All Aboard Florida is an innovative, new concept in railroads and it’s coming to us here in south Florida! The All Aboard Florida system is a private, high-speed train set up to run along the east coast of Florida from Miami to Orlando. The train will complete its trip from Miami to Orlando in less than three hours and will have stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
One of the leaders in development is former Disney executive, Donald C. Robinson. The former exec ran hotel operations for all of Disney Orlando Resorts as well as contributed to the Hong Kong and Paris Disney locations. Robinson is spearheading the project with development the operational functions for the project and purchasing the trains. Land for the stations has been purchased at Datura Street and Evernia Street in downtown West Palm Beach. The trains are due to be up and running in 2015.
This train will bring great relief to traffic and transportation in south Florida. Every year more than 50 million people make trips between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm and Orlando. Imagine if you were able to avoid traffic on the highway and rest comfortably on the high-speed train. All Aboard Florida representatives state their trains will, “provide travelers with an escape to ever increasing highway congestion and costly delays.” Not only will this service benefit the travelers but also it will positively impact our economy. Some of the impact we are expecting to see almost 6,000 jobs provided for construction, 400 permanent jobs for rail operations and countless temporary jobs surrounding the transit oriented development.
Facts about the train:
- Schedule: Travel times are going to be scheduled throughout the day with departures leaving from early morning into the evening.
- Speed: You will make a trip from downtown Miami to Orlando in less than three hours.
- Stations: Route stations will be in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando and will provide transportation throughout all of these destinations as well as to the International Airports at each stop.
- Amenities: The trains will deliver exceptional services to its passengers including gourmet meals, reserved business and economy seating and Wi-Fi.
The plans are completely set for south-eastern Florida (from Miami to Orlando) and eventually the rail will expand itself north, up to Jacksonville and over to the west coast to Tampa.
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