Brightline Announces It Is Considering Adding Service To Both Miami International Airport & FLL

Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are now both being studied by Brightline for potential service.

The company told investors in a December 11 filing that it is now considering adding new service to the two airports.

In order to add the MIA connection, Brightline said it has approximately four miles of east-west track that it could use already in place.

From there, the company said it could use its existing South Florida Rail Corridor for the approximately three mile north-south trip into the Miami Intermodal Center at the airport.

Tri-Rail already runs trains into the Miami Intermodal Center at MIA, as does Metrorail.

The Florida Department of Transportation also built a station in 2013 for Amtrak at the Intermodal Center, but the platform length came out 200 feet short due to a miscommunication. Amtrak said in 2018 that it had no plans to serve MIA, and the new station and office there has never been used.

Brightline also said in the investor communication last month that it is considering service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The company said the main addition needed there was just a station, since it already has tracks that run directly through the airport.

The FLL station could also be a part of a planned commuter rail service planned on Brightline tracks. A definitive agreement with Broward for the commuter service is expected within the next few months.

Adding the two new stations at MIA and FLL would connect Brightline to the top three airports in Florida with a combined 133.9 million enplanements in 2019, the company said. A station at Orlando’s airport will open next year.

 

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

So brightline is refusing to allow tri-rail access and at the same time wants to run service themselves, duplicating service to these stations. And to top it off they are going hat-in-hand asking the local taxpayer for massive amounts of $$$

Anonymous
5 months ago

Where is Brightline refusing Tri-rail service?

Azarius
8 months ago

This is a great idea! Imagine catching the train from FLL straight into downtown! Majorly needed for a complete transit system

Anonymous
8 months ago

they might as well open the tri-rail in downtown MIA and its the same thing, just cheaper.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good luck finding funding for that from a GOP ran state capital. TRI-RAIL has always been treated as a stepchild by Repugs because of costs, ie, taxing the public.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I will assume that you mean that as a good thing. If it is profitable the private sector will do it and if it is not profitable then it should not be done.

Anonymous
8 months ago

There is such a thing as providing a public service. Stuff like delivering the mail and building roads. Sometimes the right thing to do isn’t necessarily profitable.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Even though the head of Tri-Rail who has been trying to get the ball rolling on Coastal Link, is a Republican? You can thank government red tape for government projects. Even for the private sector, remember the crap Brightline had to go through for nanny state measures (e.g. Darwin Award recipients who wouldn’t stay off the tracks)?

Anonymous
8 months ago

In the Seattle area, local government officials said the trains were “sneaking up on people.”

Anonymous
8 months ago

Complete BS!!! No where near the number of deaths by train in Seattle as in Miami from Brightline

Anonymous
8 months ago

BS?.. son, I’ve lived in Tacoma and Lakewood Wa for 33 years.

Run along now.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You are right Azarius… but I wouldn’t doubt that what the people of South Florida are thinking is “why now Tri-Rail?” Now?.. after BrightLine expressed interest in running a rail line to Fort Lauderdale’s Airport after you’ve had decades to do the same thing?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Disregard this above comment Azarius… I mistakenly thought the article was talking about Tri-Rail.

Anonymous
8 months ago

My concern with all these brightline stops is that the original appeal was it was fast bc it offered direct connections with few stops, but if the train is stopping every couple of miles, at that point it becomes a fancy tri-rail. Maybe they have different trains that have different stop schedules, if not, this just seems repetitive. Might as well just make tri-rail, Amtrak, and Metro fancy and be done with it.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah i think they will have express trains and trains that stop at all locations.

Anonymous
8 months ago

have you ever been on a train before?

I agree
5 months ago

The route to MIA is a spur track off the main line. It will it be adding stations to the core route to orlando.

Roberto
8 months ago

I think the idea is not to bring airport service to MIA for the Dade residents but more to bring people from Broward and Palm Beach counties that use MIA for international flights. Palm Beach and Broward residents don’t use their airports for long-haul flights since they are very limited. I have a couple friends that live in Palm Beach and they travel a lot for both leisure and business and they have to drive or take trirail to MIA.

I agree
5 months ago

I agree . Half of people here don’t get it .

Anonymous
8 months ago

Brightline is competing in metrorail and trirail area now, love the concept of them link south florida with central florida but this is to much.

Anonymous
8 months ago

So competition is bad? No wonder America is so stale when compared to the rest of the world. They’re building great things while folks are worried that too much public transportation is bad. Let’s just add more cars on the roads, the planet will thank us.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Except that this isn’t public transportation. You do realize that in a pandemic, Brightline isn’t even operational, while Tri-Rail continues to serve our community. That’s a snap-shot of our future if Brightline is allowed to keep expanding as they are. The private company that shuts down as if everyone who needed to get to work simply disappeared, while the publicly-funded company kept operating.

Brightline needs to decide what it wants to be. Is it intercity rail or commuter rail?

They’re playing games.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good points. You cannot be reliant on Brightline. The company showed they will not operate for their loyal passengers.

I agree
5 months ago

No one has said or called this public transportation

I agree
5 months ago

I agrre

I agree
5 months ago

They are not competing with metrorail

Anonymous
8 months ago

If you are someone that wants to get from MIA to Downtown without a car, you really can’t beat Metrorail. It runs pretty frequently and is only like a 15min ride, cheap, and takes you to the exact same location Brightline would downtown. I get Brightline is nice, but for such a short trip it seems like a waste, and kind of inefficient. But then again, the service will probably be heavily marketed towards tourists with money to spend (and don’t know better).

Anonymous
8 months ago

Who cares?.. I’m with a lot of people, what sense does it make to take the MetroRail to the MetroMover, and then to a MonoRail to get to Miami Beach?

nona
8 months ago

they do not plan accordingly, just to spend tax money and justify that is progress…..

I agree
5 months ago

What has the county and metrorail done to expand service?

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’d guess the service from MIA would go north on the coastal tracks, not to downtown.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That would be nice actually, I live near one of the proposed coastal stations, would be great to take a train to the airport

I agree
5 months ago

Orlando.

I agree
5 months ago

Correct. Because I dont know of it would sense for them to run service from downtown Miami to mia and compete with metrorail. Also the track connection is in the 70s which is way out of the way tot the airport

I agree
5 months ago

The service will probably run from north into mia , not downtown to mia

I agree
5 months ago

The article didnt specify, but they would not be running trains from downtown to mia . It would make no sense bec the track connection is in the 70s and would make no sense bec it is out of the way

Azarius
8 months ago

Okay for ppl who haven’t been following… Brightline is building the infrastructure and getting the right away‘s approved to theses locations to bid off to a secondary provider (tri rail) so…. dot doesn’t have to pay for the infrastructure. They are not adding all these stops to the Mia – MCO route. Only about 3 or 4 stops on this route

Anonymous
8 months ago

You mean they are doing privately what government still hasn’t been able to accomplish?

Azarius
8 months ago

Yep‼️

I agree
5 months ago

Great point

I agree
5 months ago

Most people dont look at all the details of plans. Ha ha . They look at things superficially. I partially blame this on the education system but teaching critical and analytical thinking and instead focusing in acquiring knowledge and good grades, and current political themes. Big problem with society today.

Anonymous
8 months ago

A map of how they will connect MIA would have been nice.

I agree
5 months ago

On Google maps you can see all rail tracks

Poncho
8 months ago

I live in San Francisco, last time I was in Miami I flew out of FLL and rode Brightline to Fort Lauderdale then took a local bus to the airport (then a shuttle bus to literally cross the 4 lanes of airport drop off lanes). This airport connection makes so much sense.

Rich
8 months ago

Amtrak should really go to the airport station. Hialeah is way too isolated with no conveniences like auto rental agencies. BTW – The new station at the airport does not have high level platforms which Brightline needs.

Vilatic
8 months ago

yay!

I agree
5 months ago

I understand people here are upset about brightline competing with trirail. But, I think people here know how I-95 is in rush hours. Brightline purpose it to make money through their real estate and connecting people across to state to where they want to go . It’s not a perfect system, but the county building about 2.4 miles of rails in the last 20 years is pathetic. So choose how you want this play out. Besides this isnt competing with metrorail bec if you look at the existing tracks it only make sense for them to connect the F.E.C west to the Trirail tracks coming from northbound . Their main purpose is to get people and tourists to have direct acess to their trains from the port if miami and all the major airports so they can go to Disney and other downtown’s. Tri rail is slow and underfunded, and the last issue is that tri rail doesn’t connect directly or close enough currently to FTL. How is taking a shuttle a good idea with luggage. If our counties were proactive in building transit , I would throw up my hands in the hair . At this point, I’ll take what I can get . Also why would brightline compete for downtown to mia service. How does a commuter service compete with a fast metro service? Cmon people. They are not interested in that market . They want their customers direct acess to Disney. So if you land here or take a cruise, they will transfer your luggage on the train, as a package deal . Dont have to worry about driving, renting a car . Just hop on your train. And lastly trirail or some other commuter service will end up running along brightline on the fec corridor. So dont cry too much

I agree
5 months ago

Also they will probably do hotel packages. They have already said they will make train to port packages .

Anonymous
4 months ago

Connect to Miami Beach at 300 Alton Rd. Don’t let “them” destroy 5th Street.

Leo
8 months ago

Actions speak louder than words, in one hand we have here in Miami-Dade county thousands of miles of railroad, and no one is thinking out of the box trying to take advantage for those tracks, and second one Brightline is not helping Tri-Rail to open their station in Downtown Miami; let’s be honest politicians they don’t care about us the citizens having a good transportation system, and if they do, the improvement is going to open until 2050, or maybe later, it is really frustrating to read this news, I never have a car hoping one day this wonderful city becomes a great capital as Barcelona, Monterrey or Philadelphia, but unfortunately that will never happen.

I agree
5 months ago

To your first point, CSX( trirail bought their current tracks from them) owns trackage to west Dade and all the way down to Homestead. Last I read the county wans to purchase the tracks to west dade but CSX will only sell those tracks along with the Homestead subdivision. In short CSX like most freight companies in this country are nkt great at accommodating other railroads like amtrak . A side note is height speed rail in most of this country is a bogus idea unless the government builds all the tracks from scratch . Besides major underinvestment from the government, Amtrak only owns a small percentage of the tracks they operate on, and that why delays are to commonplace with their service, because freight companies will not give them profit. To a lesser extent this applies to the Northeast corridor too. Now in my opinion if Miami wanted to extend metrorail seriously or connect west and south dade , I think it would have been done already.

Anonymous
8 months ago

There is one track northbound and one track southbound on the Brightline tracks. How will trains make all these combinations? Mia-Orlando. Tri-Rail. Mia to WPB. FLL. Mia Intl. It’s not going to happen unless more tracks are built and its too late for this. Poor planning on Brightline’s part and a shafting by Brightline of FL state and local gov’ts.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Most people here won’t be able to understand your common sense.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Have you seen how many dozens of combination of trains are run on just 2 track in India? Go and learn.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Traveled by train all over SE Asia. Multiple tracks, switches, multiple lines. Not 2 tracks. Shill.

I agree
5 months ago

There is space on the F.E.C corridor for at least one track more north and south.

I agree
5 months ago

Before commenting, you should look on the map first. According to above article, Brighline would only share trackage with tririal for about 4 miles going into MIC. The idea is that trains running from Orlando would either terminal at miami central station, the port of Miami, or mia so they people coming from Disney or Orlando can go directly from their hotel to the airport. Last I checked tririal doesnt have huge ridership bec they run west of I-95, is slow and only runs from west palm. Those combinations you mention don’t all exist bec the core brightline line serves mia , runs directly adjacent to ftl airport and there is spur from the fec in the 70s that connects the mainline to the trirail tracks. Last I checked orlando is also on the main route
So to be clear tririal will still operate their service on their line, and all will good. Now the issues is if service really increase then you might need to grade separate certain section. In terms of number of tracks. There is space along the row to add at least 2 tracks in each direction, maybe even 3 to 4 depending if they put up barriers. My predictions eventually elevate core sections of the line let’s say from Miami to downtown ftl.