Brightline today announced that its privately funded passenger-rail service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, will begin January 13.
The train, which opened the first leg of a system that will eventually take travelers from Miami to Orlando in around four hours, has opened up tickets starting Saturday at $20 round trip ($10 for one way) for the 66 seat Smart Coach and $30 round trip ($15 for one way) for the more spacious 50 seat Select Coach.
And during it all, you can gaze out the wide windows while the train cruises at 79 miles per hour. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Harold Bernard Green Jr., according to the West Palm Beach Police Department. The downtown Miami station is expected to launch service at some point over the next few months, according to a press release. Introductory service will include trips between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
The introductory service will feature 10 daily weekday roundtrips and nine on weekends. The schedules will differ between weekdays and weekends.
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Brightline President Patrick Goddard on Thursday hailed the launch of Brightline as a "transformative" moment for South Florida.
"We are thrilled to have South Florida preview Brightline with the launch of introductory service", said Patrick Goddard, Brightline President and Chief Operating Officer.
Brightline also launched a mobile app and a new website that enable riders to book trips. "We believe the comfort and convenience of our travel experience paired with premium hospitality will set a new standard for passenger rail service". Construction on Phase 2, connecting to the Orlando International Airport, will begin in 2018. Brightline has said that the three South Florida rail stations are surrounded by about 4 million square feet of new development.