Brightline Is On Track To Meet Initial Ridership Projections After Carrying 1 Million Passengers In 2019

Brightline (Virgin Trains) is gaining in popularity, with passenger count nearly doubling last year.

There were over 1 million passengers who took the train last year, according to the Sun Sentinel. With the strong numbers posted last year, the company believes it is on track to match ridership estimates.

Brightline has plenty more market share it can take in the next few years.

Over 365 million direct trips are made annually between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, according to a 2017 analysis. Most of those trips are by car, and Brightline expects to take more of that market share.

The 2017 analysis by bond rating firm Fitch also forecast that the company could be profitable with just 1.624 million riders.

The company had said at launch that it expects three million customers in its third full year of operation. Brighlitne reiterated this week that it is on track to meet those goals – but the the third year will be in 2021 instead of 2020. Full service launch was initially delayed due to construction, making 2019 the first full year instead of 2018.

New stations are expected to come online later this year and early next year in Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami. Construction to Orlando is also underway with completion in 2022.

 

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Anonymous

Averaging less than 3000 pax a day is pitiful.

Open the tracks up to Tri Rail and let’s get at least 10x that moving per day. Let’s make a dent in our congestion and offer people a real alternative.

Coastal Link

Anonymous

Unfortunately real alternatives like Coastal Link are in conflict with the special interests of banana republic politicians who want Chinese virtual trains and glorified carnival rides, and above the intelligence quotient of certain TNM posters who want miles of new Metromover flyovers over roads only a block or two away from the FEC tracks.

Anonymous

Hey Einstein, FEC tracks are not part of a mass transit system for the county unless the county purchase the tracks.

Maybe you don’t have an intelligence quotient like you thought.

Anonymous

Commuter rail, which is what trirail is, is far different and far less convenient than light rail or even metro. If you have to wait 20 plus minutes to catch a train to go one stop, people are incentivized to drive

Anonymous

I used it during the holidays coming back from Las Olas. Then it took me an hour to get to Biscayne and 68th St from Miami Central. They need to add at least two more stations in Miami.

Anonymous

Go Brightline!!

William

A real rail option for most of Florida is just amazing. I’m really hoping they complete the section to orlando and get over to tampa asap. GO BRIGHTLINE!

Anonymous

If it weren’t for the counties whining about Brightline/Virgin going through their county and thus slowing down construction and operations, I wonder how much more successful and ahead Brightline/Virgin would be?

Go Miami go!

Why is it taking so long to change the name and Virgin branding?
Nice ride.
Trip Rail is dirt cheap and effective. Unfortunately, you get to witness the Jerry Springer show.

bob

With all the buy 1 get 1 free perks, perhaps you should divide the actual number by 2. Then consider the option for children to ride free. Finally and this is the reason I will never take Brightline again…they now charge $5 per bicycle per trip. For a $15 dollar ticket, the cost for a bicycle adds an additional 33% to the cost of your ticket ($20). At a time when we are trying to help our environment and incorporating bicycles into our daily commute, Brightline is penalizing bikers by treating bicycles as sports equipment. According to Brightline, bicycles along with golf clubs, scuba gear and surf boards are sports equipment. When was the last time you saw someone riding a golf club to work? NEVER because they are sports equipment. Bicycles, however, are a mode of transportation. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Anonymous

If bikes are your mode of transportation, then ride it and don’t take the train.

bob

some of us ride our bike to the train, take the train to the city where we work and then ride our bike to our office.

Anonymous

Bob. That is wonderful. But why should that bicycle be transported for free? It weighs and it takes volume and the train costs money to operate notwithstanding the capital infrastructure costs. Tell the truth Bob. You want those costs to be incorporated into all the tickets so that bicycle riders are being subsidizing by non bicycle riders. Why in the world does everyone think everything should be free?
Good for you riding your bike to the train station and bike to work after the train ride. Just pay your part Bob.

Anonymous

Gee, you really had to explain that to bob?

Anonymous

I believe that’s the CEO of Spirit Airlines, so yes.

Anonymous

If you want to reach a wider customer base that doesn’t live or work within a half mile of the station, you should incentivize other modes of last mile transportation. I know quite a few people who would have benefited greatly from the train but chose to drive instead because their destination was a bit too far from the station and bikes were extra.

Anonymous

Yeah, all of you bikers can cry me a river.

Anonymous

Typical Miami response…not surprised. I am sure you drive a pick up truck and wear a hoodie when the temps drop to 68 degrees…Mr. Tough Guy.

Anonymous

Open a station between DT Miami and Ftl Airport….

Anonymous

Theres one opening in Adventura

Anonymous

They need more stations along the rail line. If not just add tri rail as well…there will come a point where your going to sit in traffic more than actually be outside enjoying the weather

Train in the US!! What a weird idea!

2,700 people a day what a joke!

Anonymous

What was the % of riders in that year that travelled at a cost of $0 or discounted prices? When you remove them, how many did you have? Fla missed a great opportunity to build an extensive public/private transportation system. In stead their focus has been on express lanes that I have seen charge as much as 12.00 and the individuals still sit in traffic. It should not take you over an hour to travel less than 30 miles.

305

FLL already please. Makes 110% more sense than Boca, Aventura, or PortMiami.

AA must be spending millions to lobby Virgin away from an FLL station.