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
14 days 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
14 days 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
13 days 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
13 days 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
13 days ago

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

Azarius
14 days ago

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

Anonymous
14 days ago

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

Anonymous
14 days 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
13 days 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 days 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
13 days 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
13 days ago

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

Anonymous
13 days ago

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

Anonymous
12 days ago

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

Run along now.

Anonymous
14 days 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
14 days ago

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

Anonymous
14 days 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
14 days ago

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

Anonymous
13 days ago

have you ever been on a train before?

Anonymous
14 days 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
13 days 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 days ago

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

Anonymous
13 days ago

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

Anonymous
11 days 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

Roberto
14 days 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.

Azarius
14 days 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
13 days ago

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

Azarius
13 days ago

Yep‼️

Anonymous
13 days ago

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

Poncho
12 days 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.

Vilatic
13 days ago

yay!

Leo
12 days 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.

Anonymous
13 days 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
13 days ago

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

Anonymous
13 days ago

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

Anonymous
13 days ago

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