Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:32 pm
The fact remains that Brightline (FL) simply "wasn't making numbers", and who knows what's ahead for it post-COVID.
This is due to the fact of Brightline, as of pre-COVID, only ran between West Palm Beach and Miami, basically the same corridor as the existing Tri-Rail but on a parallel line and with fewer stations. Not to mention, it only ran between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale for a few months. Brightline likely didn't ¨make the numbers¨ since it runs parallel to a well-known existing commuter route, and did not open its extension to Orlando, DIsney World or Tampa yet. Once it goes beyond the region which Tri-Rail serves, then it will have greater traveling opportunities for customers and will significantly increase ridership. ALso keep in mind that while Brightline is shut down, they´re still working on their Orlando extension, expected to be completed by late 2021 or 2022, and (up until yesterday) are planning to serve the most sought after corridors which currently has no passenger service. Once these routes are open, Brightline will be able to serve two large regions and have high ridership. Basic economics.
"Look down, step over, and watch the gap!" - Dr. John Clarke, The Gap Rap (2010)