JAN. 16, 2022 | TREASURE COAST–Starting Tuesday, Jan. 18 Brightline will begin running qualifying trains between West Palm Beach and Cocoa. The trains will be an opportunity for locomotive engineers and train conductors to learn the tracks and territory along a 130-mile stretch of the corridor. The trains will not carry passengers.
Tuesday, Jan. 18:
West Palm Beach departure 7 a.m. to Micco (Brevard County) – duration approx. 3 hours
The train will then return to West Palm Beach.
Weekdays beginning Wednesday, Jan. 19:
West Palm Beach departure 7 a.m. to Cocoa/Frontenac (Brevard County) – duration approx. 4 hours
The train then returns to West Palm Beach.
Schedule tentative and subject to change.
Qualifying trains will operate one round trip a day and are expected to occur daily through 2022. Qualifying
runs are the federally approved approach to familiarize certified engineers and conductors with new rail
territory. Operating a train requires engineers and conductors to be intimately familiar with the rail corridor,
including road crossings, signals, curves and speed restrictions. During qualifying runs, Brightline train crews
will work with a manager already qualified on the territory, who will provide oversight and instruction.
Brightline anticipates carrying passengers beginning in early 2023.