Brightline Exceeds Expectations, With Ridership Already Near Pre-Pandemic Levels

Brightline says its is seeing strong demand for its service, just weeks after the company relaunched train service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

According to a monthly report released by the company, ridership accelerated in late November and early December, nearing pre-pandemic levels.

Customers have already opened 50,000 Brightline accounts in November and December, exceeding expectations.

Brightline resumed service on November 8, after halting operations in 2020 during the pandemic.

A total of 61,045 passengers rode Brightline in November, with an average fare of $9.55, generating ticket revenue of around $600,000. Promotional offers during the month cut the average ticket price to around half what it was in November 2019.

Here’s the latest on some of Brightline’s other activity in the past month:

Orlando – completion of an extension that will allow service between Miami and Orlando remains on budget, and on track for completion in late 2022. Over 1,145 construction workers worked on building that segment during November.

Miami-Dade Commuter Service – A Brightline affiliate closed into escrow $500 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds obtained from the State of Florida this month. The affiliate plans to remarket the bonds in early 2022, and use the proceeds to acquire commuter access rights from Brightline, the proceeds of which will be used for project costs.

The Federal Transit Administration is expected to formally issue a class of action for the Miami-Dade project in the coming weeks.

Miami-Dade is expected to begin work needed to obtain contractor bids to build out the service in early 2022.

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline is only going to continue to grow from here. The time for Florida to set the precedent for high-speed rail is now!

Soon, our whole beautiful state will be connected by fantastic, high-speed, quality rail. Florida FTW!

Connor
1 month ago

Still cant believe that Florida will be the first American state with a statewide HSR system

Anonbttm
1 month ago

It’s a great development, but it’s not HSR.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Okay, the first American state with a statewide higher-speed rail system. Texas will likely be the first with HSR.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not…..the train loses $100 of millions per year…..sad boondoggle

Anonymous
1 month ago

And how much does FDOT spend per year on roads and highways? Freeways aren’t free either

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s NOT high speed. European and Asian trains go well over 200 mph!

Anonymous
30 days ago

I agree. It’s not high speed. They have the best marketing to let people think it’s fast but that train is soooo slow.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A bunch of know it alls! Technically it’s considered high speed because its capable of high speed… no not at the rate of speed in Asia or Europe but still high speed for a train! The trains dont run at high speed yet until the stretch to Orlando is complete an it will traveling that route… America is not prepared to do 200mph we can barely run Brightline at 70mph without fatalities imagine a train going 200mph!

Google
1 month ago

No. It’s technically “higher speed” because it doesn’t fall within the technical definition of high speed rail. Please do some basic fact checking before using words like “technically”

Anonymous
1 month ago

130mph is fast enough for me. Even on the interstates you will get a ticket if you’re caught going 130mph.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The answer’s in the article. They want their own commuter service. They want to delay Tri Rail as long as possible until people forget about it. Bait and switch.

Anonymous
1 month ago

wtf?..

Brooklyn
1 month ago

That’s true to an extent but tri rail offers a different product which is the west track commuter service. I don’t believe brightline has any interest in that.

Connor
1 month ago

Pls just start construction on the Tampa route!

Melo is chad and sigma
1 month ago

And disney

Anonymous
1 month ago

2030

Anonymous
1 month ago

How much will it cost for them to retrofit their station for Tai-Rail, as promised? Tax payers paid a lot of money to them to not receive this.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would probably be cheaper to buy new TriRail trains that fit

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline has their own trains that clearly already fit the station. It would be almost too convenient for Brightline if they just had the state pay them to run the commuter trains instead of having to share tracks with Tri-Rail. Brightline have already changed their mind on the commuter line to Aventura and have expressed a desire to operate the trains themselves.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Aventura station is already under construction.

Melo is chad and sigma
1 month ago

Good can’t wait to take the booze express from Miami to Orlando

Anonymous
1 month ago

And you won’t get arrested for drinking that booze!

Blah
28 days ago

But you’ll still have to get an Uber or rent a car once you get there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They run 34 trains a day, meaning the average train has just 60 people in it.

Mm305
28 days ago

It’s virtually empty on the train, true! I think the line to Fort Lauderdale from Miami is the dumbest thing. Drive or Uber to downtown, Park down town, walk to rail, get on rail, get out, then get Uber or cab to destination. Think about how time consuming that is versus driving. You’re adding another two hours to your travel to take the train. It makes more sense for Orlando, the further away the connection the more efficient it is. But at a certain point just take a plane instead though.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ditching Virgin Trains was ultimately a good move. After all, they ruined the UK’s HSR intercity service.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s all of those free round-trip tickets you get for downloading their app.

Anonymous
1 month ago

To get the free ticket you must purchase future tickets in advance.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not true.

Anonymous
1 month ago

brightline had a hidden agenda since the beginning, and now with the fiasco of the Tri-Rail it is obvious they do not want any kind of competition.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How can the average fare be $9.55 when the lowest priced ticket is $10.
A first class ticket from Miami to WPB is over $50 including parking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit… Keep reading, junior.

“Promotional offers during the month cut the average ticket price to around half what it was in November 2019.”

Mm305
28 days ago

The promotional offer doesn’t last forever boomer. So after a small decrease in price with user participation they’re going to blow that price up to match inflation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you signed up for an account once they re-launched, you got a free round trip ticket. So when I rode a few weeks ago, I counted as a rider, but my fare price was $0. Brings the average fare down under that $10 base ticket price.

Anonymous
1 month ago

it’s too expensive….and one train per hour….never a commuter rail

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now build that Resort Casino!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Want Brightline to succeed, but we gotta be real. There simply isn’t a large market for Miami -> WPB.

60,000 in a month? And that was with super discounted fares. What a joke!

The people want real commuter rail! Can they be trusted to run it? Should taxpayers pay for their operation plus their ROI/profit?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The problem is what to do once you getcto your destination. A Lyft or Uber once a month vs daily for commuters is problematic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They have free commuting vehicles

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you book your ticket at least 2 hours in advance, the ticket now includes a free pickup from and/or ride to anywhere within 5 miles of the station.

Mm305
28 days ago

No one want to hear your logical issue that makes this less realistic. How dare you use facts to make a cohesive point. 🙂
Yeah they provide you a ride if you’re close enough, but imagine how well that’s going to work at even half
train capacity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline trains is not local “commuter rail.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s considered regional

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline revenue for month = E11EVEN revenue on a typical Friday night

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline is bankrupt…..highly unprofitable….it’s horrible

Anonymous
1 month ago

Even Airlines go “bankrupt” before they start making money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You know nothing Jon Snow

Mm305
28 days ago

It’s fine to subsidize the rail line if we’re honest about it and are willing to do that.