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'Overwhelming Demand' For Brightline Tickets, Some Prices Increase

‘Overwhelming Demand’ For Brightline Tickets, Some Prices Increase

Brightline’s Select Cabins, which include food and other perks, have been regularly selling out on certain trains.

In response, the company has started charging $5 more for tickets. The price increase is only on weekend days, at least for now.

According to the Brightline website, prices for a Select Cabin ticket have increased from $15 to $20 at peak times on Saturdays and Sundays. On some trains, the fare class has been sold out entirely.

Select Cabin tickets include alcoholic beverages, snacks, and lounge access.

Ali Soule, Brightline’s Director, Public Affairs, said there has been “overwhelming demand” for the introductory fares being offered, prompting the increase.

Soule said that all tickets sold in Brightline’s standard train cars, called Smart Service, remain at the introductory $10 price for now.

The fare increase comes weeks before the main station at MiamiCentral has even opened. It is also less than a month after the service launched.

 

 

screenshot from early sunday morning. cabins sell as the day progresses:

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

So what we expected all along. This won’t really be for the local commuting market.. as it’ll be way priced out.

Jesus
Jesus

I agree but I disagree. TriRail is available for about $100 a month to the folks who can not afford Brightline. Besides, economics, simple economics that is, tells us that as demand for a service for a product or service increases, so does the price. This is a private company. If Microsoft raised the price of its xBox because there is increasing demand, that is the market working. Same for Brightline. Trirail is available for the mass market of consumers who are looking to be frugal.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Time is money. Brightline saves you time — from driving and taking the Trirail.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Mainly if your origin and destination are near the train station.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I dont think they ever thought it would be for commuters… That’s what the costal link is for. We’ll have to see how the monthly passes shake out

Anonymous
Anonymous

Regardless of who it’s “for”, it benefits everyone to take people off the road and put them onto trains. A healthy community should have a variety of mass transit options for tourists, commuters, etc.

mondocondo
mondocondo

Not such a great benefit if only on the weekends. Cheers.

Market Urbanist
Market Urbanist

Brightline isn’t catered towards the local commuting market. It does indicate the overwhelming demand for alternative transportation options, particularly along the I-95 corridor. The early success will tremendously help the push for the Coastal Link, which will cater to the local commuters.

Also, you have to admit that $15 for a ticket, plus food and alcoholic beverages, is way underpriced. You’d pay that much for parking at your desired destination. The promotion has served its purpose wonderfully.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

For only half the cost, you can pay express tolls on I-95.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hmmmm… I see, you are driving in the express lanes while boozing it up huh?

marc
marc

And doesn’t have to look for parking or even pay for it.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

That comment was loaded with sarcasm.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you really want train food?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I didn’t realize it still took 40 minutes to go from WPB to FTL?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Most of the runs are less than 40 minutes. The added time is because there is still some construction on the line that can slow the train down.

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

I hate to see the price of Miami – Orlando. More than a plane ticket I guess.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well, if you are not interested in riding this train once the Miami and Orlando stations are ready, why would you want to check out the price anyway?

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

Damn, 40 minutes from Ft Laud to WPB? The piublic bus does that

Anonymous
Anonymous

If it hits pedestrians it takes longer