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Brightline DELAYS 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 has been delayed.


Brightline unveils new Train Station at Orlando International Airport

The stage was set for Brighline to begin passenger service between two of the fastest-growing regions in the state, Central and South Florida on September 1.


Sadly, the launch of this new rail service has been delayed, not surprising really considering the massive effort it has taken to make this new transport link happen, and what's a few more days to wait in the grand scale of things?


Brigtline say that due to delays with the final stages of certification and crew testing, the inaugural service on Sept. 1 will not run as planned, and anyone who has booked tickets from Sept. 1 - 6 will be offered a refund, and a credit for a future journey given.


Customers affected should have already received an email notifying them of the change. Customers with any questions are urged to visit Brightline’s help center by clicking here.


With service now due to launch on Sept. 7, passenger can purchase tickets for travel between Orlando and South Florida for travel from Sept. 7 2023 onwards.



When the service does launch, 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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