The return of private intercity passenger rail

A new train service between Miami and Orlando may become a model for the rest of the country

 A rendering of All Aboard Florida's Miami Station. (All Aboard Florida)

A rendering of All Aboard Florida's Miami Station. (All Aboard Florida)

According to an article in The Atlantic, it has been 30 years since a private intercity passenger rail has operated in the United States — and it has been even longer since a new private service was introduced.

Beginning in 2016, All Aboard Florida will run 32 departures a day between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, with service extending to Orlando.

In South Florida, around the three initial stations, the company will develop 4.2 million square feet of real estate. In Orlando, the terminus will be located at the airport and connect to a new commuter rail line at a sparkling, state-funded $215 million transportation hub.