Those who are going to visit the sunny state of Florida will now be able to save time and money by becoming passengers of a new type of transport. Brightline high-speed trains have just officially launched here, which should be an alternative to federal highways. They will remove up to 3 million vehicles from the state's roads and eliminate the problem of traffic jams.
The investment in the project is $ 3 billion, and in order to recoup it within an acceptable time frame, All Aboard Florida set a ticket price of $ 16. This is for a trip from Miami to West Palm Beach, along a common route, which, in conditions of traffic jams, is overcome by car in 5 hours. By train, with speeds of 70-200 km / h - no more than 2 hours on the way.
Passengers are provided with a service that is already familiar to European and Asian travelers. Soft leather seats, free Wi-Fi, panoramic windows, minimum noise and dirt due to the use of new, environmentally friendly diesel locomotives. Again, compared to cars.
Initially, high-speed trains will run between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, and will be extended to Orlando and downtown Miami next year. In parallel with the trains themselves, private investors want to invest in the development of infrastructure along the railway. And who knows, maybe the United States is again waiting for a boom in passenger rail transportation, like in the middle of the last century?