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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.”

 

nearly completed west palm beach station:

(photos: jennifer sorentrue/twitter)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Does anyone think this will eventually get expanded to Tampa? or Jacksonville? It would be nice.

suomynona
suomynona

Hopefully. At least a Tampa-Orlando-WPB-FTL-MIA route. And if that goes well, I’d like to see additional spurs within the state.

Leonardo
Leonardo

If I remember correctly the original plan was to go from Miami to Tampa. I’m sure if they are very profitable like it says in the article they might expand maybe to Jacksonville or outside the state. With Trump budget proposal the Amtrak train won’t come to Florida anymore they might see that as an advantage expand out if enough passengers are available. The future seems bright.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The government Florida High Speed Corridor was to go to Tampa, and use new tracks parallel to freeways. It sort of put the cart before the horse when we have existing railway systems, which private companies can upgrade and maintain. CSX or whoever takes over the company amidst recent speculation, might enter the passenger rail service if Brightline offers formidable competition, and take over the former Seaboard Air Line services Amtrak offered.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They’ve pushed back the 54th Street crossing a number of times, I wonder if that is the cause of the delay?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not just 54th. I’ve seen at least 3 signs for 163rd closings on different dates. I mark them on my calendar all the time to plan routes and the closings just never happen. Next closing isn’t until mid July according to the grade crossings listing on their website.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wonder what the issue is?

anonymous rex
anonymous rex

so orlando is not even in the plans anymore?

Anonymous
Anonymous

They couldn’t sell their bonds to finance the Orlando leg, but presumably if they turn a profit they’ll be able to find the financing to finish the route to Orlando.

lap
lap

who cares about going to Orlando.done seen Mickey enough now at 49

Anonymous
Anonymous

An alternative to alligator alley drive would be nice too

lap
lap

The population is here in South Florida where Brightline executives should stay focused on.

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