Brightline slates fares and service date

Brightline slates fares and service date

Brightline slates fares and service date

After almost six years of anticipation, Floridians on Saturday will be able to board Brightline's fleet of colorful passenger trains and travel at speeds up to 79 miles per hour between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

A standard one-way trip between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach will cost $10.

Hop on the trains and check out the Smart and Select Coaches, the leather seats, the technology, food services, and even the touchless restrooms. A segment is one way between Brightline's West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale stations.

Over the past month, the company has been operating simulated service to prepare for operational readiness.

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Brightline - the country's only privately owned and operated passenger railroad - on Thursday announced its long-awaited start date as well as ticket prices and schedules for limited, introductory service.

Seniors, active military members and veterans will receive a 10 percent discount, while children 12 and under will receive a 50 percent discount.

Head to Brightline's website to snag tickets, and to see the schedule.

Brightline President Patrick Goddard on Thursday hailed the launch of Brightline as a "transformative" moment for South Florida. For more than a year, Mr. Goddard has been instrumental in leading the operations team in preparation of the service launch.

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"We are thrilled to have South Florida preview Brightline with the launch of introductory service", Goddard stated in a news release from the company.

Brightline is expected to expand operations to MiamiCentral, the 11-acre multi-modal hub, in the coming months. More than 40 suppliers in over 20 states supplied the components for the state-of-the-art trainsets.

Brightline said anyone having trouble purchasing tickets online can use the kiosks at the stations.

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