Starlink has already provided internet services to residences, businesses, and transportation providers in the aviation and marine industries, including Hawaiian Airlines and Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines, and now it is providing its satellite internet services to the rail industry through Brightline.
Brightline, which operates in the southwestern US, announced today it has become the first passenger rail service in the world to offer high-speed, low-latency broadband service through SpaceX’s Starlink.
Starlink will be available on Brightline’s fleet of trains servicing South Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach. This service will soon include the new five-train fleet to service Orlando this summer, making a total of ten trains between South and Central Florida.
Starlink internet will be complimentary for all Brightline guests.
“Brightline will be the first train sets in the world to use the Starlink system. This really speaks to what we represent – an innovative passenger rail provider paving the way for high-speed rail in the US,” said Kevin T. McAuliffe, chief technology & digital innovation officer at Brightline. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Brightline has decided to work with one of Elon Musk’s companies. The rail service also has a fleet of Tesla Model Y SUVs that offer door-to-door rides within a 5-mile radius of Brightline rail stations. Riders can book one of the Model Ys, or one of their electric vans or shuttles through the company’s mobile app.
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