Brightline Expects Profit In First Year, Could Expand Throughout Florida

Brightline’s executive director Michael Reininger has revealed several new details of the upcoming passenger rail service between Miami and West Palm Beach in the Herald.

Brightline is a new product that will be the first of it’s kind in the U.S., according to Reininger. He expects it to become an alternative to the “broken” traffic in the area, and a model for the rest of the country.

The company forecasts over 3 million annual passengers between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, and over 5 million passengers when an Orlando stop is added. Brightline considers this estimate conservative, saying that there are already more passengers than that on Tri-Rail.

Roundtrip tickets between Miami and Fort Lauderdale will cost in the “general neighborhood” of $15 round trip.

The first full year of operations will be 2018, and it is expected to be profitable.

Service launch has been delayed slightly, with the Fort Lauderale-West Palm Beach start now pushed back to late summer, and Miami to start in early fall.

If Brightline meets the ridership numbers that they estimate, the company will “have a very robust business that will have ample opportunity to expand throughout the state.”