Brightline Testing to Begin This Week
MIAMI (October 14, 2021) – Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly high-speed rail in America, will be testing its full operating train schedule between West Palm Beach and Miami starting this week as it gears up to return to service this November. The public will continue to see increased train traffic on the rail corridor as Brightline nears its relaunch date. Prior to the restart of operations, Brightline is implementing additional safety measures, including the temporary installation of Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) at high trafficked crossings and the deployment of safety ambassadors throughout the community.
Brightline trains will operate at FRA-approved and authorized top speeds of 79 miles per hour along the entire 67-mile corridor. In light of this, Brightline is reminding the public, pedestrians, motorists and cyclists to make safe choices around trains and crossings. The safety message is simple: look, listen, live. Drivers and pedestrians should obey all traffic laws around crossings and never stop on the tracks. Pedestrians should remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a designated railroad crossing.
Key safety tips from Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about rail safety:
Trains will be adhering to quiet zones throughout testing and will not sound horns in designated areas unless there is construction occurring or an emergency situation.
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