ORLANDO, Fla. -- The commute between South Florida and Central Florida could get more convenient in the near future.

A privately owned and operated rail service is planned to connect Orlando and Miami, according to a Florida East Coast Industries news release.

Stops are planned in downtown Miami, downtown Fort Lauderdale, downtown West Palm Beach and at the Orlando International Airport.

The rail service, which is part of the FECI's All Aboard Florida initiative, will run mostly along existing tracks that connect Miami to the Space Coast and additional rail will run to the south end of Orlando's airport.

The FECI estimated that more than 50 million trips are made each year between the four major cities that will be serviced by the rail. The rail would ultimately ease congestion on busy highways and reduce the environmental impact of intercity travel in Florida.

The project is expected to be completed by 2016.