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Brightline shows off its opening-soon Orlando Airport Station

Article-Brightline shows off its opening-soon Orlando Airport Station

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Brightline's is the first intercity passenger rail station of its kind located in the heart of a US airport
Brightline unveiled its Orlando International Airport Station that will connect riders between Central and South Florida, including stops near a trio of South Florida cruise homeports.

This is the first intercity passenger rail station of its kind located in the heart of a US airport.

Cruisers can connect to South Florida ports thanks to a partnership with Uber to reach PortMiami, Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach

Orlando service begins this summer and will include 16 daily round-trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando. Brightline’s nonstop trains have a Miami-Orlando run time of two hours and 59 minutes. Regular service Orlando-Miami service will stop at all Brightline stations including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura with a run time of three hours and 30 minutes.

Orlando Station experience

The new 37,350-square-foot station is located in Orlando International Airport’s new 80,000-square-foot Train Station facility adjacent to Terminal C. The Train Station connects directly to the airport’s Parking Garage C, which will have more than 350 parking spaces branded for Brightline travelers.

The main entrance is located off the airport’s expansive two-story glass atrium. Once inside the station, passengers can buy tickets from guest services or self-service kiosks, and check luggage before proceeding through touchless turnstiles into the security screening tunnel.

Once through the security tunnel, riders will encounter an expansive two-story station that will include amenities like Mary Mary Bar, overlooking the train platforms and serving hand-crafted cocktails and light bites.

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Mary Mary Bar overlooks the train platforms and will serve hand-crafted cocktails and light bites

Above the Mary Mary Bar, a nostalgic, split-flap message board — a nod to historic train stations — will provide updated train schedules, boarding times, news of the day and other announcements.

Mrkt Place will sell last-minute gifts, sundries and refreshments.

Ticket sales open in May

Orlando ticket sales will open in May. One-way Orlando-Miami fares start at $79 for Smart and $149 for Premium (including meals, snacks and beverages, a dedicated first class lounge, free checked luggage, priority boarding and a dedicated coach). Smart fare bundles for families of four will be available for less than $199 one way.

Throughout the station, all riders will have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations at every seat, 87 big screen televisions and a BrightKids children’s play area located in the Smart Lounge.

More than 300 invited guests took part in Thursday's Brightline Orlando Station reveal. They included Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Kevin Thibault, who joined Brightline CEO Mike Reininger, President Patrick Goddard and Brightline teammates.

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