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Siemens Completes First Train Set for Brightline

Siemens recently completed construction of the first train set for Florida’s Brightline, a privately owned and operated intercity rail system scheduled to enter service next year, at its manufacturing hub in Sacramento, CA.

Prior to the departure of the train set, comprising two locomotives and four coaches, hundreds of Siemens employees gathered to commemorate the completion and say “bon voyage.”  Four additional train sets are under construction.

“Having our first Brightline trainset completed and on its way to Florida is a major accomplishment and brings us one step closer to the introduction of our innovative new train service,” said Michael Reininger, president of Brightline. “Once in Florida, our operations team will begin the required testing as we ready to launch Brightline between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach next summer.”

Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock, said, “Building the first full trainset for Brightline is an extremely exciting milestone, both for future riders in Florida and also for the many professionals who worked hard at our Sacramento manufacturing hub. … We are all extremely proud to see the first one come to life and make it one step closer to ushering in a new era of modern transportation in Florida.”

A team of 1,000 Siemens employees is building the trains, which are 100 percent Buy America compliant. The company will also provide maintenance for the Brightline trains when they are in operation in Florida.

Brightline is scheduled to begin express intercity service connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in mid-2017, with future service to Orlando. Learn more here.

Siemens employees in Sacramento, CA, give a sendoff to the first train set for Brightline intercity rail in Florida.
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