The fast, modernistic Brightline passenger rail line is moving closer to its goal of starting service next year.
A ceremonial cement-pouring took place Friday at the train station rising northwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The rail service is engaged in construction work along the 67-mile initial route connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with stations rising in all three cities.
The first train, consisting of two locomotives and four cars, will be delivered this fall. It will be a frequent sight on the Florida East Coast rail line in Palm Beach County from West Palm Beach south, as the company uses it for testing and training.
On Friday, public officials carved their names in the cement poured for the first of the towering, 140,000-pound V-shaped columns that will frame the Fort Lauderdale station, a 60,000-square-foot structure going up north of Broward Boulevard and west of the central bus terminal.