A New Brightline Station in Florida

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This week we learned where the next Brightline station in Florida will be constructed. In October, Brightline launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new station located in the Treasure Coast. It was reported that five proposals were submitted, including applications from the city of Stuart, two locations in Fort Pierce, and another two proposals that weren’t revealed. 

On Tuesday, officials from the city of Stuart announced that their proposal was selected. Brightline has yet to make a statement on their selection, but an official announcement is expected on March 11.

“The information has been relayed to us (that) we have been given a station. It’s a great opportunity. There are very few issues where there is broad bipartisan support and this was one of them. There is a lot of excitement,” said Vice Mayor Campbell Rich of the City of Stuart.

A station serving the Treasure Coast has been in the works for awhile. A previous settlement agreement between Brightline and Martin County obliged Brightline to build a station in Martin or St. Lucie counties within five years of launching service to Orlando. Brightline previously said that construction would start in 2026 and open two years later, but Stuart officials are confident that construction will begin much sooner than that. 

Brightline is raising the bar for what many Americans expect from train service, and it’s exciting to see them continue to expand their trains to reach more people. You can read more about what made Brightline successful and their plans for high-speed rail service from Las Vegas to Southern California.

Read More:

Stuart Says It’s Getting a New Brightline Station, Calls It a ‘Huge Potential Boon’ (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Stuart City Officials Say They’ve Been Selected for a New Brightline Station

Brightline Picks Location for a Treasure Coast Station (TCPalm)

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