Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Brightline sets maiden train run between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale

Brightline sets maiden train run between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale

Brightline today announced that its privately funded passenger-rail service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, will begin January 13. The first train leaves West Palm Beach at 8 a.m. Saturday and arrives in Fort Lauderdale at 8:40 a.m., then leaves Fort Lauderdale at 9:35 a.m. and returns to West Palm Beach at 10:05.

A one-way ticket will cost $10 for its coach class "smart service" and $15 for its business class "select service", Brightline announced Thursday.

And during it all, you can gaze out the wide windows while the train cruises at 79 miles per hour. Seniors, active military and veterans will receive a 10 percent pricing discount, and kids 12 years old and under will receive a 50 percent pricing discount. Passengers can expect to travel between Miami and West Palm in about an hour and between Miami and Orlando in less than three hours, according to the company. A Miami station is slated to open this year, and eventually the train will run between Miami and Orlando. For now, Brightline will offer ten daily roundtrips Monday through Friday, and nine trips on the weekend. Trains will depart as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.

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Service to Miami is expected in the coming months.

Brightline also shuffled its management team, promoting Patrick Goddard to president, replacing Chief Executive Dave Howard, a former sports executive who was hired in March 2017.

Head to Brightline's website to snag tickets, and to see the schedule. A segment is one way between Brightline's West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale stations. "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, the company stated.

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