• Brightline Commuter Service Proposal for Miami-Dade

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Websites: Current Brightline
Virgin USA
Virgin UK

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  by HenryAlan
 
BandA wrote: Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:51 pm Thank you; I hadn't even considered fare control!! Tri-rail has zone fares and tap-on/tap-off with honor system / spot check, so no turnstyles / fare-control gates. With 5 separate platforms you need at least 10 elevators for ADA compliance (in case one goes out of service). If they had built island platforms they would only need 6 elevators.
It's a stub end terminal station, so you don't need elevators for each platform, only for the station concourse.
  by BandA
 
Oops, I thought the trains looped through to a yard or something! Platform-per-track might allow better control of passenger flow, clearer directions, or future fare gates.
  by Pensyfan19
 
EVERYONE: I think I might have found a big hint to what this commuter rail service will be called! I was just on Brightline's facebook page and there was an adertisement for a zoom meeting talking about the commuter service, and next to it is a blue SCB-44 which could read "Coastal" (I can't make out the second word under it). Does anyone have any information about the possible name and livery for this commuter service? Also, was anyone at this zoom meeting or know anyone who was who could give more info regarding this?
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  by Pensyfan19
 
I think the word under "Coastal" might be "Link", thus forming the words "Coastal Link", which would make sense for the route. Can anyone confirm that this is the name of Brightline's commuter service? Also, does anyone have any info regarding the livery which will be used for the service, other than the image I posted?
  by RRspatch
 
In just a fraction of a second Google coughed this link up -

http://tri-railcoastallink.com/

So it would appear that this is the new name for a proposed Tri-Rail service over the FEC. The question concerning the drawing is will Tri-Rail order Chargers or is this just a quick redo of the existing Brightline scheme?
  by Pensyfan19
 
RRspatch wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:49 pm In just a fraction of a second Google coughed this link up -

http://tri-railcoastallink.com/

So it would appear that this is the new name for a proposed Tri-Rail service over the FEC. The question concerning the drawing is will Tri-Rail order Chargers or is this just a quick redo of the existing Brightline scheme?
I don't think Tri-rail will be using chargers since this was posted on Brightline's facebook page; not Tri-Rail. Unless if Brightline will be operating Tri-Rail's Coastal Link instead of Tri-Rail itself.
  by Pensyfan19
 
It's official and approved! The Dade Board just voted to proceed with Brightline Commuter Rail, thus starting the first privately owned commuter rail route in the U.S. for decades.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/dade-board ... ne-tracks/
Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board voted to select commuter rail as the preferred option for a mass-transit project on the Brightline tracks.

The rail plan for the Northeast Corridor was approved at a meeting last week, according to Miami Today.

Trains will run between MiamiCentral in downtown Miami to Aventura.

According to a Brightline investor presentation from January, seven likely stations have been identified:
  • MiamiCentral (an existing intercity station)
  • Wynwood 27th Street
  • Design District 40th Street
  • El Portal 79th Street
  • North Miami 123rd Street
  • FIU Biscayne 151st Street
  • Aventura 196th Street (also a future intercity station)
  by Jeff Smith
 
Wow, gotta say that's surprising.
  by Pensyfan19
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:42 am Wow, gotta say that's surprising.
Agreed. Although I do feel that Brightline should focus their efforts on intercity routes rather than commuter service, this will definitely be interesting to see in service, based on their rolling stock, scheduling, branding, and direct competition with Tri-Rail. I'm not sure if this line will be shared with Tri-Rail since its along their proposed Coastal Link.
  by Bob Roberts
 
Today's rumor is that Brightline has reached an agreement with the county to extend commuter service to West Dade (Dolphin Mall park and ride) on CSX tracks.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/brightline ... iami-dade/

The rumor dovetails with previous Brightline statements about serving MIA
https://www.thenextmiami.com/brightline ... rport-fll/

(I have no idea about the reliability of this publication or story)
Last edited by Bob Roberts on Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by Rockingham Racer
 
This is not a new idea, but it's one worth pursuing I think. I remember hearing about this several years ago. And the date on the document is 2016.