Brand new Brightline trains unveiled

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USA: Country’s only privately funded express passenger rail system, connecting Orlando International Airport with Miami, Brightline has unveiled the future trains, manufactured at Siemens facility in Sacramento, California.

“With Brightline, we are reimagining what it means to travel by train in America and have taken a thoughtful and innovative approach to how we designed our trains. From the comfort of our custom-designed seats to the convenience of smartly-designed bathrooms, we have carefully and deliberately focused on the details that matter,” said Michael Reininger, president of Brightline. “We are working closely with Siemens through all stages of the manufacturing process and are incredibly proud to see these spectacular trains coming together.”

“We’re proud to be building these advanced technology Brightline locomotives and passenger coaches in America, for America, while providing highly-skilled jobs throughout our nearly 1,000 person Sacramento manufacturing plant,” said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock. “This is a significant milestone for our manufacturing plant, for future Brightline riders that will soon experience a new era of transportation in Florida, and for the nation to see higher-speed rail systems continue to become a reality.”

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Brightline trains are built as integrated trainsets, comprised of two locomotives and four high quality stainless steel passenger cars.

Brightline is the first fully accessible train, featuring level boarding, utilizing retractable platforms that are integrated into the train car door systems. Prior to the doors opening, the platforms will extend up to 12 inches from the train and pivot to create a flush surface for passengers to cross, making it easy for those with mobility challenges, pushing strollers or luggage to board Brightline.

Once onboard, guests will find Brightline aisles are 32 inches, wider than any other train, providing ample space for wheelchairs and strollers to easily glide throughout the coach with access to all areas, including the restrooms. Interior vestibule doors will also slide open and close automatically.

Custom-designed, ergonomic leather seats are up to 21 inches wide with in-seat recline and are spaced to provide ample leg room. Corresponding tables feature individual retractable trays for holding drinks and devices. Power outlets including USB connections are built into seats (both under the armrests and in the seat pedestals) and in tables (pop-up style units). Large windows have been designed and aligned with all seats to offer unobstructed scenic views.

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Brightline will offer a range of different seating arrangements in two product offerings: Smart and Select. With both options, riders will be able to reserve specific seats when booking tickets through Brightline’s mobile application, website or station kiosks. Seats will be offered as single or doubles, along with quad arrangements where double seats face each other with a table in between. Riders will also be able to add additional items such as parking and ground transportation.

Each coach will also include a spacious restroom.

The first completed trainset is expected to be delivered to Brightline later this year. Brightline is scheduled to begin service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach beginning in mid-2017.

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