Brightline's 'higher speed' train service will begin this weekend in Florida

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We run 365 days a year, serving Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando (future expansion). Brightline expects to become fully operational and extend service to downtown Miami in the coming months, company officials said in a press release. 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.

Equipped with comfortable seats, the train will travel between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale at up to 70 miles per hour, creating a trip that lasts only 30 minutes.

Though popular in South Florida, Brightline has faced staunch opposition and legal challenges from Florida's Treasure Coast - three-county region north of West Palm Beach - where many residents believe the railroad would endanger public safety, pollute the environment and decrease quality of life.

Within hours of announcing that its introductory service would begin Saturday, Brightline's website malfunctioned, preventing prospective passengers from booking trips on the new trains.

Shakendra Katrell                       PBSO
Shakendra Katrell PBSO

Train schedule & train times may vary by weekday, weekend and holidays.

Meanwhile, Brightline announced that Patrick Goddard has been promoted to president. For more than a year, Mr. Goddard has been instrumental in leading the operations team in preparation of the service launch. Construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018, says All Aboard Florida.

The trains are 100 percent Buy America compliant and were assembled by more than 1,000 employees at Siemens USA in Sacramento, California.

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