Contact: Bob Kamm
All Aboard Florida is developing an express train service, called Brightline, that will provide direct intercity travel beginning in 2017 between Miami and Orlando International Airport, one of the most populous and visited regions in the United States. The train will run through part of Brevard County using the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, and connect on new track along State Road 528 between Cocoa and Orlando. Current plans do not include a station in Brevard County.
The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) identified this as an opportunity to advance the County’s public transportation vision, as described in the TPO’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and 2016 Strategic Plan, and support the region’s economy and tourism industries. TPO staff encouraged All Aboard Florida (AAF) to add a Brightline station in Brevard County, which AAF declined to do at least during the initial phase of Brightline development. In December, 2014 the SCTPO and the Canaveral Port Authority agreed to undertake a study to identify a potential station location that would be supported by the various stakeholders in Brevard County. The locations have been submitted to All Aboard Florida for consideration and can be reviewed in the report below.