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11/24/2020



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Brightline, Disney agree to build train station in Orlando


The new station is intended to provide a convenient travel option between Walt Disney World Resort and Brightline stations at Orlando International Airport, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
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Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort yesterday announced they've entered into an agreement to build a train station at the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex in Orlando, Florida.

The new station is intended to provide a convenient travel option between Walt Disney World Resort and Brightline stations at Orlando International Airport, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, as well as planned stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and Port Miami, Brightline officials said in a press release.

Brightline's expansion from West Palm Beach to the Orlando airport is on track to be completed in 2022. The agreement with Disney World is conditioned on Brightline meeting certain obligations, including obtaining all necessary government approvals.

The proposed station would include a lobby on the ground level, passenger facilities and an upper level train platform. The proposed location would be close to Walt Disney World's four theme parks, two water parks and more than 25 hotels, officials said.

"Our mission has always been to connect our guests to the people and places that matter, and Walt Disney World Resort is a tremendous example of this," said Brightline President Patrick Goddard.

In 2018, Brightline was awarded the right to execute lease agreements with the Florida Department of Transportation and Central Florida Expressway Authority to connect Orlando International and Tampa. In February, Brightline began engineering and design work for the proposed project.



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