Brightline receives final environmental approval from USDOT

File photo of Brightline trains.

The U.S. Department of Transportation ‘s (USDOT) railroad administration signed off on the Brightline Project’s environmental impact study.

This moves the All Aboard Florida/Brightline project closer to realizing a Miami to Orlando line, which includes stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

A release from Brightline called it a “major milestone.”

“This is the most critical and final step in the extension of Brightline’s service to Orlando, and we are excited to move forward with Phase 2,” said Dave Howard, Brightline’s CEO said in a statement.

USDOT signed a Record of Decision (ROD) today that ended the environmental review process and also selected an option, Alternative E, which will see the rail extend through Orlando International Airport to Florida State Route 528.

Additionally, rail alignments and use of existing Florida East Coast Railway right of way from Cocoa Beach to West Palm Beach were part of that selection.

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