Brightline to open Florida train station in Stuart

STUART, Fla. – A spokesperson for the city of Stuart said that Brightline has decided where it will build its next train stop on Florida’s Treasure Coast. A representative for Brightline told FOX 35 via email on Tuesday that the city manager told Stuart’s leaders on Monday that Brightline had chosen them to build the future train station.

Officially, neither Brightline nor the City of Stuart have talked about the new stop. The spokesperson did say, though, that Stuart City Commissioners and Martin County Commissioners had been invited to the suggested site for an announcement that was likely to happen on March 11. When FOX 35 asked Brightline for a word on Tuesday, they didn’t answer right away.

The Stuart stop would be Florida’s seventh train station. A story from The Associated Press says that it has been planned for a while now. There was St. Lucie County on the table, but Martin County won in the end.

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“Expanding Brightline into the Treasure Coast region will make Brightline one of the most accessible forms of transportation in Florida, giving access to nearly half of the state’s residents,” Brightline CEO Michael Reininger said in an October 2023 statement about the company’s plans to start bidding on the future train station along the Treasure Coast.

Brightline is also looking into a way to link to Tampa. To make train service from Orlando to Tampa longer, Senate Transportation Chair Nick DiCeglie wants land to be set aside along Interstate 4. This was reported by The News Service of Florida. Brightline most recently added an extension to Orlando in September 2023. This made the line go from the City Beautiful to South Florida, which includes Miami.

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