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    We were at a big media event at Orlando Airport yesterday to mark the phase 2 groundbreaking for the full high-speed rail link from Orlando to Miami. Phase 1 opened last year, from West Palm Beach to Miami, but the longest section (all 170 miles of it, from Orlando to West Palm Beach) has yet to get under way. Now, under the name of Virgin Trains USA (the newly rebranded company, with backing from Sir Richard Branson himself) the next, big, phase is under way, for completion in 2022 (the same time as the opening of MCO's new South Terminal). We are currently writing a story for the Telegraph about it,. and will post the link in due course. In the meantime, here's the current look of things:




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    This will be a game-changer.

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    That whole site, with the new terminal, will be a huge addition and will increase travel options. Will the line extension from Palm Beach include intermediary stops? If so that could open up a number of destination options when flying into Orlando, including presumably access to the cruise ports in Fort Lauderdale and Miami?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggers Friend View Post
    Will the line extension from Palm Beach include intermediary stops?
    There are no stop as of yet. They're in negotiations, and it's possible there will be at least one stop, but nothing confirmed.

    The cruise ports are already going to be stops.











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    Mmmm Virgin trains, shame they cant run a railway over here. Id be careful in linking up with them. They had the name over here but most of East coast line was really owned by Stagecoach 90% and Virgin 10% (really just using a name).All fell apart, overbid, overpromised and failed to deliver leaving taxpayer to pick up pieces. Stagecoach and its founders, interesting reputation. Guess they are trying at your side see if it goes as well as it did in the UK. Seems to be same formula, mainly owned by Fortress investment group and Sir Richard with minority stake lending branding rights.

    Idea is good though.
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    Virgin are basically taking a small stake in the original company (Brightline) and allowing a 20-year licensing agreement with the American company to use their marketing leverage, which is probably very smart (and hugely synergistic with Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Hotels and the forthcoming new Virgin Voyages based in Miami). The day-to-day expertise will still effectively be Brightline, albeit in Virgin colours.

    The first part of the line, West Palm Beach to Miami, with a station at Fort Lauderdale, is getting some really good reviews from those who have used it, but the acid test will be the opening of the full Orlando-Miami section (and then Orlando-Tampa, which is already being negotiated).

    As Deb says, it is potentially a game-changer as it could open up Miami to a much bigger audience on day-trips from Orlando, and for the cruise business at both Miami and Fort Lauderdale, while Palm Beach is also an intriguing day out from Orlando. Lots to look forward to (especially as Orlando Airport will be an easy-access hub for it all).

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    Our Telegraph story is now online, on this link:

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...ilway-florida/

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