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Brightline Wants To Operate Commuter Rail On Their Tracks

Brightline is considering running commuter rail on their own tracks instead of Tri-Rail, according to the Herald.

The company has taken possession of five trains, and a West Palm Beach to Orlando line won’t be operating until at least 2020.

Brightline has now halted negotiations with Miami-Dade over the Northeast Corridor. According to FDOT, negotiations won’t resume until Brightline begins operations on the Miami to West Palm Beach route.

In turn, FDOT has halted a study that they needed for the route while waiting for negotiations to resume.

Local and state governments have committed $69 million to build a Tri-Rail station at All Aboard Florida’s MiamiCentral.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL! Coastal Link practically handed to Miami-Dade and they can’t even that done. So sad!

Anonymous
Anonymous

There’s nothing Miami-Dade can do if the owners of the track say no.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why the hell not? If it fails, we’ll have all the stations in place to operate Tri-Rail. As long as the stations aren’t the hideous concrete monstrosities built in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Maybe some architectural variety according to each area?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly – the line would actually get stops/stations, which seems unlikely otherwise. Imagine having stops/stations at Midtown/Wynwood, Aventura, etc. Almost seems too sensible to be true!

Anonymous
Anonymous

brightline is just trying to find more revenue to avoid going Bankrupt. there is too little demand for the project to be profitable.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Threats the point of all the real estate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s

William
William

This actually makes allot of sense. Commuter trains making stops every X miles on an existing track that can be leveraged almost immediately. This would be a great upgrade for all commuters. This track is much better located than the tri-rail one. GO BRIGHTLINE!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s the same track. TriRail was going to use that track which was the point of the platform at that station.

William
William

No. It is not. The FEC track runs much further east. Trirail will connect to the FEC track with the construction of an upgraded spur from the Hialeah station to downtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The TriRail Coastal Link running down the FEC tracks was always in play regardless of the spur. The TriRail Coastal Link proposal had been floated out there before All Aboard even came along. It’s been on their website for years. The spur only sped things up.

suomynona
suomynona

You are wrong.

marc
marc

They best return that money then.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They see the $$$ for running a rail-line paid for by others than trying to run their own.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They see $$$ in developing underserved areas that would benefit from commuting lines, if you ask me.

They also probably see $$$ in not dealing with Miami government officials, who almost managed to blow TriRail going there in the first place.

Marc306
Marc306

If the plan is for this to end in Aventura and not extend to WPB, if not AT LEAST Downtown Fort Lauderdale, then what a missed opportunity. The existing plan and studies for the TriRail Coastal Link were already solid and extended to WPB.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sure, and how long–and how many studies–would it have taken to actually happen, with actual stations?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actual stations? Why not just a platform at the side of the track and save $$$.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Even that probably wouldn’t have happened within a decade…

Anonymous
Anonymous

It took Tri-Rail five years for its rinky-dink bus stop stations, and that was when it was intended as temporary when I-95 was being widened. A proper Pompano Beach station replacing the last was recently completed.

Dave
Dave

The plan was stopping in Aventura because only Miami-Dade was paying for it. It would have awesome if Broward or Palm Beach ponied up money to extend the trains. I guess with Brightline running it, they wont have to though I’d be shocked if Brightline doesn’t eventually ask for some kind of subsidy to run the trains or maybe lots of free land to bulid their stations/real estate ventures on.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Still would have been great. Imagine 20 minute train ride vs 40-60 minute car ride downtown stuck in traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There were talks about them running Tri-Rail for a hot second up in Tallahassee. They backed off and they would have been bound by a non compete with Tri-Rail if they had been successful in selling those bonds. Since they didn’t and Orlando is delayed, and they are under new ownership, maybe they figure GAME ON!

Get-Er-Done
Get-Er-Done

Brightline operating commuter rail for the FEC route makes more sense. They already own the track. The County and municipal govts don’t care who runs the service. They’ll be paying in either way, so if Brightline can get the stations and service up and running faster with less bureaucracy than Tri-Rail, so be it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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Anonymous
Anonymous

If i’m not mistaken, didn’t the Brightline operators sign some sort of non-competetion agreement with the State that prohibits them from providing commuter style service? Remember that Brightline was always intended to provide express intercity service and nothing else.

Dave
Dave

Yes, they were supposed to be priced to they did not compete with TriRail Coastal. Running trirail coastal would i assume invalidate that agreement, at least they would keep the lawyers busy amending agreements.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think this is a good thing. FEC is far better suited to efficiently run commuter service then the crap government service we have now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami-Dade County politician$ will spend another $15 Million to start a new STUDY to find the $7 Million needed to start a new STUDY, which will help the county get another $8 Million to found a new STUDY to calculate the budget needed to found THE STUDY, which will be needed to find the moneys required to calculate the budget to start the STUDY which will give the amount of money required to start the negotiations with the group which will proceed with the STUDY to investigate if a communing train will be the solution to the public transportation crisis that was supposed to be solved 20 years ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous

TRAINS!!!! Pubic transportation !!! no more cars!!!

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