Brightline, the ambitious rail service, has made headlines with its recent land acquisition in Titusville and planned housing development in Cocoa, fueling speculation about its future trajectory in Brevard County.
Despite swirling rumors regarding potential train stops in Cocoa and Melbourne, Brightline's strategic land purchases seem to hint at its expansion plans in the region. However, current projections appear to downplay the possibility of a Titusville train stop, aligned with the company’s existing blueprints. The chances of a Cocoa stop remain in the realm of discussion, with no official confirmation yet.
The Space Coast Planning and Transportation Organization, in a 2016 report, suggested a northward expansion of the rail service towards Jacksonville could be viable, with the most likely candidate for a transfer station being the junction in north Cocoa, situated conveniently at the intersection of the north-south and east-west routes.
The final decisions on the potential new stops in Brevard County will largely hinge on ridership patterns, especially after the realization of the Tampa-Orlando-South Florida rail links.
In addition to land acquisition, Brightline has also embarked on a residential development project in Cocoa. This strategic move isn't only a clever real estate maneuver but also addresses the company’s need for fill material for its railway track construction between Brevard and Orange counties.
Overcoming local regulations in Cocoa prohibiting borrow pits—sites where construction materials are excavated—Brightline has innovatively ensured the necessary fill by sculpting a subdivision around a manmade lake. This lake doesn't only bolster the neighborhood's aesthetic appeal but also furnishes the vital fill material required for railroad construction.
Recently, Brightline received a green light from the Board of Brevard County Commissioners to construct an access road linking the emerging neighborhood with Grissom Road. The planned subdivision is slated to house approximately 350 single-family homes, enhancing Cocoa's residential landscape.
Brightline’s upcoming residential venture will feature homes averaging 1,800 square feet each. The neighborhood’s blueprint also includes a private recreational area, verdant green spaces, and a 38-acre lake, showcasing Brightline's commitment to fostering vibrant communities around its railway infrastructure.