Higher speed passenger train service begins in South Florida

Higher speed passenger train service begins in South Florida

Starting this Saturday, speedy private rail line Brightline is beginning its introductory service to Fort Lauderdale from West Palm Beach. The "Try Our Train" fares are $10 per segment for basic service and $15 for Select service with larger seats and more amenities.

And during it all, you can gaze out the wide windows while the train cruises at 79 miles per hour. A segment is one way between the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Brightline stations.

Brightline - the country's only privately owned and operated passenger railroad - on Thursday announced its long-awaited start date as well as ticket prices and schedules for limited, introductory service. "Our team will continue to ramp up operations as we prepare to fully launch this transformative new infrastructure asset for South Florida".

All military, veterans and seniors will get a 10 percent discount and tickets for children under 12 years of age are 50 percent off. The schedules will differ between weekdays and weekends.

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Brightline on Thursday afternoon tweeted that its new ticketing website was experiencing delays and "booking glitches" as a result of "overwhelming excitement".

Brightline also shuffled its management team, promoting Patrick Goddard to president, replacing Chief Executive Dave Howard, a former sports executive who was hired in March 2017.

"We are thrilled to have South Florida preview Brightline with the launch of introductory service", Goddard stated in a news release from the company. Construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018, says All Aboard Florida. More than 40 suppliers in over 20 states supplied the components for the state-of-the-art trainsets. Brightline has said that the three South Florida rail stations are surrounded by about 4 million square feet of new development.

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