Brightline is the name of the long-anticipated intercity Florida train -- set to debut in mid-2017 -- that will offer service between Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, according to press reports.
"We are certain Brightline will change how we move around Florida," said Mike Reininger, the president of All Aboard Florida
, the privately owned firm that will build and operate the rail service, during a press conference Monday. He explained that the name was chosen to invoke optimism as well as Florida' sunny weather, and to be suggestive of All Aboard Florida's goal of redefining the passenger-train experience in the United States.
The 235-mile line will be the first privately constructed rail service to open in the United States since 1956. In conjunction with the name unveiling, All Aboard Florida also revealed renderings and details of the train cars they will use, featuring bright tropical colors and a curved front car.