Over 8,000 Passengers Ride Brightline During Opening Weekend

Brightline has arrived into Miami, and the station at MiamiCentral is now open.

Over 8,000 passengers were expected over opening weekend, COO Patrick Goddard told the Sun Sentinel. All seats were sold out on Saturday and Sunday.

Brightline is said to be the most advanced passenger train service in America, while MiamiCentral will eventually become a major retail, restaurant, residential and office hub in downtown Miami when the first phase of construction is completed.

The company has already invested $200 million in the second phase to Orlando, including land purchases, engineering, design, and permitting, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A Private Activity Bond sale to finance construction was delayed last week, one month after Miami’s own Senator Marco Rubio question the DOT allowing the funding (a lawsuit by governments from the Treasure Coast area is also pending).

 

360-degree view of one of the first trains into miami:

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suomynona
2 years ago

Ugh, Rubio.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh Liddle Marco. I’m a Republican and know he’s bending over for somebody when complaining about tax exemptions for PRIVATE development, and using the stupidity of people crossing the tracks when barriers are down as an argument. It’s not like he desperately needs Martin County for reelection either.

peej
2 years ago

Of course the trains were sold out when prices are discounted at a third the cost of the introductory pricing…

The real test comes when actual rates are revealed, including the weekly, monthly, and yearly discounts.

To be successful, they need weekend trains consistently scheduled to accompany happy hours, dinners, and entertainment options.

Now that they’ve partnered with Lyft, they should promote a discounted transfer rate for rides to/from Marlins Park.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you, Mr. (or Ms) Glasshalfempty

marc
2 years ago

It’s Captain Obvious to you sir.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Some people will use, others won’t. everything depends on where you live and work, and of course people’s level of masochism.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL, who uses Lyft? The parent company (Softbank) of FECI’s parent company (Fortress) owns a stake in Uber.

peej
2 years ago

Smart consumers check both. I’ll open Uber as a basis, but always compare the price (or ETA) against Lyft–you’d be surprised at the difference. Most drivers work for both companies, and I’ve found their services to be equilvalent.

I appreciate the ownership breakdown, but Lyft is now an official Brightline partner: https://miami.curbed.com/2018/5/15/17355864/brightline-names-lyft-as-exclusive-rideshare-partner-miami

I’d be glad to join with complaints that all discount codes offered by Uber or Lyft only benefit new users (who are few & far between at this point).

If they’re smart, the Brightline/Lyft service integration mentioned in the article I linked should include a discounted Lyft fare to encourage usage onward toward rider’s final destinations.

Swedish House Mafia
2 years ago

Everyone who uses Uber.. if you don’t, you’re dumb

LOL
2 years ago

People go to marlins park???

Anonymous
2 years ago

Haha, I’m famous.. Glad I could finally use my Gear360 for something

Anonymous
2 years ago

At $10 each way (Miami/Fort L) too expensive for those of us that work in downtown Fort L and live in Downtown Miami/Brickell. Gas and sun pass still much cheaper and you’re going against traffic so travel time difference is small

Anonymous
2 years ago

What makes it advanced? Genuinely curious.

Jesus
2 years ago

Maybe the private sector building it is all I could think about. There are better trains around Earth. We should’ve matched their ingenuity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Remember we are comparing it with Amtrak…

marc
2 years ago

It says “in America”.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Too slow
for the 21st Century
Where is the bullet train or the Maglev?

Anonymous
2 years ago

You can thank the oil and auto industry for building an infrastructure geared towards just that 40 years ago. America doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure or density ( except maybe northeast corridor) to justify maglev or bullet trains. I want it too trust me. You are not comparing apples to apples when it comes to bullet trains. In Japan and europe, the infrastructure was built decades ago with trains in mind vs cars. Over here, it was the other way around. This is as good as its gonna get barring some trillion dollar major overhaul on US infrastructure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Look they are doing and saying everything that thay can to try and save a over priced train that we already had ……its all about government money that was sitting just waiting for the taking in the end when it’s all done it will go bellie up and Florida tax payers will be left with the bill in some way and a not bullit train…….

Anonymous
2 years ago

how much tax money is brightline getting?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Brightline is a boondoggle. Tax exempt bonds it doesn’t qualify for. A complete shell game regarding mass transportation solution. Very sad that Miami cannot even begin to measure up to a mass transit system even comparable to cities like Atlanta or DC. Miami is all about developers and private interests. The city is not investing nor has it ever in infrastructure for the people who work/live here or real industry that may/could consider locating here. Anyone who thinks Brightline is GREAT is either a shill, a junior high-school student, a developer, a business owner downtown that will directly benefit, or just a dummy. Complete sham.