(PRESS RELEASE)_Miami, Fla. (August 18, 2023) – Today, Brightline and the Florida East Coast Railway announced the launch of the St. Lucie Bridge Schedule App and Website for mariners. The tech platforms communicate real-time schedule information providing the community with predictability and reliability of bridge openings. To download the bridge app, search for “Bridge Schedule” in the Apple and Android app stores or visit http://www.bridgeschedule.com/. The app and website went live in coordination with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) temporary deviation on August 15.
In addition to the bridge app and website, Brightline installed variable message signs on each side of the bridge, which are interconnected to the railroad signal system. The signs display a countdown to each bridge closure and opening. Brightline also recently constructed a bridge monitor house, and a bridge monitor is located on site between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day. The bridge monitor is the main point of contact for daily waterway usage and can be reached via VHF Channel 9 or by phone at 772-403-1005.
The companies hired a Manager of Waterway Communications who will liase directly with the marine communities in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. The Manager of Waterway Communications is a USCG-licensed captain and is based in South Florida.
Brightline and the Florida East Coast Railway have been working with local stakeholders on the development of these measures. One of the top requests from marine users has been greater predictability of the railway bridge’s operations. The app and website provide forecasts as well as real-time updates for the bridge so users can plan their trip along the waterway, knowing when the bridge will be open and closed.
The bridge app and website already include closure information for the New River Bridge in Fort Lauderdale.
Brightline and the Florida East Coast Railway have partnered on these notification measures and worked closely with the USCG and area stakeholders on a new temporary deviation that will guarantee mariners more than 50 percent access to the waterway.
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