Brightline delays debut in Orlando, provides clients full refunds


Passengers hoping to journey the extremely anticipated Brightline service from Orlando might want to wait.

Brightline has delayed its early September debut at Orlando Worldwide Airport (MCO) as a result of it is nonetheless within the remaining phases of certification and crew testing, the corporate stated.

Because of the delays, passengers who booked Brightline tickets for the Orlando service from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6 will obtain a full refund of the unique ticket, a premium voucher and an Avis rental automobile low cost.

Brightline stated it’s nonetheless figuring out a brand new opening date. As of now, tickets are on sale starting Sept. 15. TPG was on the Orlando station’s official opening again in April. You’ll be able to examine it right here.

“We’re working by means of the ultimate phases of certification and crew testing nevertheless it’s obvious that we cannot hit our opening weekend as deliberate (Sept 1-6),” a Brightline spokesperson stated in a press release. “Understanding it is a vacation weekend, we need to give visitors as a lot time as potential to regulate their journey plans.”

The Florida-based non-public passenger prepare has operated routes inside South Florida, together with stops in Aventura, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Seashore. The service from MCO’s Terminal C will likely be a high-speed route, connecting Central Florida and Miami in simply three hours at round 130 miles per hour and shaving off round an hour in commuting time.

Brightline prepare within the new Orlando station.CLINT HENDERSON/THE POINTS GUY

Brighline’s MCO service was slated to be a part of a bigger enlargement for the prepare service, with plans so as to add a connecting cease in Tampa and even a cease at Disney Springs. Nonetheless, Brightline nixed the Disney cease as a result of the “new route configuration doesn’t help a Disney Springs station,” a Disney spokesperson stated in a press release to TPG in June 2022.

The Tampa station continues to be within the early planning phases.

Associated: Brightline high-speed prepare service expands in South Florida

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Map of Brightline locations. BRIGHTLINE

When will Brightline begin Orlando service?

Proper now, we nonetheless haven’t got an official begin date for Orlando service on Brightline, however the prepare firm is promoting tickets for September fifteenth and past.

Brightline on-line ticket gross sales. BRIGHTLINE

Brightline tells TPG it can tell us as quickly as they’ve official phrase for the beginning of service.

Further reporting by Clint Henderson.

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