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Brightline delays start of 110mph train testing in Brevard to next week

todayJuly 27, 2023

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Brightline will begin its next round of high-speed testing in Brevard County, possibly as early as Monday, and it will last for a week.

Originally, testing had been scheduled to start on Friday.

The trains will run 110 mph from Cocoa to Micco every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This week of testing is among the last tests underway to prepare for Brightline’s opening in Orlando.

The 110-mph high-speed testing will take place on approximately 41-miles of track, and involve multiple railroad crossings through Cocoa, Rockledge, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Malabar, Grant-Valkaria and Micco.

Officials urged people to be extra vigilant around railroad crossings and to look out for flaggers as soon as Monday. They also want to remind people that drivers and pedestrians could face a $200 fine and three points on their license if someone tries to go around the crossing gates.

Brightline is reminding drivers of important testing details to be aware of:

  • Additional wait times are expected at railroad crossings in the testing corridor.
  • Flaggers will be present at railroad crossings where ACTIVE testing is taking place and where

    trains will travel between 79 and 110 mph.
  • Brightline is working closely with local law enforcement agencies that will be present throughout

    the corridor.

Brightline has also made safety improvements to all 156 railroad crossings along its 129-mile corridor between Cocoa and West Palm Beach, including new crossing gates, signal systems, pedestrian gates, pavement markings and roadway profiles. The crossing areas where trains will travel above 79 mph have quad gates or medians to prevent motorists from driving around the lowered crossing gates.

Important Safety Reminders:

  • Residents should be alert and follow the law around active railroad tracks and railroad crossings.
  • Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that rail traffic will run on BOTH tracks in BOTH

  • Stay off the tracks and never go around crossing gates.
  • Only cross the railroad at a designated crossing.
  • Never stop on the tracks.
  • Failure to follow the law could result in fines, points on your license or loss of life.

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