The local press has been filled with news about Brightline. Brightline is the only privately owned, and operated passenger rail system in the United States. Currently, Brightline provides high-speed train service along Florida’s southeast coast connecting Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. With plans to extend service to Orlando, the company is considering locating a station near us. Brightline could be a boon for the Treasure Coast.
The trains are called high-speed for a reason. A trip from Miami to Orlando takes only 2 hours. Think how much faster that trip—in either direction—will be from the Treasure Coast.
“I am so excited about the possibility of fast, convenient rail service to Orlando, West Palm Beach and Miami,” said Debi Jensen, broker/owner of Century 21 All Professional, “It would be great for people, like me, who often travel to those areas for work. But it’s also wonderful for Treasure Coast residents who want to have a weekend of fun in Orlando or Miami.”
Tourist Trade on Treasure Coast Would Benefit
Passenger rail service that stops on the Treasure Coast could be benefit tourism, too. According to this article in TCPalm, when Brightline adds a station, real estate developments—hotels, restaurants, are also clustered in the area.
Brightline asked the communities of Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Sebastian and Vero Beach for proposals of where a station could be located. Ft. Pierce was enthusiastic from the get-go. The City has identified a 7-acre site which could accommodate the station, a hotel and retail. Sebastian said they don’t’ have an appropriate site. Stuart and Vero Beach have been vehemently opposed high-speed rail coming through their cities. But just last week, Stuart decided to get in on the action and are proposing a site.
Will the Treasure Coast become a regional destination thanks to high-speed rail? It’s wait and see time.
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