Brightline Announces the Sunshine Corridor
As the first privately held intercity passenger railroad in the U.S. in nearly 40 years, Brightline is creating a model for offering better train service around the country.
On Tuesday, it announced the Sunshine Corridor, a change in the track alignment from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs. This new alignment, which incorporates a new station at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), serves a busy tourist area and job center anchored by Universal Orlando Resort.
This alignment will connect three of the biggest economic centers in Central Florida with frequent train service. The previous route went south of Orlando, avoiding the crowded tourism area for a more direct route to Disney Springs. The new alignment will likely run either in the middle of I-4 or east of the expressway, meaning the Disney station must be moved. But the plan is to have the new station as close as possible to Walt Disney Resort.