Study projects All Aboard Florida’s impact on tourism

July 17, 2015

All Aboard Florida, the private rail service that expects to begin transporting passengers between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando in 2017, will provide new connectivity in the Florida travel market.

So says the All Aboard Florida Ridership and Revenue Study, which was released in May. The study was prepared for All Aboard Florida by the Louis Berger Group consulting company.

“By connecting key resort and business activity centers in Orlando and southeast Florida, [All Aboard Florida] offers the opportunity for partnerships with resorts and travel arrangers to include [All Aboard Florida] tickets in travel arrangements or to market [All Aboard Florida] service to expand the travel market overall,” the report says.

The report singles out the South American market, saying that discounted travel packages involving Orlando-area resorts and cruise ports could alone bring 220,000 riders to All Aboard Florida by 2019. Agents will also be able to sell joint air/rail ticket packages, the report says.

The express train line, which is projected to cost more than $3 billion to construct, will be the first of its kind in Florida. Extending from downtown Miami to Orlando Airport, it will span 235 miles. Trains will make the three-hour journey 16 times per day in each direction. Much of the route will travel along the existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor, which was built by Henry Flagler in the 1880s, but All Aboard Florida will lay new track between Cocoa Beach and Orlando. Once complete, the line will be the first private, intercity passenger rail launched in the U.S. since 1956.

 

Read the full story from Travel Weekly writer Robert Silk by clicking here.

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