Brightline Says It Will Resume Service In Q4 With Car Traffic Already Surpassing Pre-Pandemic Levels

Traffic on I-95 has reached pre-pandemic levels, and Brightline is telling customers that service will resume in the fourth quarter of this year.

The number of cars driving on I-95 between downtown Miami and the Golden Glades interchange has come roaring back, according to data provided by FDOT.

In April 2021 (the most recent month with data available), a total of 36,100 cars used the I-95 express lanes travelling southbound into downtown Miami, with 33,000 using the northbound lanes.

Those traffic number were actually higher than April 2018, and just below April 2019 (they were far ahead of April 2020).

Brightline, which operates an express service from downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, has apparently taken notice.

In a survey sent out to customers this week, the company said it plans to resume service in the fourth quarter of 2021.

 

 

From the survey sent out to customers this week:

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Anonymous
5 months ago

Brightline must have Positive Train Control (PTC) prior to restarting service.
System testing is currently underway and could be completed this year.
Tri Rail must also have PTC fully implemented prior to establishing service.
They must also test the equipment for several months into MiamiCentral after PTC is operational.
These issues were discussed at the county’s Citizens Independent Transportation Trust meeting May 27th.

Anonymous
5 months ago

so how far are theyre into having PTC implemented

Living off A1A
5 months ago

Thank you for informing the readers. I was about to converse about PTC, but you beat me to the punch. TriRail & Brightline operate with two different technologies. TriRail, once authorized, will operate with BOTH PTC systems aboard. And during the Covid off-time, Brightline/AAF has been testing both PTC and signalization improvements. Without the possibility of “real profits” until phase 2, the Orlando segment, is completed. Until then the for-profit company is spinning it’s wheels… it needs the long-haul to meet its business model. Plus the completion of the in-fill stations.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The prime reason Brightline stopped operation was to implement a new PTC system which is 100% compatible with Tri Rail. The other system was a modification of the system previously used by the FEC railroad. The entire FEC line will be converted to the new system.
All these issues were discussed at the May 27th meeting (available at: https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/webcasting/home.page).

A new commuter line running on FEC with multiple stops from Miami Central to at least Aventura was also discussed.

Q Anonymous
5 months ago

i live in brickell, dying to have that rail option to wynwood, design district, aventura, etc

Anonymous
5 months ago

You mean you’d rather not take the metrorail to the Palmetto station? Lot’s to do there.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I live in Brickell and I’d rather have a Metromover extension to those areas and the beach.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Metromover from Brickell to Aventura would take over an hour lmao

Anonymous
5 months ago

“Metromover from Brickell to Aventura would take over an hour lmao”

Besides spouting something you can’t possibly know anything about, your attempt at humor is dull, stale, and very unfunny.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I live in Brickell and I want metromover to Walmart in Doral

Anonymous
5 months ago

I live in Brickell and I want to move to Hialeah

Anonymous
5 months ago

Extend Metromover to Haiti.

Anonymous
5 months ago

There could be And express lane without that many stops

Anonymous
5 months ago

Of course you would, because you don’t want to pay for it.

Anonymous
5 months ago

trirail needs to be allowed to operate as well to the brightline Miami downtown station

Anonymous
5 months ago

It is allowed. It spent $70+ million to have a platform there. The only reason it isn’t there yet, is because it hasn’t been certified by the feds re new auto braking safety requirements. That system has been installed but it hasn’t been certified yet.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Good luck with Joe Bonehead transplanted in the White House. It was him under Obozo which gave us the Miami Airport Amtrak station too short for the trains.

Anonymous
5 months ago

^ You mean to tell me that all these Trump loving supporters in Miami didn’t catch the mistake? Geez, what are they good for then?

lol…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Tri-rail had over 20 years to get it right.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The problem has never been Tri-Rail, but Florida East Coast Railway, which owns the tracks, and Miami-Dade, for doing nothing but “study” new transit corridors for decades, kicking the can.

Anonymous
5 months ago

We need a real and affordable commuting train

Anonymous
5 months ago

Good, but that wont be enough. Need the tri rail to get rolling into downtown, the 7 local stations in design district, wynwood, etc. to get built and become operational, metro mover extended North, metro rail extended up 27th, monorail built, and that still wont be enough to relieve all our traffic.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Glad to hear it will open. Most likely, it will open before Thanksgiving when the season starts.
I agree with more commuter trains, but air taxis will be the future. That has already started in some Cities abroad.

Shawn Kouri
5 months ago

Senseless. Why would they wait until the fourth quarter of 20 21 just start operations for their trains again.? Why would they suspend train service for so long.? They had late last year and early this year to restart some operations. They could’ve at least limited capacity on the trains. Car traffic is already bad enough to where they have no choice but to do nothing else but start train services right now. Look at how many people that have been vaccinated for COVID-19. OK.. and look at all those people coming down and moving here from New York, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, and most of all, California to live here permanently. They’re creating way way way way way more traffic than ever before. It’s already bad enough to where Miami cannot wait any longer for Brightline to start train services again. Trains need to start right now. They have to start right now. Somebody should create a petition to get them to start earlier. At least in June or July at the earliest. I mean come on now. Miami is already in deep trouble with cars and traffic and our road infrastructure is already facing A dark future because of traffic and all these cars. We’re not only need an expansion of the metro rail all the way down to Homestead and all the way north to Aventura and west to Doral, and expansion of bus lines, busways and transit centers for city buses all the way down to Homestead north to Aventura and all around Miami Dade County and more buses to expand the fleet of metro buses, and reduce the cost of parking in a parking spot in public areas but we also need to start train services for bright line like right now.. this is enough! Enough! Ok.. Enough is enough! Get these trains back up and running. Ok. No more!!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Well, if they resume service in October, that’s really not that far off.

Market Urbanist
5 months ago

Relax.

Anonymous
5 months ago

My guess for why they’re waiting until Q4: They don’t make money operating b/w Miami and WPB. Real revenue happens when Orlando opens, which is 1+ years off. So save the overhead in the meantime while you have an excuse, and that’s less cash out of pocket until they’re operational on the whole line up to Orlando.

These are the decision-drivers you’re stuck with when you don’t invest in a public transit system and let “the market” provide solutions to public policy issues.

Anonymous
5 months ago

And that’s “the market” with tens of millions of dollars in subsidies for the stations, mind you.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Exactly. Leisure travel from Orlando to Miami may be acceptable as private enterprise, but local transit should be run as a public entity, so the public and it’s chosen representatives can make these decisions.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Settle down Francis.

Afi K. James
5 months ago

i am ready for my return to south florida very soon.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why are they waiting to resume service? If people can sit on a plane, why not a train??

Anonymous
5 months ago

Would hope that they would start by Sept. 1st.

Anonymous
5 months ago

This would’ve been great if construction on Boca/Aventura ramped up over the past year and had been ready for end of 2021. But guess we’ll just keep waiting.

Anonymous
5 months ago

How are they planning to meet the requirements of positive train control between now and then? How will they demonstrate compliance to the federal government without any trains running?

Anonymous
5 months ago

Has Brightline actually finished construction of the platform for Tri-Rail in the downtown Miami station? Still working on punch list? I have not heard that Tri-Rail has accepted the work.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Dumbest thing ever in Miami, and Miami has done lots of dumb things. Obviously, this POS is not running because it loses less money parked. Good for the private investors. Miami/Florida/S. Florida needs transportation solutions, not ridiculous for-profit ventures targeting ill-informed tourists. This is not “part of the solution”. Attackers…..ready, set, go……