72% Of Metrorail Trains Late, While Brightline Nearly Perfect

How does Brightline’s punctuality compare to the long-established Metrorail?

This week, 72% of Metrorail trains either arrived later than scheduled at Government Center station or didn’t show up at all, according to a new audit tool by Transit Alliance.

By comparison, just one Brightline train arrived late in either direction during those same days, and it was fewer than five minutes delayed, according to Brightline’s website.

It isn’t exactly a fair comparison. Metrorail operates older trains on a tighter schedule, with more stops. Metrorail is grade-separated though (unlike Brightline), which should be an operational advantage.

Metrorail is run by Miami-Dade Transit, where over 20% of employees don’t show up to work every day. Commissioners are now considering an expanded role for the agency as part of the multi-billion dollar SMART plan (including another possible sales tax increase), which would add several new rail lines.

Brightline is privately owned.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

And they wonder why their ridership is down, using that as justification for not expanding the system… hahaha, backwards bunch

Miami Hurricanes
3 years ago

Miami Time.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Brightline has two stations. Two. It better not be late. LMAO

This article makes a worthless comparison. That isn’t to say that metrorail isn’t in dire need of more reliable employees, newer trains, more on-time trains, and significantly more lines.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Forget buses! Add more rails! We can do it Miami!

Oscar
3 years ago

Apples to oranges comparison. Metrorail is a 30 yr-old public transit line that costs $2.50 to ride. Brightline is brand-spanking-new commuter line that costs $10+. The good people at Brightline would have a serious problem on their hands if they were somehow being outperformed by MDTPW on Day 1. Also, in case you were wondering, NYC’s subway lines are late roughly 75% of the time according to MTA.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ok – so Miami is on par with one of the worst systems in the country. Let’s not raise the bar but shoot to be lower.
What a city……

Oscar
3 years ago

Yeah, that’s exactly what I said. Excellent attempt at a straw-man. I wasn’t commenting on the effectiveness of our public transit system. I was commenting on the dubious comparison made in the article and offered a more relative benchmark. Also, lol at the NYC subway being “one of the worst systems in the country.”

Anonymous
3 years ago

It is holding on by a thread most days.

Anonymous
3 years ago

On time perfkrmance doesn’t really matter on NyC Transit when the next train is 2-5 minues away. Compared to metrorail where if your weekend train is 15 minutes late, you could be waiting up to 45 minutes.

Anonymous
3 years ago

72% late, and 100% filthy!

Anonymous
3 years ago

The metrorail is ran by the county and many of their employees are quota hires, that is why Brighline outperforms it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Get rid of the quotas

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ahhh yeah… and that’ll solve all the problems.

Gee, you and that other anonymous talking about “quota hires” need to be working for NASA with your problem solving skills and they’ll be landing a man on Mars within a few months.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lets see, at the moment, Brightline goes from a station in Fort Lauderdale to a station in West Palm Beach, that’s two stops… two (2). Miami Metrorail trains make stops at how many stations? Yeah, I can see how this is a fair comparison.

In comparative news – Saturn is colder than the Earth……

Anonymous
3 years ago

how much is the city spending on the Metrorail? Privatize it and have Brightline run it

Market Urbanist
3 years ago

Yes please.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah Im sure theyd make a killing, Brightline has very clearly stated they don’t want to expand anywhere that isn’t profitable. Miami metrorail will never be profitable or highly used as long as this city’s clown administrators prioritize roads and cut service. Also, just because both operate trains doesn’t mean a metro transport system and a intercity rail system are comparable.

Numbers don\'t lie, they only manipulate
3 years ago

2 stops in a express line doesn’t count at all, even if they’ve killed more people per day so far than any other service

Anonymous
3 years ago

The ones who were struck had no idea that the Brightline was moving so fast. How do you control idiots who jus cant wait for a train to pass?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Usually people are walking along railroad tracks to get to their Mensa meetings.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well hopefully they kill more morons who try to beat a high speed train, everyone wants to cry victim but how stupid are you to test a train

Anonymous
3 years ago

Woah masters of subtlety in this article, while I don’t wanna defend the horse and pony show that is Metro Transit, how on earth can you even compare it to Brightline

francy suarez
3 years ago

LOL HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING WHAT A DISASTER CASE. THE METRORAIL IS A DISGRACE.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amen to that. Kick those asses out of bed in the morning and if they continue to stay home, fire them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Um, the article never said that the Metrorail trains are late because no one is there to operate them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why am I not suprised…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because you can’t think logically.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Brightline is 3 for 3 !

Anonymous
3 years ago

God, why dont you take a go at it chasing the train and make it 4 for 4

Anonymous
3 years ago

The local yokels should look across the ocean and hire some of the experts who operate the Swiss rail system so competently and efficiently.
The trains are constantly upgraded, run mostly on time and are clean.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Stop blaming the employees for the metrorail’s inefficiency. They need to increase the population density in the areas nearby the Metrorail stations to make it more attractive to daily commuters.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exactly, in NY there’s TONS of people living around every subway station.

Preston33154
3 years ago

First you have to build a system that has trains going somewhere from somewhere! A NETWORK. Without a network of trains that transit the city, then feed into a functioning bus network, it won’t happen. A suburban-style city will never have a single-seat ride. However, the rail backbone must be built first!

Anonymous
3 years ago

What is that man doing in the photo ? Clocking its speed ? At first I thought he had crutches.

Oscar
3 years ago

Looks like he’s photographing or taking video

Anonymous
3 years ago

How many stops does Brightline have??

Anonymous
3 years ago

now ? 1.. lmao.. but scheduled to have 4. Miami, Ft Laud, Palm Beach and orlando

Anonymous
3 years ago

Number of stops depends on if someone doesn’t beat the train to the crossing…

Anonymous
3 years ago

The county clearly needs to incentivize public transportation, especially Metrorail, so that it can even have a chance of competing with the car culture in this city. The councilwomen and men themselves seem apathetic. A gas tax would help raise incredible funds for future transportation projects, but clearly that is never considered. When will the residents and the politicians of Miami finally wake up so that their city can actually compete on the global scale of providing a high standard of living. Miami, it seems, will always remain a crapper.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, a high standard of living is waiting for a broken down train or bus in a summer thunderstorm late for work.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Give Metrorail to Brightline to operate and charge the county for running it. Make it MetroBright!!!

Market Urbanist
3 years ago

The free market wins again.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks Ronnie

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, and they’ll win again when they stick their hand out to get the bailout money that the Fed Gov takes from the taxpayers.

Matthew
3 years ago

20% of the work force doesn’t show up for work.
Shouldn’t come as a surprise, the government sector is where the low IQ, low skill, incompetent individuals pile into for employment because they fundamentally can’t compete in the private sector.
They should all be fired and replaced with responsibile employees, MAGA. ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Woah yeah Matt the eugenicist, no race-mixing please! We don’t want people with tight skulls intermixing with us high-IQ long nosers!

Anonymous
3 years ago

You made a joke out of it but its true. Look at how stupid 40% of the MDT employees look.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, you’re acknowledging how afraid you are to test their mentality against yours. You just look at them and know you’re smarter.

I bet you’re one badass in your imaginary fist fights.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe they can’t compete because of racist clowns like you at HR departments far and wide blowing dog whistles. IQ scoring is arbitrary (made up out of thin air) and your dismissive bigotry is itself a sign of incompetency – they should ALL be fired because 20% (1 out of 5) don’t show up. Makes sense.

Anonymous
3 years ago

LMAO

I can easily give an order to. ” hey slow up the metro rail and make it late, that way when they compare it to Brightline, Then Brightline will look awesome!. Lmao. sigh* Miami, I still love you.

Anonymous
3 years ago

looks dangerous for a high speed train w/ pedestrians right there and no fences. in europe seems like the high speed trains like chunnel are fenced off or isolated more from buildings and the public where they are running full speed – someone said train was being clocked there…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Jump in front of it, morons getting hit by trains is good for society

Preston33154
3 years ago

The first thought that comes to mind is, “Natural Selection”. As one who worked in Europe, no, the tracks aren’t fenced-in. And the FRA (The Feds) have ruled against fences–as noted in the lawsuit by the Treasure Coast (C.A.R.E.) against Brightline–they create more deaths as stupid people are then trapped… I used to freelance at a company in FtL ‘on’ the FECR tracks… stupid people would cut the fence located on the west side of the tracks to walk over. The FECR would repair them, and within 3-days–the holes returned!

Of the deaths on the Brightline–the first was a person loitering on the tracks (?) and the other two bypassed the crossing arms before the train arrived. How can you not see them coming?