Design Work Begins For Virgin Train Station at Disney
MickeyBlog.com likes to keep an eye on infrastructure improvements in and around Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And yesterday, we heard tell about an uptick in activity regarding the proposed Virgin Trains station at Walt Disney World.
Beyond The Runaway Railway
Previously we blogged:
And today, via Bizjournals.com, we add:
Virgin Trains USA is making quick progress on its planned stop at Walt Disney World.
The Miami-based intercity rail company’s plans to connect to Orlando and then to Tampa have included a potential stop at Walt Disney World. The two companies entered into a memorandum of understanding in November and now that work is coming to fruition, according to a new monthly revenue and ridership report from Virgin Trains.
Specifically, the two entities kicked off engineering and design work for the proposed project.
An Uptick In Activity
Bizjournals quoted a “monthly revenue and ridership” report (no link), which explained that work on the project had progressed past a memorandum of understanding from November 2019; with the memo stating the rail line would eventually connect Walt Disney World with PortMiami, Tampa, and Orlando.
OBJ said Disney officials were not available to comment on the new report; however, had said previously:
As the top vacation destination and largest single-site employer in the United States, Walt Disney World Resort is an obvious choice for a rail station between Orlando International Airport and Tampa. We have been in conversations with Virgin Trains USA, and, while we have not yet made any definitive commitment, we have mutually agreed to more formally explore developing a train station on our property. Intercity passenger rail will be a boost to the local economy, and we support their investment in the Central Florida region as we continue to grow and expand.” Disney on Proposed Virgin Train Stop
We’ll keep our ear to the train tracks on this one. All aboard!