Brightline, the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the U.S., has launched two new resources for mariners interested in the operations of the New River railroad bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A mobile app and website now give mariners access to the latest bridge operating plan for passenger trains, which is updated in real time.
The company, which has been working closely with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to maintain the navigability of the waterway, has rehabilitated the bridge and worked with the Florida East Coast Railway to reinstate bridge monitors. Brightline also planned its schedule to facilitate only one closing per hour for passenger trains, as the northbound and southbound trains pass during the same “down” cycle.
The New River Bridge app can be downloaded on both Android and Apple phones, and the bridge schedule can also be found online at nrbinfo.com.
These resources are currently only for the movement of Brightline’s passenger trains. Fro bridge movements related to freight trains, mariners are encouraged to hail the bridge tender by phone at 305-889-5572 or on VHF Channel 9.