All Aboard’s Brightline to hold “Topping Out” ceremony at West Palm station site

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will hold a “Topping Out” ceremony on Sept. 30 at the site of the company’s passenger station in downtown West Palm Beach — an event that signifies work on the project has reached its top elevation.

Construction continues on the All Aboard Florida train station on the Florida East Coast Railway in downtown West Palm Beach on September 6, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Construction continues on the All Aboard Florida train station on the Florida East Coast Railway in downtown West Palm Beach on September 6, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The ceremony is another milestone for the station — which is set to open next year when Brightline begins carrying passengers between Miami and West Palm Beach.

A similar ceremony was held at the company’s station in downtown Ft. Lauderdale this morning. The company said the milestone marked the “completion of the station structure and a shift of focus toward interior outfitting and finish efforts.”

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“The topping out of our Fort Lauderdale station marks another important milestone in the development of our Brightline train service,” Brightline’s president Mike Reininger said. “More than 65 percent of the work has been completed on the entire system between Miami and West Palm Beach, and our team is expanding each week as we look forward to launching service in less than a year.”

Brightline plans to run 32 trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The company plans to launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in mid-2017. Service will later be expanded be between West Palm Beach and Orlando.