All aboard the Brightline! In case you haven’t heard, the Brightline train is now officially connecting South Florida residents to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future stops all the way down to Miami.
Here’s what we know about the train, and what West Palm Beach residents can look forward to.
Wait–What’s the Brightline?
Brought to Florida residents by All Aboard Florida, Brightline is a benchmark for train travel in America. All Aboard Florida is part of Florida East Coast Industries, the parent company of successful operations in real estate, transportation and infrastructure.
The Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the United States, with the purpose of connecting people to places and new experiences of South Florida. The train provides express service connecting passengers to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with stops in Miami coming soon and planned future service north to Orlando. The experience has a blend of premium train travel and hospitality that makes the ride an experience like no other.
How Does it Work?
Currently, the Brightline train offers tickets in three ways:
- Individual a-la-carte tickets
- Packs of one-way rides that are completely transferable so you can share
- Passes of unlimited rides, where the more you ride, the more you save
To boost excitement about the train’s initial routes, the company is also running special offers and promo codes on the website for people looking to score a good deal on their first ride. (Get yours here!)
What Does This Mean for Commuters from West Palm Beach to Miami?
The Brightline train will offer ease of access from West Palm Beach to Miami in sixty minutes. Traveling for business in South Florida? With this new rail system, you can skip the traffic and get your time back. What’s more, Brightline offers free Wi-Fi at the stations and aboard the trains.
While the initial run for the train is between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, the service will eventually run from Miami to Orlando. Here’s a quick update on the remaining planned stops:
- MiamiCentral: Brightline is working to complete construction by the spring so the trains can add another 30-minute ride between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
- Orlando: Upgrading railroad tracks between West Palm Beach and Cocoa Beach, and laying new tracks between Cocoa and Orlando International Airport is expected to begin later this year. Brightline executives said their trains should be making the three-hour trip to Orlando by late 2020.
Brightline’s Impact on West Palm Beach Real Estate
Studies have generally shown increases in home values within close proximity to train stations, and many buyers seek homes that make commuting to and from work easier. We’re expecting a similar impact on neighborhoods within a short drive within the Downtown West Palm Beach, El Cid, Grandview Heights, Flamingo Park, and Northwood neighborhoods.
With additional times added to accommodate the pending addition of the Miami stop just last week, once all the stops are open and running, a trip between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale will run between 30 and 40 minutes. It will take another 30 to 40 minutes to travel between Fort Lauderdale and Miami once the MiamiCentral station opens. Want to see the whole Brightline train schedule? Click here.
Have you booked tickets on the Brightline train yet? We’d love to hear your how trip went!