The company operating a high-speed rail link between Miami,
Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is considering a station at PortMiami.
David Helfman, vice president of corporate partnerships for
Brightline, told a group of about 100 travel advisors at the Miami station that
"we're looking at developing a station directly at the port."
Brightline is planning to start construction later this
month on a segment that would extend the service to Orlando.
In an interview, Helfman said the company is working with
the city of Miami on the port station concept but offered few other details.
Brightline uses tracks formerly part of the Florida East
Coast Railroad. An unused spur would connect the downtown Miami station with
In February, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed a
resolution to investigate the feasibility of building a station at the port and
file a report.
Brightline is in the process of rebranding as Virgin Trains.
The advisors were attending a lunch and tour of the station
organized by MSC Cruises, which is the official cruise line of Brightline. MSC
unveiled a $95 package in which two cruise passengers can park at the stations
in West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, check their bags, ride the train roundtrip,
debark at the Miami station and be driven by Lyft to the port, where their bags
will be delivered to their staterooms. Agents will earn 5% commission on the
"It's a great value," said Ken Muskat, chief
operating officer of MSC Cruises USA.
Some advisors agreed. "Coming from Pompano Beach and
being able to go on something other than Lyft, or Uber, or a taxi -- I think it's
amazing," said Marie Favre, an agent with Global Travel in Pompano