SEE: Brightline high-speed train arrives at new OIA station for the first time

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time, Brightline drove one of its trains into the new station at Orlando International Airport.

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While there were no passengers on board this time, it was an important step toward bringing passengers into the airport.

The team has been working on the project for the last four years. The high-speed train that’s already been running in South Florida is set to bring passengers from West Palm Beach through Brevard County and across to OIA sometime next year.

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The train, named Bright Blue 2, has been in Orlando since February. It was brought in from the Vehicle Maintenance Facility just south of the airport.

Having the train in the station and at the platform gave workers a chance to run tests and take measurements as they prepare to see the $2.7 billion project come to life with passengers on board in 2023.

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The project in Orlando is about 80% complete. The next phase involves working out the rout and connections from Orlando to Tampa.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.