BRIGHTLINE TRAINS LOOK EMPTY? PB POST COUNTS HOW MANY WERE ON BOARD

Publish Date: 
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 8:45am

BRIGHTLINE'S SERVICE HAS BEEN TOUTED AS "A MODEL FOR THE FURNITURE OF PASSENGER RAIL" BUT THE TRAIN CARS ARE RATHER EMPTY, the Palm Beach Post reports. Over a six-week period, a dozen of Palm Beach Post reporters rode 44 randomly selected trains and counted how many people on board. On average, 50 riders took the trains reviewed by The Post, enough to fill about 20 percent of the seats.

People like Attorney Stephen Ryan said The Post's passenger counts raise questions about the success of the project. "My own view is that the data that you are reporting speaks for itself and calls into question the accuracy of the representations that were made in the congressional hearing to the public about the success of the project to date," he stated Tuesday. "Simple math indicates that it is no the success they are portraying."

Read more about The Post's results here.

Original Article was written by Mahima Singh and Jennifer Sorentrue of the Palm Beach Post. Photo taken by Greg Lovett of the Palm Beach Post.