Progress for the launch of the Brightline train service in Florida comes in many forms – from the construction of the train stations and the trains to the maintenance facility and improvements to the rail corridor. Another facet of the work we are doing is helping to establish Quiet Zones along the Florida East Coast…
Eight Reasons to Leave Your Car Behind
October 20, 2016
Did you know that 86 percent of Americans drive to work? Did you also know, according to a number of studies, driving is the most stressful mode of commuting, but often remains the most common one out of necessity? Fortunately for residents of South Florida, Brightline is a new inter-city express train that will provide a reliable alternative come next summer.
Designed for comfort and packed with tons of cool features, Brightline is a train like you’ve never seen before. It will connect the South Florida cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in record time while also giving people time to relax, read and socialize.
As we learned in our Cost of Driving Blog, an average commute from Miami to Fort Lauderdale (or vice versa) during peak times will typically take at best an hour and at worst close to two hours. Driving from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach will typically take at least an hour or more. And if you are making the trek from Miami to West Palm Beach, be prepared to spend at least two hours in your vehicle.
Brightline will move between Fort Lauderdale and Miami in 30 minutes and between West Palm Beach and Miami in 60 minutes. It will have frequent, reliable and on time departures. No unexpected delays. No stress.
Why leave your car behind? Below are a few ideas to work or play while you travel, care free and car free.
- Stay connected – With powerful, free WiFi and convenient power and USB outlets at every seat, Brightline will always keep you fully charged and connected. Want to get some work done, catch up with friends or simply surf the web? No problem-you’re not driving!
- Get your social media fix – Chances are, browsing and posting on your personal social media accounts isn’t a part of your job. Help resist the urge to check your news feeds and notifications at work by doing it to your heart’s content during your commute. Leave the train satisfied and be more productive throughout the rest of your day!
- Talk to your neighbor – According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, bus and train commuters reported more positive experiences when they connected with other riders than when they kept to themselves. You never know the interesting people you might meet in your community and the stories they have to share. You could walk away with a new friend!
- Exercise your brain – Instead of zoning out or mindlessly thumbing through Instagram, use a book or puzzle to warm up for or cool down from a long day in “work mode.” Brain games like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, reading and writing can help delay dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and protect the brain from decline. And without having to focus on the road, there is more time to focus on you.
- Let music set the tone – Have a hard time getting motivated in the morning? Get your energy levels going with a “wake up” playlist. According to music psychologist and Cambridge PhD candidate, David M. Greenberg, songs with strong beats (with a BPM of approximately 100-130) will get you moving and further the feel good mood. Looking to unwind after a long day? A number of studies have shown relaxing music can help to decrease anxiety. So close your eyes, stretch your legs and sit back in one of those comfortable Brightline seats.
- Chill out – Brightline trains are specially crafted for a smooth and quiet ride, making them the perfect place to decompress after a long day at work. With giant windows with great views from every seat, put down the smartphone for a minute and just enjoy the scenery!
- Unplug and recharge – Spending some time tech-free can benefit our mental and physical health, and it might make your commute more pleasant. Instead of checking your email and Twitter, texting friends, or making work calls, try powering down your phone until you get home or to the office. Once it becomes a habit, you may actually come to look forward to this tech-free time to read, meditate, reflect, or just be mindful.
- Get your step count up – Commuting by bus or train incorporates the beneficial effects of being physically active as most journeys will involve walking to the station or stop. By combining your Brightline commute with biking or walking, the little difference in physical exercise can actually make a big difference in your health. And with bike storage and spacious cars, Brightline makes it easy for you to make the most out of your commute!
Reframing the way you view the trip and trying some of these healthy tips can turn your commute from a twice-daily source of stress into a peaceful time to yourself between the demands of work and home.
Take Brightline and take back your commute.
On To The Next Stop...
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