All Aboard Florida’s first Brightline train began testing this afternoon along a 9-mile stretch of track just south of downtown West Palm Beach.
The company’s “BrightBlue” train, a moniker based on the blue strips down the side of its cars, started rolling through West Palm Beach around 3 p.m. — creeping slowing along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks as it paused at railroad intersections.
The testing is expected to continue for several weeks. The company has said the testing is expected to start in the morning and end in the early evening.
The train is expected to stop periodically between intersections where the road crosses the track, but Brightline officials said they don’t expect the testing to cause any traffic delays.
The effort will include a series of tests required by the Federal Railroad Administration before passengers can ride in the train’s four cars.
Brightline has stockpiled 45,000 pounds of sand at its rail repair facility. The company plans to use the sand, which is divided in 40-pound sandbags, to simulate the weight of passengers in the train’s seat.