US: Brightline Receives Grant to RAISE Safety Standards

Brightline, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has been awarded a 25 million USD (24.55m EUR) grant from the US Department of Transportation (DoT).

This will be used to enhance safety along the Florida East Coast Railway/Brightline corridor, which covers the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Brevard counties.

Brightline train at a level crossing in Miami
Brightline train at a level crossing in Miami

The funds come from the US DoT’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant programme and will be added to Brightline and the FDOT’s 20m USD investment in enhancing safety.

The project will entail the construction of at least 33 miles of pedestrian protection features and supplemental safety measures at 328 grade crossings.

Work will include rail dynamic envelopes, delineators, raised pavement markers, edge striping, fencing and additional safety signage.

The grant application was supported by a number of congressional officials, with community support from local municipalities, metropolitan planning organisations and the Florida East Coast Railway, which operates freight trains along the corridor.

Patrick Goddard, Brightline President, said:

“We're relentless about safety and are constantly seeking new ways to mitigate the behaviours we’re seeing along the corridor.

“The engineering solutions made possible by the RAISE grant combined with our ongoing education campaign will go a long way in promoting safety.

“This was a state-wide push and we appreciate the Federal Railroad Administration, FDOT, elected officials and local stakeholders who amplified this effort.”

Brightline currently operates between Miami and West Palm Beach, with an extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando scheduled to begin operations next year. Two trains have already been delivered by Siemens for operation on the new line.

Two new stations, in Boca Raton and Aventura, will also open before the end of this year.

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