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Florida fast train to connect Miami cruise port with Orlando

The new line is scheduled to open in 2022. Tampa could be next.
FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. Branson has taken as he’s gone from owning the Virgin record label to planning space flights have been an inspiration for Elizabeth Babinski in her wedding business. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) [LYNNE SLADKY | AP]
Published Oct. 30

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's new high speed rail system is building a station at PortMiami, giving theme park tourists the opportunity for a car-free vacation by connecting them to the cruise capital of the world.

Brightline said Tuesday it will build a station at PortMiami by 2020. The rail will ultimately connect a crucial 170-mile (275-kilometer) stretch from West Palm Beach to Orlando and its theme parks. It's scheduled to open in 2022. From Orlando, the company hopes to eventually expand to Tampa and Jacksonville.

PortMiami is home to 22 cruise lines. Last year, it served more than 5 million travelers, more cruise passengers than any other port in the world.

The rail, which will soon be known as Virgin Train, is also looking at additional stations in Boca Raton and Aventura.

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