Brightline Passes 100K Riders In August, On Track To Complete Orlando Extension

Brightline ridership continues to hit record levels, as it nears completion of an extension to Orlando.

The company is also making progress on a local commuter rail line in Miami-Dade and Broward, according to a report released yesterday to investors.

Brightline said it carried 100,116 passengers in August 2022 – a 35% increase compared to the last pre-pandemic August in 2019. Ticket revenues were 62% higher than 2019.

Ridership has been rising through 2022 (it was 64,243 in January 2022), although it was higher in July (111,582).

The company said that engineer HNTB moved to the next phase of design work for a commuter rail line in Miami-Dade last month, commencing 30% level rail infrastructure and platform drawings.

In Broward, the county commission voted August 25 to spend $15.5 million to further advance the commuter rail project there.

Aventura and Boca Raton stations remain on schedule to open in 2022.

Brightline’s extension to Orlando is now 83% complete. A vehicle maintenance facility in Orlando was completed in August, and two of our four construction zones are now substantially complete. Nine of ten trainsets have also now been delivered.

 

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Anonymous
2 months ago

I’m buying a ticket as soon as the Orlando stop is finished. I don’t even like Central Florida, I’m just willing to give these guys money for giving us new transport options.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Let us know how the train ride went… okay.

Wynwood station
2 months ago

Brightline Delivers! Congratulations to them.

They should do a “Go Fund Me Page” just so we can show our appreciation!

Anonymous
2 months ago

i have family in orlando and can’t wait to be able to take bright line vs. the unpredictable traffic of 95

MDGL
2 months ago

There’s always the Turnpike.

Anonymous
2 months ago

trust me i’ve tried. 2 lanes with a surprise accident is no fun

Jacob
2 months ago

Nice

Anonymous
2 months ago

“I don’t even like Central Florida, I’m just willing to give these guys money for giving us new transport options.”

😂😂😂 You said what so many of us are thinking.

777-300Eric
2 months ago

I was at the opening of the new Terminal C at MCO yesterday and the new Bright Blue trainset was in the station of the intermodal center.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I hope they get Tampa & Jacksonville going soon enough!! Connecting our major cities in Florida has been so long overdue

Wildcard4376
2 months ago

Tampa is on the list to receive the Brightline trains. Once the MCO station is operating, it’s on to Tampa.

anonymous
2 months ago

Shrinking the state as time goes on…

Melo is sigma and Chad
2 months ago

Someone call the Based Department, cant wait till the foodhall is opened and trirail starts service too.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Rumor has it they will refuse service to hipsters, so heads up

Anonymous
2 months ago

They don’t serve their favorite obscure craft beer of the day with inside-out impossible burgers.

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

They have craft beer in the VIP area

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

imagine thinking someone using Based as slang is a hipster

Anonymous
2 months ago

A great success story anyway you look at it.

David Rojas
2 months ago

Cannot wait for its completion. I will definitely be riding Brightline once its fully completed. My trips to Miami from Orlando will now be in comfort and traffic congestion free. Awesome!

BDub
2 months ago

If they make a success of their commuter rail, we should sell Tri-Rail to them (or pay them to take it).
We could use an integrated system in one mode of transportation at least.

LDD
2 months ago

Better plan, entice another company with experience to sell Tri-Rail to. Then you have competition and brightline can get better 🙂

Brandon
2 months ago

Please please please send a train to fort Myers. With a stop in LaBelle it would open up so much opportunity for jobs

Anonymous
2 months ago

thats the dream but i see them first extending from the proposed tampa line down south to ft. myers. that way get tourists and commuter traffic from sarasota and ft. myers for roughly the same track milage as they’d get from ft. myers to miami; less potential for intermittent stations.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Continue down to Naples, and across Alligator Alley to connect with the proposed Dolphin Mall area station for a loop line.

Choo Choo
2 months ago

Building rail across the Everglades will be difficult to pull off. There’s only two rights of way and not sure how much room either one has for tracks to be added on, and they’ll never build a new right of way

Anonymous
2 months ago

On a side note, that’s the worst FPL ad I’ve ever seen.

I like that ad
2 months ago

Why?

Anonymous
2 months ago

FPL are some of the worst greenwashers. show ads while lobbing against their own advertised “progressions”

Bob
2 months ago

Are those numbers considered good? Metro mover had 500k ride in July22.

Asking seriously!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Very different functions. Apples and oranges comparison.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’s pretty good rider numbers for system that’s not complete yet.

Anonymous Cat
2 months ago

It doesn’t have ridership as high as that of Tri-Rail due to serving fewer areas compared to Tri-Rail with phase one.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Metromover stations are like 50 feet apart from eachother fam

Anonymous
2 months ago

Proof a free shortbus where a third of passengers are homeless keeps records, please.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Gee, you sure ride on that “shortbus” with the homeless a lot..

Slim Shady
2 months ago

The ticket prices are quite a bit different.

Kapinga
2 months ago

Well I heard Miami to Orlando will cost $100 dollars one way for fare!!!! Wow too expensive!!! You won’t get people to spend that kind money… I rather pay $55 dollars to ride on Red coach for almost the same amount of time.

Anonymous
2 months ago

It comes down to comfort. You can get up and walk around on a train and the ride tends to be much smoother. Plus more reliable internet than I’ve had on any bus. It’s good to have more options and glad to pay for the comfort without driving.

Steve
2 months ago

Amtrak changes $49 each way but of course they take 7 hours to get there.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Miami needs to start building a “Resort Casino” NOW!!!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Expect Disney and the Seminoles to continue lobbying hard against it

Gomez
2 months ago

Let’s put a casino on the train itself. It can subsidize ticket prices, and encourage more ridership.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Nah, you want as many people as possible spending their money in Miami. 1, 2, or 3 big casinos in Miami can subsidize ticket prices and encourage more ridership.

Anonymous
2 months ago

I’d hope they’d structure that like Snowpiercer. back of the train is forced to take it all the way to rural alabama

Anonymous
2 months ago

You can say it until you’re blue in the face but it ain’t happening.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Yeah, you have a point there. They can let somebody build a stupid looking leaning building Overtown but when it comes to a Resort Casino in a city whose livelihood is dependent on tourism.. Nah.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Comparing zoning approval for a nonprofit’s new building to a new gambling casino license….

Anonymous
2 months ago

What is with this person… resort casino post in almost every article. Build it yourself or give it a rest already. A resort casino does not a great city make. Maybe a janky city… but Miami is not emulating Vegas or Macau.

D Charlie
2 months ago

Give them a nice Atlantic City vibe. That’s just what they need.