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Brightline Resumes 79 MPH Testing in Indian River County "As Soon As" Today, Wednesday February 8

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Marguerite Courtney/© 2016 Marguerite Courtney

Florida - Wednesday February 7, 2023: Brightline resumes 79 mph speed testing of its passenger train in Indian River County "as Soon as" today, Wednesday February 8, according to a release from the passenger rail carrier.

The testing will span railroad crossings through Winter Beach, Gifford and Vero Beach. While the speed testing is underway flaggers will be present at the crossings along that corridor through Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

Brightline is integrating a new second passenger railroad track into the existing east coast freight rail corridor. The work is known as 'signal and track cutover' and involves testing a new rail signal system, as well as speed tests. Once the second track is commissioned, rail traffic could run on both tracks in either direction.

Residents should be alert, follow the law around active railroad tracks, and railroad crossings. Failure to follow the law could result in fines, points on your license, or loss of life.

Safety reminders:

  • Be vigilant around railroad tracks and crossings
  • Stay off the tracks and don’t stop on the tracks
  • Never go around crossing gates
  • Don’t try to beat a train
  • Only cross the tracks at a designated crossing
  • Look, Listen, Live

Indian River County

Continuous Flagging Operations: from 7 a.m., Saturday, February 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 10

Train Testing up to 79 MPH: from 7 a.m., Wednesday, February 8 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 10

Winter Beach

  • 69th St./ N. Winter Beach Rd.
  • 65th St./ S. Winter Beach Rd./ CR 632
  • Hawk’s Nest Golf Course


  • 53rd St.
  • 49th St. / Lindsey Rd.
  • 45th St. / CR 702
  • 43rd St.
  • 41st St. / CR 630

Vero Beach

  • 32nd St. / Aviation Blvd.
    The 32nd St./Aviation Blvd. RR crossing is currently closed for improvement work and detours are in place until 7 p.m., Friday, February 17.