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All Aboard! Brightline announces launch date for inaugural Orlando to South Florida rail service

The brand new trail link between the new Orlando station at Orlando International Airport and various stops in South Florida including Miami is ready to depart.


All Aboard! Brightline announces launch date for inaugural Orlando to South Florida rail service

The highly anticipated new rail passenger service linking Central and South Florida is getting ready to depart!


After a double delay, Brightline has announced that the inaugural service to and from Orlando will launch on September 22.


The new Brightline service was first scheduled to begin on September 1, but on August 7, the company announced the launch would be delayed.. On August 30, Brightline again said the service had to be delayed.


"Opening Orlando fulfills our ultimate business model. We have seen incredible enthusiasm from the business and tourism industries eager to travel between Central and South Florida," said Brightline President Patrick Goddard. "As we start service to Orlando for peak holiday seasons, I encourage everyone to check calendars, make plans, visit our website or app and reserve a seat now."


For more information, or to book, visit Brightline's website.



When the service launches, it will include 16 daily round trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando, with the non-stop trains having a run time between Miami and Orlando of two hours and 59 minutes.


Regular service from Orlando to Miami will stop at all Brightline stations including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura.


Brightline offer two offers two classes of service on the new service, SMART and PREMIUM .


Brightline’s PREMIUM service provides complimentary drinks and snacks in a dedicated lounge and train coach.


One-way SMART fares start at $79 and one-way PREMIUM fares are priced from $149.



Brand new Brightline trains offer travellers spacious leather seats with plenty of legroom, access to complimentary, high-speed wifi, charging ports at every seat and multiple food and beverage stations onboard.


Guests will also find a designated place for bikes and ample room throughout coaches for carry-on storage.


Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport

With Brightline’s signature yellow and spacious lounges, the new Orlando station at Orlando International Airport is the perfect backdrop for a new era of passenger rail that will connect Central and South Florida.


Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport

The new station is meticulously designed and built through the lens of today’s modern traveler. The 37,350 square foot station is located in Orlando International Airport’s new 80,000 sq. ft. Train Station facility adjacent to Terminal C.


The Train Station connects directly to the airport’s Parking Garage C, which will have more than 350 parking spaces branded for Brightline guests. The Train Station provides direct access to the other airport terminals A and B via the airport Terminal Link (automated people mover) in under five minutes. Transportation and mobility options at the Orlando Station include Brightline’s first and last-mile service, Brightline+, which will cater to the unique needs of the Orlando visitor.


The guest journey begins at the main entrance, located off the airport’s expansive two-story glass atrium. Once inside the station, passengers can purchase tickets from guest services or one of several self-service kiosks, and check luggage before proceeding through touchless turnstiles into the security screening tunnel.


Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport

Once through the security tunnel, guests are greeted by an expansive two-story station space, featuring world-class amenities Brightline is known for, including:


Mary Mary Bar, serving hand-crafted cocktails and light bites. The signature sit-down bar is positioned at the far end of the station with a stunning panoramic view overlooking the train platforms where guests can leisurely watch as trains arrive and depart.


Above the Mary Mary bar is an iconic, split-flap message board that can rotate alphanumeric text and/or graphics to form a message. A nostalgic nod to historic train stations, the split-flap will provide updated train schedules, boarding times, news of the day and other announcements complete with sounds reminiscent of the first passenger train stations in America.


MRKT PLACE is a retail experience with convenient in-station shopping for last-minute gifts, sundries and refreshments.


Brightline offers two classes of service, SMART and PREMIUM. Brightline’s PREMIUM service includes complimentary meals, snacks and beverages, a dedicated first class lounge, free checked luggage, priority boarding and a dedicated coach.


Throughout the station, all guests will have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations at every seat, 87 big screen televisions and a BrightKids children’s play area located in the SMART lounge.


Passengers will access trains by escalator or elevator to first level platforms.


These platforms are 1,000 feet long and can accommodate a train with up to 10 coaches and two locomotives.


Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport

Additional details of Brightline’s opening schedule include:


Weekdays

  • Hourly southbound departures from Orlando to Miami starting at 5:00 a.m. until 8:50 p.m.

  • First southbound train from Orlando arrives in Miami at 8:30 a.m.

  • Hourly northbound departures from Miami to Orlando starting at 6:50 a.m. until 9:45 p.m.

  • First northbound train from Miami arrives in Orlando at 10:15 a.m.

Weekends

  • Hourly southbound departures from Orlando to Miami starting at 5:00 a.m. until 8:50 p.m.

  • First southbound train from Orlando arrives in Miami at 8:30 a.m.

  • Hourly northbound departures from Miami to Orlando starting at 5:45 a.m. until 9:45 p.m.

  • First northbound train from Miami arrives in Orlando at 9:15 a.m.


Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport

Additional dedicated trains will continue to serve commuters and the South Florida region between Miami and West Palm Beach with early morning departures at 5:00 a.m. from West Palm Beach and late night departures until 12:45 a.m. out of Miami.


Brightline unveils new Train Station at Orlando International Airport

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