Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Brightline Train Makes Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach Inaugural Run

Brightline Train Makes Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach Inaugural Run

No one yells, 'All Aboard!' when you step onto one of Brightline's trains, but the high-speed rail service does come through on its promise to get travelers from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, or viceversa, in about 35 minutes. Service will start as early as 6 a.m. Eventually, the number of trips will expand once the Miami and Orlando stations open, but no timetable has been given for that. Construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018, says All Aboard Florida.

Seniors, active military members and veterans will receive a 10 percent discount, while children 12 and under will receive a 50 percent discount.

Brightline attributed the glitch to "overwhelming excitement".

Brightline has yet to announce regular ticket prices, but it previously said that a one-way, Miami-to-Orlando "Smart" ticket could cost about $140. Officials tell local news outlets the company will make 10 round trips daily and nine trips on weekends.

Over the past month, the company has been operating simulated service to prepare for operational readiness. "This is a solution", said Brightline President Patrick Goddard.

Brightline's diesel-electric powered trains feature a variety of amenities, including retractable platforms that facilitate easy boarding, bike racks, wide aisles and free wireless Internet. The five four-car train sets will each hold 240 people.

Goddard hailed the launch of Brightline a "transformative" moment for South Florida. This Saturday, Brightline will begin introductory service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach for $10 one-way, or $20 roundtrip.

Right now, the service is just between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Though popular in South Florida and in Brevard County, Brightline has faced staunch opposition and legal challenges from the Treasure Coast, where many residents believe the railroad would endanger public safety, pollute the environment and decrease quality of life.

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