Brightline announces partnership with Miami Heat as 5th train arrives

As its fifth and final train arrived in West Palm Beach on Thursday, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline announced a partnership with the Miami Heat that will allow the company to offer packages and promotions to South Florida basketball fans.

Brightline has been named the official train service of the Miami Heat and theAmericanAirlines Arena, which is located within walking distance of the company’s southernmost station in downtown Miami.

The news came as the company’s fifth train arrived at Brightline’s maintenance yard in West Palm Beach, completing the 3,052-mile trip from the Siemens plant in California where it was manufactured. The BrightRed train, named for the coloring on its passenger cars, left the California plant last week.

Under the new partnership, Brightline officials said they plan to offer packages to companies for business outings to the games. Heat fans will be able to board trains in West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, they added.

The company said it plans to release more details about the packages before the launch of its service this year.

“There is nothing like seeing the world’s best basketball players live paired with the exciting energy, sights and sounds of AmericanAirlines Arena,” Brightline CEO Dave Howard said in a statement posted on the company’s website. “It is exciting to partner with one the NBA’s most respected franchises. Traveling to and from Heat games and events at the AmericanAirlines Arena will be much easier and more convenient for our guests than sitting in traffic trying to get to the game on time.”

Brightline will use five trains to run the first phase of its service between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Eventually the company plans to expand service north to Orlando, requiring additional trains and passenger cars. Work on the second phase of the project has not begun.

The company’s four other trains — BrightBlue, BrightPink, BrightOrange and BrightGreen — are also being housed at Brightline’s maintenance yard on 15th Street in West Palm Beach.

Each train has two diesel-electric locomotives and four stainless-steel coaches and can seat 240 passengers.

In their announcement Thursday, Brightline officials touted the trains’ innovative features, saying the Heat fans would be able to avoid traffic on the interstate while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi or a beverage.

“Our partnership with Brightline will offer Heat fans and AmericanAirlines Arena guests a new opportunity to get in and out of downtown Miami comfortably and in style,” said Kim Stone, executive vice president of the Miami Heat and general manager of AmericanAirlines Arena. “With more people living, working and playing in downtown Miami, collaborating with Brightline to address the transportation needs of our guests is a huge step in the right direction.”

Trains will travel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in about 30 minutes and between Miami and West Palm Beach in roughly an hour. Brightline has not released its starting date or fare prices.

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