Brightline adds Starlink internet on all trains

Company is first passenger rail service in the world to offer the service
Brightline train
Posted at 12:45 PM, May 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-14 17:16:33-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Brightline is the first passenger rail service in the world to offer Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband service, the two companies announced last week.

Starlink is engineered and operated by SpaceX.

The internet service is complimentary for all Brightline passengers.

"Brightline will be the first train sets in the world to use the Starlink system," Kevin T. McAuliffe, chief technology and digital innovation officer at Brightline, said. "This really speaks to what we represent -- an innovative passenger rail provider paving the way for high-speed rail in the U.S. Brightline is working with some of the best tech teams around the globe and our partnership with Starlink will elevate our brand to the stars."

Passengers will have a better connection to stream, make video calls or enjoy online games because of the highly advanced satellites operating in a low orbit around the Earth.

At 1:03 a.m. Sunday, aSpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink mission launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carried 56 internet-beaming satellites in its payload fairing.

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The service is available on trains from South Florida, between Miami and West Palm Beach with stops in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura.

Brightline will add service to Orlando this summer with 16 daily round trips.

Trains will travel from Orlando to West Palm Beach in less than two hours. The new station is located at Orlando International Airport, adjacent to Terminal C.

Ticket sales started in May for its Orlando station.