Brightline, the future passenger rail service that will connect Fort Lauderdale to Miami and West Palm Beach, has announced that two new trainsets have departed Siemens Rolling Stock facility in Sacramento, Calif. The new trains are expected to arrive at Workshop b later this week. The fifth and final trainset, BrightRed, is being completed at Siemens and is expected to ship in mid-June.
“Two Brightline trainsets traveling 3,052 miles from California to Florida represent innovation in transportation and U.S. manufacturing at its finest,” stated Dave Howard, CEO of Brightline. “Our Florida team looks forward to welcoming BrightGreen and BrightOrange to their new home as we continue with preparations to launch our service this summer.”
BrightGreen and BrightOrange, totaling nearly 1,000 feet in length, set off on the journey simultaneously. The trains were built at Siemens’ manufacturing hub in California and are 100 percent Buy America compliant.
The trains will join Brightline’s BrightBlue and BrightPink trains at Workshop b, the 12-acre railroad operations facility in West Palm Beach that serves to maintain, clean and store Brightline’s trains. Once service begins, Workshop b will serve as the on-duty location for train crews.
Brightline’s trains feature automatic level boarding platforms and aisles that exceed ADA compliance standards. They also have custom seats with multiple outlets for devices and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Brightline introductory express service is scheduled to begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July, with service to Miami added in late August.
The company is anticipating a grand opening and official launch of the full service in September.