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Brightline: 110 MPH Train Testing Resumes in Martin and St. Lucie Counties

Brightline will conduct maximum speed testing of 110 MPH along an 11-mile stretch of track in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
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Brightline will conduct maximum speed testing of 110 MPH along an 11-mile stretch of track in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

Treasure Coast - Wednesday January 25, 2023: On Wednesday January 25 Brightline will resume maximum speed testing of 110 mph along an 11-mile stretch of track in Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The testing will last through Saturday January 28.

Flaggers and law enforcement officers will be present at the five railroad crossings where trains will operate at high speeds. Where trains will operate at 110 mph, all crossings have quad gates or medians to prevent motorists from driving around lowered crossing gates.

The testing is expected to bring additional wait times at the crossings.

Brightline began high speed testing in the Treasure Coast last fall. The 110 mph speed that has been reached during the testing is the fastest a train has every traveled in Florida.

Brightline has also completed 79 mph testing through Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Brevard Counties.

The testing is occurring in phases along the 129-mile rail corridor between West Palm Beach and Cocoa. The speed testing is is being conducted in preparation for opening Brightline service all the way to the Orlando International Airport later this year.

Important Safety Reminders:

• Residents should be alert and follow the law around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings.
• Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that rail traffic will run on BOTH tracks in BOTH directions.
• Stay off the tracks and never go around crossing gates.
• Failure to follow the law could result in fines, points on your license or loss of life.

High Speed Testing up to speeds of 110 mph

7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 25 through Saturday, January 28

St. Lucie County
• Walton Rd.
• Riverview Dr.

Martin County
• County Line Rd.
• Skyline Dr. (CR 722)
• Pitchford Landing

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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.

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 has launched a new safety website, which includes updated safety content, PSA’s and a virtual pledge.  Check it out here and take the safety pledge.