Bright­line work­ing on the rail­road

Four of five trains are be­ing tested

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff writer TRAINS, 2B

Bright­line has four of its five new trains in South Florida, as the ex­press pas­sen­ger service pre­pares to launch in late sum­mer.

Two new trains, BrightOrange and BrightGreen, ar­rived ear­lier this month from Sacramento to the rail yard in West Palm Beach. BrightBlue ar­rived in Jan­uary, BrightPink fol­lowed in March and BrightRed will com­plete the rain­bow with its sched­uled ar­rival in late June.

“[It’s] very ex­cit­ing, very busy,” said Bright­line CEO David Howard, at the re­cent pre­view of the Fort Laud­erdale train sta­tion.

The West Palm Beach sta­tion is al­most fin­ished, but the Mi­amiCen­tral sta­tion will take a lit­tle longer be­cause it’s a more com­plex project in­volv­ing el­e­vated tracks and links to Tri-Rail in down­town Mi­ami.

BrightBlue and BrightPink — each with two diesel-elec­tric en­gines and four coaches — con­tinue test runs on a 9-mile stretch of track be­tween Okee­chobee Boule­vard in West Palm Beach through Lake Worth and into Lan­tana. Test­ing of the BrightOrange and BrightGreen trains will fol­low.

Engi­neers are check­ing to see how well each train op­er­ates and how the elec­tron­ics

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