Brightline to begin serving passengers January 13

Alicia Farmer
January 12, 2018

A Brightline passenger train, pulled by a Florida East Coast Railway engine, moves south past the Walton Road crossing March 13, 2017, in Port St. Lucie.

This Saturday, Brightline will begin introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach for $10 one-way, or $20 roundtrip. Alternatively, riders can pay $15 for a "Select Service" trip, which includes snacks, beverages and wider seats. Seniors, active military personnel and veterans will receive a 10% discount, and children younger than 12 will ride for half price as part of discounted introductory fares, according to Brightline.

Service to Miami is expected in the coming months.

The $1.5 billion dollar project started in 2013 with train speeds ranging anywhere between 79 miles an hour between Miami and West Palm Beach and up to 125 miles per hour to and back from Orlando once that route is finished. Trains will depart as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m. Brightline said the trip between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach will take about 35 minutes.

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The introductory service will feature 10 daily weekday roundtrips and nine on weekends. Trains will eventually travel between Orlando and Miami, but a date for the Orlando leg of the service hasn't been determined.

The company also promoted Patrick Goddard to president.

Brightline is launching its mobile app and a website to buy tickets, check schedules and get other information. A segment is one way between the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Brightline stations.

"We believe the comfort and convenience of our travel experience, paired with premium hospitality, will set a new standard for passenger rail service", Goddard said in a statement. Construction on Phase 2, connecting to the Orlando International Airport, will begin in 2018, the company stated.

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