Higher speed passenger train service begins in South Florida

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If you want to get from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach on the all new Brightline high speed train, we now know how much it will cost you.

The Brightline team has been working toward operational readiness in collaboration with federal and local authorities with simulated service over the past month. Brightline expects to become fully operational and extend service to downtown Miami in the coming months, company officials said in a press release.

Introductory fares for the 35-minute trip between West Palm and Fort Lauderdale will be $10 each way for Smart Service, Brightline's coach class, and $15 for Select Service, its business class, the company said.

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

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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.

The first ride on the train will be at 8 a.m. Saturday. Introductory service will include trips between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

"We have temporarily suspended booking rides where train times are displaying as "sold out" while we work through the kinks", according to a statement on the website.

In addition to the launch date, Brightline also announces the promotion of Patrick Goddard to company president. 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.


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