We’re getting closer to the opening of the Orlando Airport Brightline train!
The expansion from West Palm Beach to Orlando is 90% complete, the final train in the fleet has arrived in Central Florida, and the Orlando Airport station will be opening soon. And now, we’ve got more updates about when we might be able to experience it.
The Brightline station at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) is gearing up to open its doors, and company president Patrick Goddard recently answered some questions from the Orlando Business Journal about the project and its progress.
According to Goddard, much of the infrastructure is already in place and it feels like they’re “at the finish line.”
He continued that tickets will go on sale “soon enough” and that right now in Brightline’s South Florida market, average fares are between $15 and $100 depending on the time of day and class of service selected. Goddard says next-day airfare from Orlando to Miami can be $150-$180 one way, and added, “We’ll be a lot less than that.” We’re watching the Brightline site carefully and will let you know as soon as we see tickets to Orlando available.
Much of the train’s business is expected to come from the business community, as that’s what they’ve seen in South Florida. As of now, they have “identified 150 companies with a 20,000-employee population that have a need to commute between South Florida and Central Florida.”
The trains are expected to carry around 3 million passengers per year, with that number increasing as more trains are added. Goddard says that ultimately, the system will carry 6 to 7 million passengers per year.
The Brightline train station at the Orlando Airport will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony in April. That is for the station only though. Again, service between South Florida and Orlando isn’t expected to start until the second quarter of 2023.
And work continues on the path the train will then take through Orlando. The Sunshine Corridor plan is the current strategy. It would have Brightline share a corridor with the existing SunRail service, and it would make stops (potentially) at the Orange County Convention Center and South International Drive. A potential stop “near” Disney World has also been discussed. The plan is then to eventually connect with Tampa (if possible).
We’ll keep watching for more updates from Brightline, so stay tuned to DFB for all the latest updates.
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What are your thoughts on the Brightline train to Orlando? Let us know in the comments.
Will brightline go direct to the Orlando airport from south Florida or are they going to stop point in between?
I would definitely take this train, especially if going on a Disney Cruise Line ship that departed from Miami.
@janette Currently no stops between West Palm and MCO. There is an anticipated stop for Cocoa along US-1 in the future.
@DFB FYI, April IS in Q2.