All Aboard Florida launches Brightline
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Monday was the first chance to see what the high speed rail trains will look like that will travel between Miami and Orlando, without making any stops north of West Palm Beach.
All Aboard Florida introduced the "Brightline" brand.
"It's just a smarter way to travel. It's faster than driving by a lot," said All Aboard Florida President Michael Reininger.
But there is still resistance on the Treasure Coast from many who say the high speed trains are unwelcome.
"This is not new news to us whatsoever. All they did was bring out the new name change of Brightline, which is not a bright idea," said KC Traylor of Florida Not All Aboard.
By late 2017, the plan is to have 32 train trips rolling through the Treasure Coast between Miami and Orlando.
"Bottom line is we don't want high speed rail running through our communities at 70-80 miles an hour," said Brent Hanlon with Citizens Against Rail Expansion.
Hanlon says the fight isn't over. There are still pending legal actions from both Martin and Indian River Counties, and $1.75 billion dollars in bonds must be sold to finance the project.
"Awful lot of fight here. I think All Aboard Florida is underestimating CARE Florida and Indian River and Martin Counties. There is a lot of people out there who oppose this project," said Hanlon.
But in Miami, where there's plenty of support, the talk is not of past struggles, but future customer benefit.
"Very, very soon there's a new way to get about in the state of Florida to the major places you are already traveling to," said Reininger.
All Aboard Florida has until January 1st to sell those bonds.
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