Navigate Downtown West Palm Beach

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Ways to Commute

Downtown West Palm Beach has more commuter and travel options than almost any peer city of our size in the nation: high speed rail, commuter rail, bikeshare, public transit buses, on-demand vehicles, shuttles, walking and biking–all connected in the Transit App for your ease of use.

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Transit is your real-time Palm Beach County car-free travel companion. Open the app to instantly see accurate next departure times, plan your trip including mixing modes of travel, and get alerted during your trip using “GO” functionality to always exit at the right stop and make your connection. Transit even provides service alerts for your favorite lines.

To make YOU the king or queen of your next Palm Beach County journey, WPBgo has partnered with Transit to give everyone Royale access. With Royale, riders can see even more transit information, customize their rider avatar, and compete on rider leaderboards by helping the most riders with Transit’s GO crowdsourcing feature.

Transit includes schedules and/or real time information for Palm Tran, Tri-Rail, Brightline, Broward County Transit, Miami Dade Transit, BrightBike, CitiBike, and other local transportation providers.

Brightline is an higher-speed intercity passenger rail system with a station located within Downtown West Palm Beach. Brightline provides convenient connections to Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. Stations include food, beverage, and other amenities within comfortable SMART and PREMIUM lounges. The adventure continues when you hop aboard — enjoy plush leather seats, take in picturesque views of Florida’s vibrant landscapes, do work with high-speed WiFi, and indulge with plenty of food and drink options.

Trains operate hourly 16 hours per day. From West Palm Beach Station, travel times are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to Miami and 2 hour 10 minutes to Orlando. Ticket are dynamically priced based on demand and can be purchased online, in the app, or at the station. Brightline accepts credit and debit cards, but not cash.

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PalmTran bus stopping to pick up commuters

Palm Tran is Palm Beach County’s public transportation provider. Palm Tran travels to every major destination in Palm Beach County including shopping centers, universities and colleges, medical centers, beaches and other leisure activities. Residents and visitors can ride Palm Tran from Jupiter to Boca Raton and from Palm Beach to the Glades for just $2 a ride. The fixed-route buses also have Wi-Fi for our riders’ convenience.Download the Palm Tran app to plan your trip or visit Palm Tran’s Trip Planner website.

Riders can also download the Paradise Pass app or visit myparadisepass.com to set up an account to pay their fare. Palm Tran tracks your rides so you never pay more than $5 a day, $20 a week or $70 a month.

BrightBike is the official bikeshare system for the City of West Palm Beach. Download the app and rent from any one of 19 bikeshare stations conveniently located throughout the city from Okeechobee Boulevard, Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard to the north, the Tri-Rail/Amtrak Station to the west and Flagler Drive to the east. BrightBike can be a great way to explore the city as a visitor, as well as an easy first/last mile option with stations at Brightline, Tri-Rail & Palm Tran’s Intermodal Center, the Waterfront, The Square, City Hall, and other high demand destinations.

The system, sponsored by Brightline, Related Companies, and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, is available to use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Fee: $2.75 for every 30 minutes.

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Tri-Rail stopping at station in West Palm Beach, Florida

Tri-Rail is Southeast Florida’s commuter rail line, which extends 72 miles from West Palm Beach (Mangonia Park) to Miami with a total of 19 stations. Miami-bound Tri-Rail passengers can travel as far as the Miami Airport Intermodal Center (southern terminus), or transfer at the Metrorail Transfer Station to the Metrorail system, or travel on the direct Tri-Rail Downtown Link connecting directly to MiamiCentral Station.

Fares are distanced-based and range from $2.50 to $8.75. Tri-Rail offers free shuttle connections from the Fort Lauderdale Airport Station at Dania Beach to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. For West Palm Beach users, receive a $5 discount on your Uber ride to or from this station by using this voucher. Receive a $15 discount on your Uber ride to or from the Palm Beach International Airport using this voucher. The Tri-Rail West Palm Beach Station is located at 203 South Tamarind Avenue.

Hop in a Circuit neighborhood electric vehicle for a FREE door to door ride throughout the West Palm Beach Circuit zone (as far West as Australian Ave, North to Northwood Village, East to Lake Worth Lagoon, and South as far as the Norton Museum of Art). For a fare ($4 for the first passenger and $1 for each additional), get connections to and from the Island of Palm Beach. Circuit free rides are funded by the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.
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RideWPB shuttle buss spotted in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida
The City of West Palm Beach offers a free all-electric downtown circulator shuttle operating on a fixed route to get you around the Downtown area. The service operates seven days a week. Vans carry passengers along a 15-stop route from South Tamarind Avenue and the Tri-Rail station to the west, to South Olive Avenue on the east. Shuttles arrive every 5-10 minutes.

Carpooling

Carpooling is a great way to cut commute costs in half and increase productivity. If you are going to carpool, there are three things you should know:

  • You can find a carpool partner from friends, family, among colleagues at your workplace, or by searching our ride matching application which recommends carpool partners with similar commuting patterns as yours: Find a carpool partner.

  • If you have 2 or more people in your carpool, you qualify for up to 6 FREE Uber/Lyft or taxicab rides home (through the Guaranteed Ride Home program), as long as you register your carpool with South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS)

  • If you have 3 or more people in your carpool, you qualify for free access to 95 express lanes, as long as you register your carpool with South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS)
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Three work colleagues vanpooling together on the way to the office

VanPooling

Vanpooling is a great way to cut commute costs significantly and increase productivity. South Florida Vanpools is the vanpool program of South Florida Commuter Services in partnership with Commute with Enterprise. This allows 5-15 people to use a recent-model vehicle to be able to share a commute to work.

The vehicles are provided by Enterprise and include free emergency roadside assistance and insurance.  Vanpool users also qualify for 6 free Uber/Lyft rides home per year (Guaranteed Ride Home) for those times when Vanpool.

  • Employers: For additional information, you can contact Natasha Villalba-Cruz from Commute with Enterprise (Natasha.s.VilalbaCruz@ehi.com), who assists in running the program and can provide additional information.

  • Employees: You can register your vanpool, or sign up to match with other vanpoolers (a service provided by South Florida Commuter Services and Commute with Enterprise).

Walking

Downtown West Palm Beach offers one of the most walkable environments found anywhere in Florida, with shopping, parks and other attractions all available in pedestrian-prioritized areas. Great places to explore Downtown West Palm Beach by foot in include Clematis Street, Flagler Drive, or Rosemary Ave from The Square to Banyan.
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Family riding bikes in West Palm Beach, Florida

Biking

West Palm Beach offers safe biking options along a shared path on Flagler Drive (please take care when passing pedestrians), along slow downtown streets such as Clematis and Rosemary, and other select corridors in the city. If you are interested in finding other recreational biking routes, check out this bike map.

Guaranteed Ride Home

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, or walk to work with six (6) FREE Uber/Lyft rides per year to use in the event of an emergency or unscheduled overtime. The GRH program is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. You can find more information and register today at GuaranteedRideHome.org.
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