VIDEO: Brightline Completes First Weekend of 110 MPH Testing Through Martin and St. Lucie Counties
South Florida - Monday October 24, 2022: Brightline will continue testing its passenger rail service at speeds up to 110 MPH through November after three days of high speed runs that began Friday. Brightline reports that the testing this past weekend occurred without incident.
Residents should continue to be alert and follow the law around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings.
This first six-week phase of testing is occurring along an 11-miles stretch of track through Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
During the testing period, flaggers and law enforcement will be present at all crossings listed above. Testing is expected to bring additional wait times at railroad crossings. Stay off the tracks and never go around crossing gates.
The following crossing will be closed during the testing period..
St. Lucie County
• Midway Rd. (CR 712)
• Walton Rd.
• Riverview Dr.
• County Line Rd.
• Skyline Dr. (CR 722)
• Pitchford Landing
• Jensen Beach Blvd. (SR 707A)
Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that rail traffic will run on BOTH tracks in BOTH directions. Failure to follow the law could result in fines, points on your license or loss of life.
“If the crossing arms are down, don’t drive around,” said Joe Meade, director of safety at Brightline. “This testing serves as a critical reminder to the public to be safe around active railroad tracks and obey all traffic laws. Never stop on the tracks, don’t drive around crossing gates and only cross tracks at a designated railroad crossing.”
The 110-mph testing, in preparation for opening to Orlando in 2023, will occur in phases along the 129-mile rail corridor between West Palm Beach and Cocoa, through Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Brevard Counties.
Brightline has made crucial safety improvements at all 156 railroad crossings along the corridor. At the crossings in this testing area all safety improvements have been installed. Those improvements vary per crossing, but may include new crossing gates, signal systems, pedestrian gates, pavement markings and roadway profiles. Where trains will operate at 110 mph, all crossings have quad gates or medians to prevent motorists from driving around lowered crossing gates.
The public is encouraged to sign up for Brightline text alert updates for the latest information on high-speed testing schedules in their area: Text “RR110” to 888-384-0037.
Brightline is working closely with community partners, government agencies and news media to spread the word and highlight rail safety via multiple channels including on social media and with public service announcements. Download these safety messages to share on your social media channels.
Brightline currently serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, with stations in Aventura and Boca Raton opening at the end of 2022 and its Orlando station beginning service in 2023. Brightline plans to bring its service to additional city pairs and congested corridors across the country that are too close to fly and too long to drive, with immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.
For more information visit www.gobrightline.com