Brightline receives $15.9 million federal grant for Orlando to Tampa route

High-speed rail operator Brightline has received an approximately $15.9 million federal grant to go toward required engineering and environmental studies for its future Orlando to Tampa route.

The funding from the United States Department of Transportation Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant will be matched by up to $15.9 million from Brightline.

Construction of the route linking Orlando International Airport and Tampa is several years away. Brightline plans to build the railway down the median right-of-way of Interstate 4 and other existing transportation corridors.

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Chris Curry is a freelance writer living in Clearwater. Chris spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back home to the Tampa Bay Area. He enjoys our local music scene, great weather, and Florida's wealth of outdoor festivals.