Choose The Right Rail
The only choice for Central Florida’s communities, business and environment.
Central Florida residents have been eagerly awaiting high-speed rail for years, even decades. The connectivity provided between our local communities and other destinations in Florida could be invaluable. And rail and transportation experts and regulators have twice picked what they believe would be the perfect route for our community.
A Change Nobody Asked For
But Brightline, the private company building the train system, recently submitted an unsolicited and damaging route proposal. After departing the Orlando International Airport, Brightline plans to send the train along an unclear and potentially destructive route next to SR417 running directly to Disney property—instead of along a superior and vetted route to the north that runs alongside SR 528 and Taft-Vineland Road through mostly industrial areas. This new route would carve a path through residential neighborhoods and protected wetlands.
A Better Route for Central Florida
It would also support the 75,000 residents who work in the I-Drive corridor and the 20,000 who work at Orlando International Airport and would connect the rail project to other modes of local public transportation serving our communities.
This route would benefit Central Florida residents by linking our communities and alleviating traffic on our roads. It allows for expansion of SunRail’s connectivity, as SunRail trains will have access to Brightline tracks. It would also travel almost entirely through an industrial corridor, limiting impact on neighborhoods and the environment. This path simply does a better job of bringing our communities together while also connecting I-Drive and Orlando International Airport.
Transportation for All
Brightline is proposing this route for their own reasons and to save themselves money. If we don’t do this the right way, the cost to local businesses, transportation, quality of life, and the environment, cannot be underestimated. We must speak up, come together and let those who have a say know that Central Floridians and the place we call home must come first. We will likely only have one shot in our lifetimes to get public rail done the right way in Central Florida.
The route we are advocating for is the only logical solution.
It will connect not just the airport and Disney property, but all of Central Florida’s communities, to Tampa and Miami while being better for our economy, our residents and our natural resources.
Our cause against Brightline’s proposed route recently received support in the form of a challenge to the Central Florida Expressway Authority’s legal right to give Brightline the right of way along State Road (SR) 417 to build its high-speed rail system.