All Aboard Florida's Flashy New Express Train!
It's full-steam ahead for Florida's new express train! Brightline—a private train service that will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and eventually, Orlando along a 235-mile route—is getting closer to completion by the day.
With the launch of phase one on track to debut this summer, commuters will soon be able to travel comfortably between Miami and West Palm Beach in just an hour, which is considerably faster than making the drive up I-95.
South Florida Business Journal reports that Brightline plans to begin service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in late July, while Miami-to-Fort Lauderdale trips will begin in August or September. According to Michael Reininger, the executive director of Brightline's parent company, Florida East Coast Industries, the second part of the project, which will connect South Florida and Orlando International Airport, is still about two-and-a-half years away from completion.
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While the trains won't technically be classified as high-speed, they do move at a brisk pace of 125 mph. Perhaps more enticing than the speed, however, are the amenities. The high-tech train line will feature state-of-the-art stations and brightly-colored train cars in addition to free wifi, power outlets at every seat, plentiful storage options, and group reservations.
Ticket fares, frequent rider passes, and Brightline's mobile application will be announced in the coming months.