Brightline/Tri-Rail/Amtrak/Miami Metro Transfer Station and walking distance?

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Brightline/Tri-Rail/Amtrak/Miami Metro Transfer Station and walking distance?
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:35 PM

How easy (or not) is transfer to Brightline fron Amtrak?

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Posted by D.Carleton on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:02 PM

Very hard as Brightline doesn’t go to Miami yet.

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Posted by Brian_Tampa on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:31 PM

I think he probably knows that  ;)

But at WPB the stations are not far apart and the downtown trolley bus operates between the two stations (or at least very close to Brightline). FTL is quite a distance so not sure if that transfer is really doable for most people.

Miami will of course have Metrorail adjacent to and TriRail at the Brightline station. The Amtrak station at Hialeah is too far away and would involve several changes of transportation modes.

If travelling on Amtrak from up north, I would suggest transferring to Brightline at WPB.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:38 PM

Brian_Tampa
I think he probably knows that  ;)

But at WPB the stations are not far apart and the downtown trolley bus operates between the two stations (or at least very close to Brightline). FTL is quite a distance so not sure if that transfer is really doable for most people.

Miami will of course have Metrorail adjacent to and TriRail at the Brightline station. The Amtrak station at Hialeah is too far away and would involve several changes of transportation modes.

If travelling on Amtrak from up north, I would suggest transferring to Brightline at WPB.

Remember Amtrak and Tri-Rail operate on former CSX trackage.  Brightline operates on FEC trackage.

         

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Posted by CMStPnP on Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:05 PM

If you have never been to Florida, the FEC tracks which Brightline travels on travel direct downtown to downtown between all the cities on the East Coast (hence the name of the railway).     CSX operates at the closest to FEC that I can remember was about 4-5 miles.    Distance is greater as you head up the coast towards the proposed Tampa cutoff because CSX curves inland then curves back towards the coast but rarely does CSX go downtown to downtown anywhere in Florida except maybe Jacksonville and Tampa.    They didn't even make it to downtown Naples when they had passenger service there......their old Depot is out in the boonies there quite a bit.

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Posted by Brian_Tampa on Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:52 PM

CSX goes through downtown Orlando (before FDOT bought the tracks, that is). WPB is the closest point between FECR and CSX in south Florida. In Jacksonville, CSX comes close to downtown but the historic passenger station downtown was on FECR or darn close to end of FECR property. CSX (or predecessor lines) also went/still goes into the downtowns of Lakeland, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Ft Myers. I don't know about Pensacola, Tallahassee, or Gainesville.

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Posted by JPS1 on Saturday, February 03, 2018 9:25 AM

D.Carleton
  Very hard as Brightline doesn’t go to Miami yet. 

When is Brightline expected to begin service to Miami?

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