6.6 C
London
Monday, May 25, 2020

Brightline prepares for imminent launch of Miami service

At 07:00 on Saturday May 19, the first Brightline train service will depart West Palm Beach for Miami Central station.

Stopping at Fort Lauderdale on route, the highly-anticipated inaugural service will arrive in Miami at 08:20 and mark the latest milestone for the United States’ first privately-owned train service since the 1980s – which launched back in January.

The first return service will depart Miami Central at 09:10 and arrive in West Palm Beach at 10:30 – not that there isn’t a reason to stay at the 11-acre intermodal site that the elevated station sits on, with a packed programme of events planned at the station for the service’s first weekend.

Brightline will initially operate eight services per day in both directions charging between $3-$5 for the first weekend.

The train company says there will also be complimentary parking and no added fees, such as checked baggage, as part of the launch.


Like this story? Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with rail industry news


Photo: Brightline.
Photo: Brightline.

Brightline CEO Patrick Goddard said: “South Florida has a vibrant economy and unique lifestyle – yet some of the nation’s worst traffic.

“We are making an unprecedented investment in Florida and the benefits can been seen today through job creation and the launch of Brightline and Miami Central.

“We believe that Miami Central will be a significant landmark in Miami for generations and Brightline will connect the state in ways that haven’t been done before.”

Miami Central station was built by Suffolk Construction and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with the help of Zyscovich.

Next on the agenda for Brightline is the expansion to Orlando International Airport. While much of the work at the station is complete, no opening date for this section has yet been set.


Read more: Brightline in the limelight as game-changing railway launches in the US


 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Brightline trains are very nice and yes the whole network isn’t electrified but these trains could be operated on Hydrogen rather than on diesel or possibly running on both diesel and hydrogen. Without the need to electrify the network. Unless there are plans to electrify the network and introduce new electric trains that will be operated on and to replace the current diesel fleets.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Rail News

RAIB published 2019 Annual Report

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its 2019 Annual Report. It was...

Past lives: Chris White (1942-2020)

Chris White was the epitome of the dedicated railwayman. Born in 1942, his parents ran a market gardening business in the Devon...

RIA’s Update 111 now available

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has published it latest quarterly magazine - Update 111. Normally only available to RIA...

DRS Class 88 electric loco runs up the East Coast main line for the first time.

One of Direct Rail Services’ all-electric Class 88 freight locomotives has run up the East Coast main line for the first time.

TransPennine Express donates on-board catering stock to worthy causes

With catering suspended on services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) and catering partner Rail Gourmet have been...

More like this...