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Brightline added a couple additional trains today.

 

SB Departures now on the half hour, with an additional 6 am and 7 am southbound trip.                                                                                                                             

NB Departures are now 40 minutes past the hour (I think it was 13 minutes past before), with an additional 5:10 pm northbound trip.                                             

Weekend schedules also added a 3rd trainset (possible now that the Polar Express is no longer running). This allows for some hourly service, mixed between mostly every other hour service. 

Still missing is the 12:30 pm SB trip (previously 1:00 pm) that turns to the 2:40 pm NB trip (previously 3:13 pm). I have seen Brightline trains deadhead to the yard around lunchtime, so I imagine there is an operational reason for this. 

Edited by chrsjrcj

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I poked at the schedules.  What you effectively have is the effective addition of two southbound peak-hour trains and the addition of one peak-hour northbound train (the latter accompanied by a "stretching" of the schedule slightly in the morning).  Also, the train between 2040 and 2310 moves around between 2140 and 2240 (likely depending on sports schedules).

The new schedule probably works a little bit better, with three trains for the "morning rush" south (0630, 0700, 0730) and three for the "evening rush" north (1640, 1710, 1740) which also seem to be timed a little bit better than the old timetable equivalents (0800 skewed just a little bit on the late side SB, getting into Miami after 0900, while 0600 was just a little bit too early; having only 1713 (now 1710) north at the peak (1613 being workable-but-a-hair-early and 1813 being rather on the late side)).

I'm taking this as a positive development even as it represents a break from a more-or-less pure "clock" model.  I'm glad that they were able to take steps to accommodate peak-hour demand (even if I think they'll ultimately need an extra set or two vs their plans to properly handle it in the long run).

Another quirk: One train in the morning "pulse" is showing with only three cars (two Smart, one Select) available, with the normal allowance for SmartPlus.  I cannot find any equivalent train later in the day, so I don't know if this is some sort of booking quirk or if they're holding one car for commuter passholders.

Edit: It looks like they're holding coach four on the 0700 SB and 1710 NB trains for these pax.  Coach four is "missing" from both trains and coaches 1-3 correspond to the "standard" coaches 1-3.

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Can someone explain why they don't have train numbers? I mean I get that they only have three or four consists in use at a given time, and that there are currently only three stops, but it still gets confusing/tedious to have to figure out which train is which. For example, let's say I am taking the 12:00 from West Palm to Miami, and want to meet up with a friend who is boarding in Fort Lauderdale. To really make sure we're on the same train, I either have to pull up the Brightline schedule and see when my train departs Fort Lauderdale, or search for WPB-FLL in the booking engine, and from there determine what time my train departs FLL, and therefore which train my friend has to pick. I'll concede that that's not the end of the world, but it would just be much easier if each train was numbered.

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Brightline does have train numbers (I once caught a glimpse of an internal timetable), but they are only used internally.  If I recall correctly, the numbers start at 201.

I can't blame them for not using numbers in public, at least while they're fiddling with the timetable. It would be very confusing for plenty of people if those numbers kept changing (like with the latest change...do they renumber half of the trains or have a few "screwball" trains with "wrong" numbers?).  I suspect that numbers may get used once they extend service to Orlando. 

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Anderson- According to a post on FB, Brightline has a trainset with only 3 coaches instead of 4 due to an incident with an automobile. 

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1 hour ago, chrsjrcj said:

Anderson- According to a post on FB, Brightline has a trainset with only 3 coaches instead of 4 due to an incident with an automobile. 

An automobile crashed into the side of a Brightline train in Boca Raton last week damaging one car, which is temporarily grounded as repairs are made, and that consist is running one car short. But the timetable was prepared before that happened. So I am not sure that the two are connected.

OTOH, Brightline reservation system is quite dynamic, and it will reflect the effect of using the shorter train in its rotation on seat availability accurately.

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1 hour ago, chrsjrcj said:

Anderson- According to a post on FB, Brightline has a trainset with only 3 coaches instead of 4 due to an incident with an automobile. 

That sort-of makes sense, but I'm still a little surprised that there's no other frequency using that set.  Mid-afternoon would be a good time to use it based on my data from September. 

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The consist involved was Bright Blue. The car involved is Coach 4. In the reservation system it is showing up either as absent or sold out on all turns that uses this consist, until the car is repaired and restored to the consist. Damage to the underskirt and a truck.

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18 hours ago, jis said:

The consist involved was Bright Blue. The car involved is Coach 4. In the reservation system it is showing up either as absent or sold out on all turns that uses this consist, until the car is repaired and restored to the consist. Damage to the underskirt and a truck.

Bright Blue, huh? That sort of hits close to home. :unsure:

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Bright Blue, huh? That sort of hits close to home. :unsure:

Indeed it does, doesn’t it?

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On 1/5/2019 at 10:27 PM, jis said:

An automobile crashed into the side of a Brightline train in Boca Raton last week damaging one car, which is temporarily grounded as repairs are made, and that consist is running one car short. But the timetable was prepared before that happened. So I am not sure that the two are connected.

OTOH, Brightline reservation system is quite dynamic, and it will reflect the effect of using the shorter train in its rotation on seat availability accurately.

You mean "Train cuts off car on road causing accident! Was conductor who was driving responsible for deliberate road rage? News at 11!"

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