Brightline Ridership Number-Crunching and Analysis

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  1. May 21, 2019 #51

    cbustrains

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    April 2019 results are out and they don't look pretty:

    "For the month ended April 30, 2019, we carried 71,308 passengers and generated total revenue of approximately $1.8 million. Daily trips by commuters and frequent business travelers continued to grow in the month of April, while leisure-oriented ridership was lower due to lower seasonal event activity. In addition, we ran a reduced train schedule to allow for installation of signaling system upgrades associated with federally-mandated positive train control."

    https://emma.msrb.org/ES1269861-ES993909-ES1395346.pdf

    Does anyone have an idea of how much of a reduced train schedule occurred in April?

    It seems that Virgin Trains USA is consistently releasing the monthly reports around the 18-20th of the following month. They also released a Construction Report stating that construction has commenced on the North Segment (West Palm Beach to Orlando) and will begin revenue service on that line in "approximately three years."
     
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  2. May 21, 2019 #52

    chrsjrcj

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    I honestly can say I’m not surprised. They started running a couple flash sales during April, and I even received a sales pitch for considerable discounts on their commuter passes.

    They ran another flash sale today for up to 55% off in Smart for travel later this week.

    As far as the reduced schedule, I seem to remember a Sunday or two where trains didn’t run all the way to Miami due to PTC installation.

    I suspect May will rebound because of the $5 tickets this past weekend. There were a few sold out trains according to the booking site. Of course, that doesn’t look good from a revenue perspective, but I suppose they’re trying to get butts in the seats to sell them on the product first.
     
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