Brightline’s trains are in such high demand that the company’s South Segment was profitable on an operating basis for the first time ever last month, according to the company’s chairman.
“We never really intended to make money on that segment on a standalone basis,” Brightline chairman Wes Edens told CNBC.
“A year ago we did about 70,000 rides in March, this year we did about 170,000,” Edens said.
The South Segment includes train service operating between Downtown Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach.
The company has said it is moving over newly arrived trainsets meant to service Orlando while testing for the new segment continues.
Current schedules show Brightline trains are departing MiamiCentral every 30 minutes during peak rush hour periods.
Edens said that the real goal of the service is connecting Miami and Orlando, and that will happen “in just a few short months.”
Brightline’s new Boca station: