All Aboard Florida won't service Orlando -- for now

City may be included in 2nd phase

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An artist's rendering of the All Aboard Florida station in Fort Lauderdale.

ORLANDO, Fla. - All Aboard Florida's promise for Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service will initially run only between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with trains rolling in late 2016, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The company unveiled its plans for its Fort Lauderdale station today, according to Local 6 partner Florida Today.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the railway plans to start building its downtown Fort Lauderdale station and double-tracking its South Florida segment late this summer as it works out the logistics of building the rest of the line to Orlando.

The project's second phase -- from West Palm Beach to Orlando -- is dependent on completion of an environmental study. A growing opposition along the Space and Treasure coasts wants to slow or stop the project because no stops are planned there. Residents also object to the potential backups at crossings and at drawbridges for mariners.

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