US First look: New Florida passenger train unveiled

09:36  12 january  2017
09:36  12 january  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn. Photo tour: Florida 's first Brightline train . Fullscreen. Post to Facebook. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Brightline president Mike Reininger introduces the first of five Brightline trains that will offer high-speed service between Miami and Orlando at the company’s operations facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 11, 2017. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY. Fullscreen.

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Brightline’s “BrightBlue” includes four passenger coaches and two locomotives, one on each end so that the train never has to turn around when it reaches its final destinations in Orlando and Miami. © Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Brightline’s “BrightBlue” includes four passenger coaches and two locomotives, one on each end so that the train never has to turn around when it reaches its final destinations in Orlando and Miami.

WEST PALM BEACH — After years of failed attempts to bring higher-speed rail service to the Sunshine State, officials with Brightline relished a historic moment Wednesday, showing off the first train set delivered to their operations center in this South Florida city.

The two locomotives and four passenger coaches, collectively dubbed "BrightBlue," arrived in West Palm Beach last month and were put on public display for the first time Wednesday. The set will soon be followed by four more - BrightOrange, BrightPink, BrightRed and BrightGreen - with the hopes of starting regular service by this summer.

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FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn. Inside the Siemens train factory where Brightline is being built. Fullscreen. Post to Facebook. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Michael Reininger, the president of Florida -based Brightline, stands in the company's under-construction locomotive at the Siemens Mobility plant in Sacramento. This is the first of 10 locomotives ordered by Brightline to serve its passengers on a private system connecting Orlando with Miami. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY. Fullscreen.

We look forward to seeing you on [website] frequently. Visit us and sign in to update your profile, receive the latest news and keep up to date with mobile alerts. Click here to return to the page you were visiting. Create a new password. Don't worry, it happens. “We have to find our way, mostly on our own.” On Tuesday, Reininger unveiled Brightline’s locomotives and passenger cars to reporters. The trains are being built by Siemens AG, the German manufacturing giant.

If all goes according to plan, it will be the first privately run and operated rail service launched in the United States in over 100 years. And for passengers, it will mark the culmination of years of efforts to create a higher-speed rail option between the tourist havens of Orlando and Miami.

Brightline president Mike Reininger said he expects about 3 million passengers a year in the first phase of operations, which will run between stations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. By the time rail lines and stations are completed to Orlando, possibly by 2018, Reininger said they hope to lure up to 5.5 million passengers per year.

Reininger is keeping quiet for now about the expected price of each trip. But he said it will be comparable to the cost of driving and said they expect to generate enough revenue to expand service elsewhere.

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"This is the starting line, not the finish line, for sure," he said. "We’re introducing a disruptive sort of product. We’ve learned so much about how to deliver this kind of a transportation service profitably with private sector investment dollars that there has to be other places in the country, and other places in Florida, where we can expand this to."

During a media tour Wednesday, officials from Brightline and Siemens, the California company that built the cars, showed off the new train set and the operations facility where they will be serviced.

The two locomotives feature 16-cylinder, 4,000 horsepower engines that will both be running when the train is moving. Russ Harvey of Siemens said local laws limit the train's speed to 79 mph throughout the heavily-populated South Florida region. Once it gets a bit farther north on its way to Orlando, it can kick it up to 125 mph. And, if it were allowed, Harvey said it could go even faster.

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"It can go 125 mph not even at full throttle," Harvey said with a grin.

The passenger coaches look far different from those of Amtrak or other passenger trains, with wide aisles and far more space in each seat.

The 32-inch wide aisles allow wheelchairs and strollers to easily pass through. The seats - 19 inches wide in the standard "Smart" coaches, 21 inches wide in the higher-end "Select" coach - are designed to recline in a way that doesn't interfere with passengers seated behind. All rows have power outlets, and tables include pop-up charging stations with power outlets and USB connections.

Each car has a large storage area that holds bicycles and larger bags. And each bathroom is designed to be completely hands-free, including doors, faucets and toilets that all operate with the wave of a hand.

Reininger said the Wi-Fi service on the train will be "continuous, powerful and free." And he said the trains will introduce a new concept - train stations built at the same level of the passenger coaches, meaning people won't have to climb up and down stairs to board.

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The BrightBlue train set was pulled 3,000 miles from the Siemens factory in Sacramento, Calif., to the operations facility in West Palm Beach. That means the first test runs will start next week, with officials placing 40-pound bags of sand on each of the train's 240 seats to begin testing how it runs with passengers aboard.

After that, they expect to receive another train set per month, ending up with five sets that will begin operations this summer.

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