Brightline updates on Orlando rail route

Brightline’s almost there.

The long-awaited rail route from Miami to Orlando is halfway done, according to The Next Miami. The news comes care of the company’s Dec. 11 filing to investors, which reported that the project is being completed within budget and in time to start train service to the tourist destination in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The filing also reported that a rail route between Cocoa and West Palm Beach was about 40% complete and the route between Cocoa and Orlando International Airport was nearly 60%. The projects are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022 and June 2022, respectively.

As SFBW previously reported, Brightline is building stations at PortMiami, Boca Raton and Aventura, and the company is researching sites for station locations in Tampa. All this is part of the company’s phase 2 project, representing an investment of $2.7 billion.

The Next Miami also reports that 2023 will see Brightline’s Miami to Orlando fare be $100 and Miami to West Palm Beach fare be $45.

Below is Brightline’s expected timeline for routes to begin (or resume) service:

  • Miami to West Palm Beach: Third quarter of 2021
  • Aventura: Third quarter of 2021
  • PortMiami: First quarter of 2022
  • Boca Raton: First quarter of 2022
  • Extension to Orlando: Fourth quarter of 2022
  • Station at Disney Springs: Fourth quarter of 2023

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.