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Brightline’s 'Bright Blue 2' rolls into Orlando

Bright Blue 2 is pictured rolling into Brightline's Vehicle Maintenance Facility south of Orlando International Airport.
Photo – Brightline


Brightline’s newest trainset, the “Bright Blue 2,” arrived yesterday at Brightline's Vehicle Maintenance Facility located south of Orlando International Airport, marking the first time a Brightline train has arrived in Orlando.

The trainset is a six-car train consisting of two locomotives and four passenger coaches manufactured by Siemens Mobility in Sacramento, California. It’s the second of five new trainsets to arrive in Florida in preparation for the opening of the railroad's extension into Orlando and the future Orlando Brightline Station. Bright Red 2 arrived in Florida from California in October 2021.

The stainless-steel coaches feature components sourced from more than 160 suppliers across the United States. Features include ergonomic seating, enhanced Wi-Fi and multiple touches that “exceed ADA requirements,” Brightline officials said in a press release.

The Orlando extension project is 70% completed and is expected to be finished in late 2022 with passenger service opening in 2023.

"To see Bright Blue 2 drive onto the Vehicle Maintenance Facility site was emotional for all of us represents a monumental moment for Central Florida and for the entire state as we move closer to connecting our state with high-speed passenger rail," said Michael Cegelis, Brightlin's Executive Vice President of development and construction.

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