Ride Tri-Rail to Spring Training for $5 Roundtrip and Hit a Weekend Fun Home Run
Spring Training is in full swing and South Florida residents and visitors can hit a weekend home run by riding Tri-Rail to the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for just $5 per person roundtrip (children under the age of 5 ride free). Every Saturday and Sunday from February 24 – March 25, Tri-Rail riders can take advantage of all the baseball excitement with the added value of a 10-minute free dedicated shuttle bus connection from the Mangonia Park Station to the Ballpark and back. Tri-Rail benefits also include complimentary parking at 18 conveniently located stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, and free Wi-Fi at all stations and on all trains.
“Tri-Rail’s $5 All Day Weekend Fare which includes a free direct shuttle bus ride from the train to the ballpark is a great way for South Florida residents and visitors to catch major league baseball professionals preparing for the new season,” said Bonnie Arnold, public information officer for SFRTA/Tri-Rail. “Our convenient, air-conditioned rail transportation makes staying and playing in South Florida during Spring Training a huge hit.”
This year’s Spring Training line-up is:
• Saturday, February 24 Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
• Sunday, February 25 Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
• Saturday, March 3 Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
• Sunday, March 4 Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers
• Saturday, March 10 Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
• Sunday, March 11 Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
• Saturday, March 17 Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
• Sunday, March 18 Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
• Saturday, March 24 Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
• Sunday, March 25 Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
All games start at 1:05 p.m. Purchase tickets to the baseball games at www.ballparkpalmbeaches.com
Tri-Rail operates every hour on weekends and holidays. Train service is available every day of the year with bus and Metrorail connections. Tri-Rail’s weekend fares are just $5 for All Day passes and children under the age of 5 ride free. Children ages 5 to 12 receive a 50% discount by obtaining an EASY Card from a Tri-Rail Station Agent at the West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Metrorail Transfer and Miami Airport stations.
To plan your day at the ballpark and find train schedules, visit www.tri-rail.com/spring-training or call 1-800-TRI-RAIL.
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Tri-Rail Achieves Highest Monthly On-time Performance since 2002
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) announced that in February 2018, Tri-Rail trains recorded their highest monthly on-time-performance (OTP) since December of 2002. That is 15+ years or 182 months. In February, 95.2% of all Tri-Rail trains operated as scheduled.
“We are delighted to finally provide our passengers with the level of service they desire and deserve. Because of some repairs to the corridor, we were able to relieve some speed restrictions that had impacted OTP. Herzog Transit Services Inc., our new operating contractor, brings decades of experience that they have gained from operating trains all over the country to our benefit,” said Jack Stephens, SFRTA Executive Director.
Tri-Rail, established in 1989, is south Florida’s premiere commuter rail system. Operating 365 days a year, the schedule includes 50 trains each weekday and 30 trains on weekends and holidays. The system operates on the 72-mile South Florida Rail Corridor, which extends from Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County, south to the Miami International Airport in Miami-Dade County. The system is currently carrying between 15,000 and 16,000 passengers a day.
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Pompano Beach Establishes Quiet Zones at 5 Rail Crossings
The City of Pompano Beach successfully petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration to establish quiet zones at 5 rail crossings on the South Florida Rail Corridor. Tri-Rail, Amtrak and CSXT all operate service on the tracks west of I-95.
The crossings are NW 33rd Street, W. Copans Road, NW 15th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Hammondville Road, and SW 3rd Street/Racetrack Road. The quiet zones went into effect on March 1.
The engine bell will be rung when traveling over the highway crossing at grade. The engineer has the discretion to sound the horn only in what he/she perceives is and emergency situation, when roadway workers or maintenance of way vehicles or equipment are present, or when notified of a highway-rail crossing malfunction.
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Tri-Rail’s “Rail Fun Day” Welcomes Up to 2,000 Kids and Families
Up to 2,000 event attendees came out for Tri-Rail’s 10th Annual “Rail Fun Day” presented by Baptist Health South Florida. Guests enjoyed festivities such as face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways, booths staffed with information by non-profit organizations and area businesses, costume characters, food trucks and the “South Florida Kids Got Talent” final competition. Top honors from this year’s outstanding roster of singers went to Mecca Alexander from Miramar, who sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day. She took home the grand prize of $500, a one-year contract inclusive of a photo shoot with composite cards courtesy of Posche Models & Talent and professional studio and music video recordings sessions with MikeSoperMusic and Newborn Studios.
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Ride Tri-Rail to Ultra Music Festival
Going to Ultra? Tri-Rail will once again offer special northbound late train service every night during Ultra Music Festival on March 23, 24 & 25. Festival goers ride Tri-Rail to the Metro Transfer or Miami Airport Station and transfer to Metrorail onto the Government Center Station, then take Metromover to the College/Bayside Station. Passengers returning to Tri-Rail from the event can take Metrorail back to Tri-Rail’s Miami Airport or Metrorail Transfer Station. The special northbound Tri-Rail train will depart at 1:35 a.m.* from the Miami Airport Station after the concerts on 3/23 and 3/24, and at 12:35 a.m.* after the concert on 3/25. To plan your trip, please visit www.tri-rail.com/ultra.
* Train times are subject to change.
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Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
The Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run returns to South Florida this April. The race series, produced by TeamFootWorks, promotes health and wellness in the work place. Known as the largest office party in South Florida, the series draws over 25,000 participants every year and brings together the South Florida business community in a fun way. Be sure to snap a selfie with our mascot Conductor George Green at each run and visit the Tri-Rail booth at the Fort Lauderdale Run to support Team Tri-Rail! For more information, visit www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com.
Fort Lauderdale: Huizenga Plaza on April 5 at 6:45 p.m. How to Get There: Ride Tri-Rail to the Fort Lauderdale Station, then take Shuttle Bus FL 1.
West Palm Beach: Meyer Amphitheatre on April 11 at 6:45 p.m. How to get there: Ride Tri-Rail to the West Palm Beach Station, then take the West Palm Beach Downtown Trolley Green Line to Olive Ave. and Evernia St. Walk east one block to the amphitheater.
Miami: Bayfront Park on April 26 at 6:45 p.m. How to Get There: Ride Tri-Rail to the Metrorail Transfer Station, then take Metrorail southbound to Government Center Station and transfer to the Metromover and take to Bayfront Park Station.
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