Train to the Sunshine: Florida's High-Speed Rail Revolution

Brightline connects Miami & Orlando, making it profitable and seeing ridership increase.

 125-mph trains saved passengers 1-2 hours compared to driving.

 Private company built it quickly on existing infrastructure.

Next project: LA-Vegas, $12 billion, trains exceeding 200 mph.

US bipartisan bill allocated $66 billion for rail projects.

Experts: High-speed rail connects cities 150–400 miles apart and needs public funding.

Amtrak: fastest US trains lag behind Europe, but move 100,000 people daily.

Amtrak's long-term plan: add higher-speed corridors nationwide by 2035.

Public needs to see success before getting excited about new routes.

It's not just about distance; it's about avoiding traffic congestion.