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Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station “Topping Out”

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High-speed-rail supporters marked a milestone at the site of Fort Lauderdale’s Brightline train station Friday, while opponents were waiting for a federal judge to derail financing plans for the Miami-to-Orlando express passenger service.

But the Sun-Sentinel reported that the counties’ effort to stop Phase II of the project from Cocoa to Orlando did not faze Brightline President Michael Reininger.

“We are absolutely as confident today as the day we started this project that we’re going to deliver service connecting Central Florida to Southeast Florida,” he said at the event.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler agreed.  He told the Sun-Sentinel he “hopes Brightline will draw visitors from Orlando….he’s confident a lawsuit won’t stop that.”

“This is a two-way street,” he told the paper at the event. “I think there’s an opportunity for the tourism industry to benefit both in Central Florida and in South Florida.”

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