Orlando

View of empty zebra crosswalk at intersection in Orlando, Florida with glass towers in background.

Orlando Pledges to Improve Walkability

A city report highlights successes and failures in building safer transportation infrastructure and reducing VMT in 2023.

March 19, 2024 - Yahoo News

Brightline

Florida High-Speed Rail Doubles Daily Trips

The Miami-to-Orlando Brightline rail is proving so popular that the company will start running 15 daily trips each way.

October 12, 2023 - NBC Miami

Empty, darkened corridor in transit station before opening with Brightline logo in lights on one side

High-Speed Rail To Begin Serving Orlando Next Week

Florida’s Brightline high-speed train will open its station at Orlando International Airport on September 22.

September 14, 2023 - Progressive Railroading

West Palm Beach, Florida

Brightline Opening to Central Florida Delayed

The high-speed rail connection between West Palm Beach and Orlando will not open on time for the holiday weekend as originally planned.

August 30, 2023 - Railway Technology

A Brightline train leaving the Fort Lauderdale Station.

Brightline Completes Higher-Speed Rail Construction in Florida

Florida will soon be home to 170 miles of higher-speed, intercity rail service.

July 5, 2023 - WESH

Brightline

Brightline Unveils New Orlando Train Station; Service Coming in May

Intercity rail service will soon be available between Miami and Orlando.

April 25, 2023 - Click Orlando

A view of the entrance to Walt Disney World reads “Where Dreams Come True.”

Walt Disney World No Longer a Self-Governed Special District

The culture war is determining the powers of special districts in Florida, as exemplified by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signing HB 9-B, thus rescinding a special district created 50 years ago to manage land and infrastructure around Disney World.

March 3, 2023 - Governor Ron DeSantis

Orlando Rail Transit

Orlando Rail Driving Transit-Oriented Development

Central Florida's SunRail commuter train is spurring dozens of transit-oriented housing projects near its stations.

March 29, 2022 - Orlando Business Journal

Brightline

Details of Brightline's High-Speed Rail Extension to Orlando

A Brightline official recently made public comments about the construction progress and the service design of the planned extension of the Brightline high-speed rail system between South Florida and Orlando.

October 12, 2021 - Florida Today

Florida Pedestrians

Earn Rewards for Traveling for by Foot, Bike, Bus, or Train

The city of Orlando is partnering with the Miles app.

May 9, 2021 - Orlando Weekly

Orlando Street

Pedestrian Activity Increased Most Outside of Cities in 2020

The locations with the largest increases of pedestrian activity during the pandemic year are all in Florida.

March 22, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

West Palm Beach, Florida

Deadline for Brightline Plan Comes With Strings Attached

Officials from Brightline recently signed an agreement that dictates terms for the study of an extension of the private rail system between Orlando and Tampa.

March 10, 2021 - Orlando Sentinel

Flying Taxis

Flying Taxis Prepare for Launch in Orlando

If a German-based startup gets its way, Central Florida will be the first region in the United States to fill the skies with flying taxis.

November 15, 2020 - The Architect's Newspaper

Los Angeles Sunset

A New Study Measures Extreme Heat's Human Impact, Flags At-Risk States

Heatwaves are the leading cause of deaths related to weather. A new study seeks to understand the impact of heatwaves and extreme heat exposure on humans and the cities in which they live.

September 6, 2020 - Cities Today

Virgin Trains USA

Virgin Trains USA Not Restarting Service Yet

The closely monitored private rail company says it has no plans to reopen in Florida any time soon, even as the state relaxes its stay-at-home orders and intercity rail in other parts of the country prepares to restart.

May 24, 2020 - Bloomberg

Orlando Street

Lessons From the Most Dangerous Pedestrian Environment in the Country

The city of Orlando, Florida is examined as the worst example of the nation's pedestrian safety crisis.

January 28, 2020 - Curbed

Universal Orlando Resort

Plans Revealed for 'Epic Universe': the Country's First New Theme Park Since 2001

The Universal Epic Universe, proposed for Orlando, Florida, has aspirations as a transit-oriented theme park.

August 7, 2019 - The Next Miami

Virgin Trains USA

Ridership Stagnant, Virgin Trains Prepares to Expand

Depending on your interest and perspective, the lede might be buried here.

August 6, 2019 - Treasure Coast Newspapers

West Palm Beach, Florida

A Big Week for Virgin Trains USA, Formerly Brightline, in Florida

Virgin Trains USA has the funding to start construction on a rail link between Orland and West Palm Beach, and the system has launched its official rebranding under its new ownership.

April 6, 2019 - CBS 12 News

Florida a Dangerous Place for Black Pedestrians

In the state that’s the most deadly for pedestrians, black pedestrians are 72% more likely to be the victims of a car crash than whites.

February 1, 2019 - Florida Courier

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