Posted 14 April 2018 - 01:01 PM
Also, something to bear in mind is that the commuter service would act as a "feeder" for the Orlando service and the presumed service to Jacksonville. In particular, I'd note that in Brightline's more aggressive projections, the FLL-WPB segment looked like it was rather "over capacity", so bleeding off some of the local traffic might help save space there (so you don't block out MIA/FLL-Orlando pax with FLL-WPB pax). Also worth considering is that any agreement would probably give Brightline the ability to stop at several of the stations of their choosing (they've indicated that they want the right to stop at six stations in South Florida in negotiations with Tri-Rail).
Another thing I think they should advertise once the extension to Orlando opens is the fact that the West Palm Beach station is within walking distance from the Tri-Rail/Amtrak station, so connections could be made to local stations on Tri-Rail from Orlando.
That may well come up. TBH they should consider running a shuttle of some sort: At the risk of losing some business MIA/FLL-WPB (and some parking revenue), I think the number of folks who are going to be inclined to meet the "wrong" train out of Miami to save a few bucks is likely to, at peak hours, be far outweighed by folks who either couldn't get a ticket or who're traveling from one of the other stations. Also, it would allow a "full" transfer from Miami International (where Tri-Rail terminates) to Orlando International, and I think there is a market for that, depending on faring rules and the like.
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