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As high-speed rail use increases in Florida, service from Tampa to Orlando is becoming closer to reality.

Brightline is managing the rail project from Miami to Orlando. So far, Miami to West Palm Beach is available and running. Construction continues to a station at the South Terminal at Orlando International Airport. That’s expected to near completion in 2022. A connection to Walt Disney World is also in the plans. Now, the path to Tampa.

The latest news comes from Polk County, which covers a large segment of the trip from Orlando to Tampa. County Commissioners are supporting plans for high-speed rail service.

Commissioners are seeing that it’s already a viable method of travel. The Miami to West Palm Beach segment is running and the path to Orlando is happening. It would be an alternative to I-4.

Brightline Rail Interior

Passengers enjoy the Brightline passenger train’s trip from Miami to West Palm Beach.
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Brightline website shows their high-speed rail’s top speed is 125 mph.

The Polk County commissioners unanimously voted to support Brightline’s plans to expand from Orlando to Tampa. A station along the way may also be in the plans.

Meetings between Brightline and Polk County will continue in December.

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