Brightline (All Aboard Florida)

Background

Brightline is a privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system brought forward by All Aboard Florida.  All Aboard Florida is part of Florida East Coast Industries, the parent company of operations in real estate, transportation and infrastructure.

Brightline currently provides service connecting Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans currently underway to provide service to Orlando at the South Terminal of Orlando International Airport.

Local governments along the corridor - such as Jupiter - have been working with regional planning councils, elected officials and each other to understand all of the impacts of the project to connect West Palm Beach to Orlando. In addition, Jupiter is advocating that, as the project moves forward, it should only do so in a form that prioritizes public safety and quality of life issues.

Brightline/Virgin Trains Information Session

On Monday, October 14th, 2019 representatives for Brightline/Virgin Trains held an open public information session in the Jupiter Community Center to discuss the upcoming construction of the new railway, impacts, railroad bridge, and potential time frames. A question and answer session was also held. View the video below of that session.

History of Jupiter's Actions and Position on High-Speed Passenger Rail

The Jupiter Town Council has taken several actions and positions with respect to the safety and quality of life concerns raised over Brightline's proposal to continue its project north of West Palm Beach. 

In June, 2015 the Council submitted a letter to the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) regarding the issuance of bonds to fund the All Aboard Florida project. Read it here .  Just prior, on Monday, June 1, 2015 the Council hosted a workshop with All Aboard Florida and the Florida East Coast Railway regarding the plan for a proposed passenger rail service connecting Miami to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

The purpose of the workshop was to have AAF and FEC representatives address questions from the Town Council regarding the proposed project, its design, and how safety and infrastructure concerns are being addressed. The format of this workshop was question and answer between the Jupiter Town Council and representatives from AAF and FEC. Public is welcome; however, there is no public comment section on the workshop agenda.

Town Council prepared and sent a list of questions to AAF for the June 1st workshop.

The Town also provided comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published by the Federal Railroad Administration. Read the letter and view the attachments here.

Resources

Jupiter residents are urged to stay up-to-date on Brightline's proposal, and contact their State and Federal lawmakers with any concerns (click here for government links and resources). In addition, the following links may be helpful to read about and understand more about the AAF proposal.