JAN. 10, 2022 | TREASURE COAST–Starting Jan. 17, Brightline will begin running qualifying trains through the Treasure Coast beginning in West Palm Beach to Cocoa.
The trains give locomotive engineers and train conductors time to learn the tracks and territory along a 130-mile stretch of the corridor. The trains won’t carry passengers during this time.
The 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 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 trains will be operating at freight speeds, with maximum speeds of 60 mph and are required to blow the horn as they approach at-grade crossings.