PRESS RELEASE_MIAMI – May 11, 2018 –Brightline, Florida’s new hospitality-focused express intercity passenger rail service, announces introductory service into MiamiCentral, the new 11-acre intermodal development in the heart of downtown Miami, will begin Saturday, May 19. This transformative passenger rail system will soon connect West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and open with a launch of eight northbound and eight southbound trips per day.
Today members of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including Chairman Bill Shuster, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, joined by Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lieutenant Governor Carlos López-Cantera, and South Florida elected officials, participated in the preview ride between the three stations and celebrated the opening of MiamiCentral with a ribbon cutting commemorating the historic moment.
"In 1896, Henry Flagler built a passenger rail that paved the way for the Miami we know and love today,” said Wes Edens, co-founder, principal and co-chief executive officer of Fortress Investment Group. “We’re proud to continue that legacy with Brightline and MiamiCentral, which are transformative assets for the city and state of Florida. As the first privately-funded passenger train in over 100 years, this innovative model can be replicated to connect many corridors across our nation.”
The highly-anticipated extension to Miami will link the already operating service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline is launching with introductory fares, complimentary parking and waiving added fees, like checked baggage, during the initial launch. Tickets in Smart Service range between $10 and $15 per segment, and tickets in Select Service range between $15 and $25 per segment.
During the first weekend of service, Brightline guests are invited to MiamiCentral for a Welcome to the 305 Celebration. On Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, guests can enjoy $3 fares in Smart Service and $5 fares in Select Service.
“South Florida has a vibrant economy and unique lifestyle - yet some of the nation’s worst traffic,” said Patrick Goddard, president and chief operating officer of Brightline. “We are making an unprecedented investment in Florida and the benefits can been seen today through job creation and the launch of Brightline and MiamiCentral. We believe that MiamiCentral will be a significant landmark in Miami for generations and Brightline will connect the state in ways that haven’t been done before.”
MiamiCentral was planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms in the world, with Zyscovich serving as the project’s Associate Architect and Planner. The Brightline and future Tri-Rail stations are elevated 50’ above downtown Miami. The station is located at 600 NW 1stAvenue and is accessible for guests at the street entrance located at the corner of NW 1stAvenue and NW 6thStreet. The parking garage can be entered at 161 NW 6thStreet. Adding to the intermodal convenience, is easy connection to the Metromover and Metrorail located at 101 NW 1stStreet. Tri-Rail will be connected to MiamiCentral beginning in 2019.
The trains are 100 percent Buy America compliant and were assembled by more than 1,000 employees at Siemens USA in Sacramento, California. More than 40 suppliers in over 20 states supplied the components for the state-of-the-art trainsets. Construction on Phase 2, connecting to the Orlando International Airport, will begin in 2018.
Brightline makes it easy for guests to seamlessly personalize and book their travel experience, check train times and ride. Bookings to Miami are open and full schedule details are available on the Brightline appand www.gobrightline.com. Guests can purchase tickets in the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. MiamiCentral will open to the public on Saturday, May 19.
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