Brightline Wants To Sell Rail & Fly Tickets, Add Station At FLL & PortMiami

Virgin Trains USA (formerly Brightline) may soon allow you to buy a ticket from downtown Miami with a connection to airlines at Fort Lauderdale or Orlando Airport, similar to the Rail & Fly tickets sold in Europe.

The company is planning interline agreements with all major airlines, including American, Jetblue and Southwest. The plans were revealed in a roadshow presentation for a $1.5 billion bond offering, according to FlightGlobal.

Virgin Trains will begin service to Orlando Airport in the third quarter of 2022. The station will be inside the airport’s South Terminal, with no connection required.

A new stop at Fort Lauderdale Airport is said to be in active negotiations (although a spokesperson for FLL said there hasn’t been anything recently). Virgin Trains’ tracks run already run within airport grounds.

The Virgin Trains travel time from Miami to Orlando will be 3 hours and 15 minutes. The company expects 6.6 million annual passengers on the route.

According to the prospectus, Virgin is also studying stations at PortMiami and Disney World, and is also planning an extension to Tampa.

 

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Anonymous

The more connections, the better.

Anonymous

connections to transit hubs.. we don’t need another tri-rail

Ben

Why not?

Anonymous

I just hope it maintains its speed and I’m sure not every trains final destination will be the port of Miami.

Anonymous

Or a shuttle between port of Miami and Miami central…

Anonymous

Just let them take over tri rail. They will run it a lot better than the current bureaucrats and probably a lot cheaper.

Anonymous

Source?

Anonymous

fox News

Anonymous

FAUX news

Anonymous

I think news should be in quotes :p

Anonymous

Let me guess where you get your news, HuffPaint and Don Lemonhead on the Clinton “News” Network?

Anonymous

Let me guess.. you’re a “Faux Snooze” and “Rusty Limblah” connoisseur?

FuThSh

What’s wrong with TriRail? I ride it frequently and it’s very reliable.

Anonymous

Old and ugly, maybe?

Anonymous

I didn’t know your mother was a train.

Anonymous

Ahhh ! poor millennial- Tri Rail is too old and ugly for you?

Anonymous

I didn’t know that Brightline/Virgin was trying to take over Tri-rail?

Anonymous

Sure about that? If Brightline with its current startu stats, financial and ridership-wise, was a govt led operation, most on here would be blasting it daily and calling for the heads of the officials. But it is a ‘corporation’ so different rules for the church eh? I am not even saying that the slow ramp up and need for sufficient time to be established is not necessary – just saying the weird worship of corporations’ execution of projects in this country is laughable. Blast ‘governments’ while worship corporations, be a slave to them, drink their Kool-aid then ironically get governed by them in turn. Brainless.

brainless worshiping slave drinkers

You’re a great fit for Socialism

anon

Was lucky to try the new heavy rail from downtown Denver to the airport recently with a light rail connection to a suburb, and it was great! Hope here is able to do the same, at least for the downtown Miami residents. Only wish that I could hop on a train from Miami Beach to downtown Miami to catch the airport train, as even a connecting train would be better than the traffic now on the McCarthur or highways to FLL. I can’t believe w/ all the new bridge construction they aren’t putting in a fixed path transit system to the beach – feels like downtown is the new future and the beach is being left behind.

Anonymous

Nah.. blame the nimbys and some politicians on Miami Beach for the constant bickering about any kind of mass transit system proposal.

Anonymous

Miami Beach is still stuck in the 1970s.

Anonymous

Poor delusional Anon!!!!

Anonymous

There you go, making sense again.

Anonymous

I’ve been to the airport in Denver and to be honest, Denver’s airport is at least 35 to 50 miles from the city (if not, it sure seems like it). You may have to put up with traffic in Miami but it really doesn’t take that long to get from MIA to Miami Beach by car.

Anonymous

What every high-speed rail needs. More stops.

Yet Another Anonymous

(15 minutes)

Anonymous

How would the train get from Miami Central to Port Miami?

Anonymous

Magic

Anonymous

The only way I can think it has to head back north, past switches, then head the other direction to the port?

Anonymous

There’s an existing single freight track that goes to the port. I don’t know how close it is to the passenger terminals, likely a shuttle with bags & all.
The trains would either have to bypass Miami Central, or go up a small distance then back into the terminal.

Anonymous

Probably the best way would be to have certain southbound trains bypass Miami Central and head straight into the port. By “certain” I mean maybe 1 or 2 during peak departure days/times, such as Saturday/Sunday in the early afternoons. And maybe one or two northbound trains beginning their journey from the port instead of Miami Central (again, certain peak days in the mornings). I’ll leave it to the people running the train to figure out logistics and right-of-way on the track.

Anonymous

no on is going to take this f-ing train to the port with all your luggage for a cruise, much easier to uber. there main focus should be to get this train built to run to Orlando already, tahts what everyone was excited about

Anonymous

How dare you cal this an f-ing train

Anonymous

Freight track currently in place from port to Central. Within a few feet, on the East side, of central, actually.

Anonymous

yes then what, how are you lugging luggage from Train to the other side of terminal for boarding?

Anonymous

You can use a Lyft

Anonymous

the tracks are there already for freight trains –

Anonymous

BL is saying and announcing a lot of stuff. 90% turns out to be a lie.

Anonymous

When are they going to rebrand to “Virgin Trains”? They don’t seem to be in any rush and are still heavily promoting the “Brightline” name (which is fine with me — it’s a way better name).

Anonymous

I like the Brightline name as well.

Anonymous

Whats with all the name changes, Museum Park to Morris Ferre Park, and this….

Anonymous

From miami.cbslocal.com:
“[as mayor] he spearheaded the purchase of Bayfront property to preserve green space in Miami’s urban core.”
So the honor is related to something he actually did.

Anonymous

Cool. Did he use his own money?

Anonymous

Good question. I liked Ferre when he was Miami’s Mayor. He was instrumental in putting Miami on the map. However I prefer the original name (Museum Park), just as I prefer the original name of the now Perez Museum.

Yet Another Anonymous

3 hours and 15 minutes now.

Anonymous

you are also forgetting a proposed stop around ft pierce that they will build as well and which is associated to the lawsuits that were filed for the proposed extension to Orlando

Anonymous

some trains will be direct others will have that stop.

Mario Alboniga

Do it!
We need it to be efficient!
Period!

Anonymous

It’s only 1 hour from Miami to Orlando on Brightline versus 6 hours driving.

Anonymous

That’s amazing since it’s an hour and 45 minutes just from Miami to West Palm. So negative time thereafter. Amazing.

Anonymous

Get your math right maybe 4 hours car and 3 1/4 train

Anonymous

Turnpike or I95 takes 6 hours to drive from Miami to Orlando, plus rental car agencies take another 3 hours before you get a vehicle. So it’s about 9 hours to drive and only one hour to take the Brightline from Miami to Orlando