The fall and holiday season in our region is full of popular annual events that attract crowds, and beginning next year you won’t have to deal with South Florida traffic and parking while attending these marquee happenings. Brightline’s passenger trains will provide easy access with frequent service. Many of the events are within walking distance…
The Last Mile: From Train to Destination
November 16, 2016
Once in service in 2017, Brightline will provide an express, safe, relaxing, intercity train travel option for commuters and vacationers in one of the most populous and visited regions of the United States. With stations in the heart of downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, it will facilitate improved access to cultural and entertainment destinations in each of these cities and throughout South Florida as a whole.
Each South Florida train station served by Brightline is strategically located near local transportation options, providing passengers convenient access to the top destinations located within each city. Most people not familiar with train travel will ask: once I get to my destination whether it be Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, how do I get to my final destination. Well, Brightline has the answers and considers the “last mile” critical to ensuring that our guests can easily reach their final destination. Please see below for last mile transportation options in each station’s respective city:
MiamiCentral station will be located at NW 1st Ave stretching between NW 3rd Street and NW 8th Street. A modern-day, urban crossroads designed to connect people with the places and things they love, MiamiCentral will welcome visitors and anchor the iconic area with connections to several modes of public transit, as well as an expansive downtown development featuring retail, office, residences and a food hall experience with an array of dining options.
The new Brightline rail station is being integrated with the Miami-Dade County Metrorail and Metromover systems, and the MiamiCentral station will connect directly to the Miami-Dade Government Center Metrorail and Metromover stations. The Metrorail is a 25-mile dual track, elevated rapid transit system that provides service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami; to the Civic Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital area; and to Brownsville, Liberty City, Hialeah, and Medley in northwest Miami-Dade, with connections to Broward and Palm Beach counties at the Tri-Rail/Metrorail transfer station. In addition, the Wilkie D. Feruguson Jr downtown Miami Metromover station is located directly across the street. Metromover is a 4.4-mile electrically-powered people mover system that connects with Metrorail at Government Center and Brickell stations and with Metrobus at various locations throughout downtown. Major destinations of the Metromover system include the American Airlines Arena, Bayside Market Place, Miami-Dade College and the Miami-Dade County School Board.
Within MiamiCentral, Tri-Rail will also bring its trains directly into downtown Miami for the first time. To get downtown, trains will split from the existing Tri-Rail tracks in Hialeah and run along an upgraded FEC spur. The train station’s north end, meanwhile, abuts the Metrorail Overtown station.
With connections to buses, trolleys, taxis, bicycle rentals and rideshare options, MiamiCentral is being considered a major transit hub for the city, offering visitors quick and easy access to renowned beaches, world-class sporting events, outdoor and water recreation, nature and wildlife tours, shopping, museums and more.
For more ideas of what to do when you arrive in Miami, check out our 6 Hours in Miami blog post.
A quick and comfortable thirty minutes from MiamiCentral onboard Brightline, the downtown Fort Lauderdale Brightline station will provide a new gateway into the cultural and economic center of Broward County. Poised to further Fort Lauderdale’s position as a fully connected “City of Tomorrow,” the 60,000-square-foot station and platform includes a modern, multi-story lobby home to an elevated passenger lounge area as well as parking facilities. The Fort Lauderdale station is located at NW 2nd Avenue between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street, adjacent to the Broward Center Bus Terminal. The Broward County Transit System services cover an area of approximately 410 square miles with a total operating fleet of 346 buses (standard 40 foot transit coaches, 42 foot, and 60 foot articulated buses) on fixed-routes to get you wherever you may need to go!
Sun Trolley is one of the other many choices to get around the area. The red and yellow trolleys provide access to world-class shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s sparkling beaches, and endless options for dining and entertainment. How do you catch the Sun Trolley? They have a unique Wave N’ Ride system, all you have to do is simply stand in a safe location and waving your hand to flag down a Sun Trolley along any of their seven routes, and they’ll stop to pick you up. It’s just as easy as hailing a cab! Best of all, almost all routes are free.
With additional connections to the Broward B-Cycle bike rentals, rideshare options, the future Wave Streetcar and planned Tri-Rail station, the Brightline train station will give visitors direct access to the beaches, shopping, arts, parks, museums, eco tours, spas and other destinations that Fort Lauderdale is known for.
For more ideas of what to do when you arrive in Fort Lauderdale, check out our 6 Hours in Fort Lauderdale blog post.
West Palm Beach
A thirty minute journey from Fort Lauderdale or one hour from Miami and Brightline passengers will reach the downtown West Palm Beach station. Occupying nearly 60,000 square feet, the station is located between S. Rosemary and S. Quadrille, east and west, and between Datura Street and Evernia Street, north and south. Connecting with the neighborhood’s existing rideshare, trolley, and pedestrian networks and establishing links to the Tri-Rail and Amtrak West Palm Beach Station, the train station will create a new transportation hub for the West Palm Beach area and give travelers access to downtown West Palm Beach, as well as beaches, shopping, wildlife sanctuaries, boat tours, botanical gardens, museums and more.
Palm Tran is Palm Beach County’s bus transportation system and it serves more than 3200 bus stops with 150 buses. The routes include the main corridors of West Palm Beach, as well as north to Palm Beach Gardens and south to Boca Raton.
Downtown West Palm Beach also offers free trolleys to help you get around town. Whether you’re running errands, shopping, heading to work or going to one of the area’s premier events, there’s a trolley for you.
There’s also SkyBike, a public bike sharing system with stations located throughout the West Palm Beach Downtown area.
Located within walking distance to CityPlace and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Center to the south, and the government center district and Clematis Street to the north, Brightline passengers will be minutes away from some of West Palm Beach’s top attractions.
For more ideas of what to do when you arrive in West Palm Beach, check out our 6 Hours in West Palm Beach blog post.
Brightline is arriving in mid-2017 and is reimagining train travel in Florida, helping to ease congested highways and offer a smarter alternative to get around South Florida, connecting you from door to destination through a variety of last mile connections. Stay tuned for more information about our mobile app that will make booking your entire journey easy and convenient!
On To The Next Stop...
Recently, a group of West Palm Beach community members took a hard hat tour of the Brightline West Palm Beach train station. They got to see firsthand the progress that is being made on the station. From left to right: John Renne from Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning; Barry O’Brien of…