Virgin/Brightline Expansion - Tampa

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Re: Virgin/Brightline Expansion - Tampa

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:28 am

https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/ne ... theme.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Brightline exec says there will 'likely' be a theme park station on Orlando-to-Tampa route
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“On our way to Tampa we will likely have a station somewhere around theme parks in Orlando and we think that’s going to be a great thing for our partnership with the Tampa airport," Bob O'Malley, Brightline’s vice president of governmental affairs, said during the Synapse Summit on Jan. 23.

Which Orlando-area theme park was not named; however, in Brightline's bid to the Florida Department of Transportation, it had suggested Brightline may have a connection to Central Florida's commuter rail SunRail as well as a potential stop in Lakeland, and in a previous document it had revealed possible plans for a stop at Disney World.
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However, Brightline was looking at connecting to the SunRail Meadow Woods station, which would provide easy access to Osceola County.
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Brightline anticipates commencing passenger rail operations for the Tampa expansion in 2021 and that the Tampa route, being served with Virgin trains, would only be an hourlong travel time period for passengers. A one-way ticket will cost $35 for the Orlando-to-Tampa route.
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Next stop, Willoughby
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Re: Virgin/Brightline Expansion - Tampa

Post by Arlington » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:29 pm

Does bright-line already have a route to Tampa airport (as this seems to imply)?

Recent statements seem to be saying we need to find a location in downtown Tampa so that we can make money from real estate not just be the TPA to Disney shuttle.
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Re: Virgin/Brightline Expansion - Tampa

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:35 am

https://www.clickorlando.com/travel/vir ... in-orlando

Pretty map in link lol:
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Share said the end goal is to connect Orlando to Tampa, calling it phase three of the project.

During his presentation, Share said Virgin Trains is considering a couple alignments for phase three.

he first alignment runs north of the airport along SR 528 past the Orange County Convention Center, and then connects to Interstate 4. Share said this plan would cost the company up to $600 million in additional infrastructure costs.

"It does not pencil out for us if we go north," Share said.

Instead, Share said the preferred route is to go south of the airport, connect at the SunRail Meadow Woods station, then follow the State Riad 417 corridor with a stop in the Disney area to I-4.
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