that a route on 417 through Hunters Creek will cost $1.03 billion compared to a route along State Road 528 to International Drive costing $2.1 billion.

  • The Brightline and Disney deal was made official last November with a route that not only will connect Guests to Disney Springs, but cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
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