‘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
3 years ago

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

Jesus
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Market Urbanist
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

marc
3 years ago

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

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

That comment was loaded with sarcasm.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you really want train food?

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

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
3 years ago

Probably more, but that’s not a surprise.

See London – Paris Train:
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/02/can-this-european-high-speed-train-compete-with-airlines/553061/

Anonymous
3 years ago

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

Anonymous
3 years ago

If it hits pedestrians it takes longer