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This train doesn’t just do wonders for transportation. During the next eight years, it will inject about USD 6.4 billion on Florida’s economy, in addition to creating 30 thousand jobs, with 10 thousand more positions waiting to be filled until its completion, in 2017. The project is also a big step for sustainable transportation. The estimates are that the train will take 3 million cars out of the highways, resulting in significant gas emission reduction. There’s also good news for those who don’t want to leave their pets behind: dogs and cats will be welcome aboard. 

THE TRAINS The trains will make 16 trips a day, in a speed between 127 km and 200 km per hour, making the trip one hour faster than traveling by car and the same lenght as flight between the two cities, including parking, dispatching luggage and boarding. The trains do not reach the 240 km per hour required to be considered “bullet trains”, but they are faster than the average passenger train.

The vehicles are being built in California by Siemens, and – indicative of the name – will each be painted in vibrant colors like red, orange, green, blue, pink, and yellow. The goal is to make travelling fun. Initially, the line will operate four five cars locomotives, with capacity for 240 people each. In the future, the line will have seven locomotives, with ten cars each.

Os trens terão cores vibrantes: vermelho, laranja, verde, azul e rosa, todos liderados pelo amarelo

estrategicamente localizados, perto de outras opções de transporte, facilitando o acesso às estações. A equipe da SOM assina o design das estações do Sul da Flórida, com associação a Zyscovich Architects. As construções já estão em andamento e todas estarão prontas no lançamento. Suffolk Construction é a empresa responsável por Miami, enquanto a Moss & Associates cuida de Fort Lauderdale e West Palm Beach. A estação de Orlando faz parte de um projeto à parte, elaborado pelo aeroporto internacional da cidade. A estação de Miami ficará localizada na NW 1st Ave entre NW 3rd Street e NW 8th Street. Os planos são audaciosos. Serão cerca de 44 mil m² com quatro torres, um prédio comercial, dois residenciais e outro com garagem, supermercado e escritórios.  Os trens passarão acima do chão, em uma espécie de túnel suspenso. Bem abaixo dele, no térreo, a estação de dez mil m² contará com lojas. A maior torre terá 800 metros de altura, com hotel e apartamentos residenciais. 

The trains will offer amenities such as booking options, special seats, reserved onboard seating, free wifi, anatomical chairs and onboard and in-station food options. This, of course, without mentioning the easy local transit connections.

All Aboard Florida, which is in charge of the project, is a private company involved in infrastructure and real estate. The average cost for building the Brightline is USD 3 billion, but since the train is being built with private capital, the chances of considerable revenue are high. As soon as the company starts reaping its profits, more trains will be built.

STATIONS In addition to the trains, Brightline is building four stations in each of the cities. Two stations will connect Miami to Orlando. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach will have two more stops, completing the route. The four stations are strategically located near other transportation options, facilitating access to all stations. SOM’s team is designing the stations in tandem with Zyscovich Architects. Construction is already underway and all stations will be ready at launch time. Suffolk Construction is responsible for the Miami station, while Moss & Associates is taking care of Fort Lauderdale’s and West Palm Beach’s. The Orlando station is part of a separate project, developed by the city’s international airport.

The Miami station will be located on NW 1st Ave NW between 3rd Street and NW 8th Street. The bold enterprise, which covers about 44 thousand square meters, includes four towers, a commercial building and two residential ones, one garage, a supermarket and a couple offices buildings. The trains will run above ground level, inside some kind of suspended tunnel. Far below them, on the ground floor, the 10 thousand m² station will offer many shopping options. The biggest tower, which will stand at 800 meters, will feature a hotel and hundreds of residential apartments.

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