Siemens Mobility delivers new Brightline trains to Florida rail system (by Mark Anderson)

Private passenger train company Brightline Holdings and Siemens Mobility showcased its new modern train sets being built in Sacramento, California, for the Florida market.

Siemens delivered its first train set to Brightline in 2017.

Brightline’s proposition is that it can build “passenger rail on a profitable scale,” said Michael Reininger, CEO of Brightline Holdings. “We are here to do no less than challenge the status quo.”

He said the rail options are more convenient than alternative transportation such as passenger cars and planes, more ecologically sound and safer. He pointed out that Florida, the third-largest state by population, doesn’t have any other intercity passenger train service.

The company has invested $4.5 billion in Florida so far, and its lines are 60% complete. The Southern Florida lines have been up and running since 2017, and Brightline is completing stations farther north including in Aventura, Boca Raton and at Orlando International Airport, expected to be completed next year.

An additional future line will connect Orlando to Walt Disney World Resort and then Tampa.

The train stations feature music, attractive amenities and even their own signature scent.