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Brightline About To Issue Notice To Proceed For $2.1 Billion Miami-Orlando Route

Brightline About To Issue Notice To Proceed For $2.1 Billion Miami-Orlando Route

Brightline – soon to be Virgin Trains – will pull the trigger on construction of the Orlando to Miami rail line within days, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

A Notice to Proceed will be issued for the $2.1 billion project on February 1. Construction will then begin after those 30 days, Company President Patrick Goddard told the Central Florida Expressway Authority governing board on December 13.

Completion will take 30 to 36 months. A $1.7 billion segment from Orlando to Tampa could also be begin construction during that time with work overlapping, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Tickets from Miami to Orlando are expected to average $100 each way, according to Brightline’s recent IPO filing.

A new station has already been completed at Orlando International Airport, and others are now being negotiated in Orlando’s theme park area and in Lakeland.

As part of a settlement with Martin County, the company will build a new station there, and negotiations are underway in Stuart and Fort Pierce.

 

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Miami1
Miami1

$100 per person each way!!??…too costly sorry. This is for tourists only, locals will not pay that kind of money..

Anonymous
Anonymous

There isn’t a law in the state of Florida to forces anyone to use this service. DRIVE BABY DRIVE!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

What is plane ticket cost from Miami to Orlando?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Let me call my personal travel agent.

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

AA is same ballpark to fly in coach. “Basic Economy” can be had for $129 r/t if you have no luggage.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The train will probably be faster all things considered.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Welcome to Miami. High costs, low salary, low quality of life. It’ll cost ya just to escape too!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Bye then

Jay
Jay

100% correct.

Paul
Paul

What’s wrong with that? Tourists and business travelers spend way more than commuters across all forms of travel. Plus, tourism is the primary industry of both Miami and Orlando. As a local, you would still benefit from the economic stimulus provided by the tourists and the reduced demand on the highway infrastructure you use. Also, these tracks are likely to be used for Tri-Rail Coastal, which would also be of huge benefit to local commuters.

Positive Paul
Positive Paul

You’d probably need to fill up your car 2 or 3 times each way (on average) so it works about the same…

Anonymous
Anonymous

have you ever driven Miami to Orlando? Just about any car can get one way on a single tank and many can get close to a round trip.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly… then factor in if you have 2,3,4 people in the car and it’s a no brainer to drive. Four people would be $800 round trip. If you are traveling solo, it’s an option.

Magazine
Magazine

That price is very challenging. A family of four paying $800 to get to Orlando. With having to drive / uber to the station in Miami, get there a half hour early, transfer luggage to the train and then to an uber in orlando….we aren’t talking about a huge time savings. A minimum of $800 to not drive is pretty steep.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Price is one thing, but a train is far more convenient than rental cars. You mention driving to the station and getting there early. Car rental places have the same problem. You have to get there on time, and even then they are often delayed, or provide you an inadequate car. Renting a car may be cheaper, but a much bigger hassle, especially if you have no intent to use the car at either destination.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unlike Americans, who can’t even get it hard if they don’t think about their cars, Most European tourists prefer not to drive, they like to enjoy the ride.
A train ticket Milan-Florence cost me about the same.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Completely not true. Milan – Florence is not that exoensive, even on a first class train.

Bryan
Bryan

Just looked up the the TICKET from Milan to Florence for Tuesday and it’s $50-60 and you probably can get them cheaper with an advanced booking. I did Rome to Florence last year for $28 on a last min sale the day after Christmas. The train is also much faster than brightline. $100 per person is crazy. Most tourist will need to get a car anyway. The everglades, the keys, Orlando, and Miami/Broward beaches are in the inteniary. Some do a hop to SWFL.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not me. I’m here from London and I’d never use this for Disney.

Magazine
Magazine

Sorry, was speaking for the 3 million residents in Miami Dade. Agree it makes more sense for tourists. A florida resident discount would have to be ~50% to make this viable for Dade residents.

My family would be the perfect target for this. Young child, my wife and i have been city dwellers for a decade, moving to south beach after living in Manhattan for a decade. I didn’t have my drivers license until I moved down here at age 35 due to relying on public transportation. White collar professionals, the type that orders Uber Eats delivery 5+ days per week. We would not pay $700-800 to take this vs. driving to Orlando. We are not frugal people, but that is a lot of money when driving is an option. If the ride was an hour – maybe it makes sense. But from a door to door time perspective, it’s likely a wash.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Make it 2999999 residents…I don’t have any plan to visit Mickey in the near future.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’ve rented a new Cadillac SUV at MiA for $15/day + Taxes. seats 7
Drove to Orlando.. drove to St. Augustine.. drove around Daytona Beach

A rental car is a no-brainer

Anon
Anon

I think the local ICC tollway cost about 2 billion I wonder how fast my toll payments of $4 and my gas tax about what .60 per gallon is getting that paid off.

Azarius
Azarius

This service is aimed more at business than family

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Yeah Orlando’s airport dumps you outside the city, and MIA you are fighting 836 traffic to/from during peak hours.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This company means business … so glad to see these 2 cities linked … plenty of tourist $$$$ for both …..

Bryan
Bryan

Google flights has AA from $100 a person for a 1 hour flight. Wouldn’t this be the option for the Business traveler plus get the flyer miles and qualified flight.

Tourist also look for the most efficient and cost effective mode of travel. They have to pay for hotels/bnbs and 100 PP for a city to city hop eats into that. So many options with car/bus that will take almost the same time and a fraction of the cost.

I think $100 ticket estimate was to assure shareholders and make the numbers work with the ROI. Look for steep discounts or empty trains.

Anonymous
Anonymous

supply and demand will dictate ticket prices..not hypothetical estimates of what the tix may cost. If the trains run empty @ $100 pp prices then costs will inevitably have to go down.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Business travelers don’t want to pay $100 just for Coach with screaming kids, and have to go through metal detectors.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I will take it for $100, much cheaper and faster then a flight. Fast when you include getting to airport, security and getting to gate!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only $800 round trip for a family of 4!!! We drive about 5 times per year. Now we can take the train!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only makes sense for single traveler. I’d def do it if I was going alone but, like most say, doesn’t make any financial sense with a group.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The majority of people here doesn’t get it. If only tourists will use, less traffic on the road. If its the same price as an air ticket, most likely with the competition the price of both can go down, and i am sure,there will be a florida resident rate.
win win for us