Brightline to begin passenger rail service Saturday between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale


After nearly six years of anticipation, the first paying customers will board Brightline’s fleet of colorful passenger trains Saturday for the short trip between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Brightline on Thursday announced its long-awaited start date, schedules and ticket prices for limited, introductory service.

The $3.1 billion railroad plans to expand service to Miami later this year, and by 2020, to run up to 16 daily round trips through the Treasure and Space coasts on their route between Miami and Orlando International Airport.

Brightline said it would begin construction on that second phase of the project as early as this month.

Introductory fares for the 35-minute trip service between West Palm and Fort Lauderdale will be $10 each way for Smart Service, Brightline’s coach class, and $15 for Select Service, Brightline’s business class, the company said. Seniors, active military and veterans will receive a 10 percent discount, and children younger than 12 will ride for half price as part of discounted introductory fares.

Brightline on Thursday afternoon tweeted that its new ticketing website was experiencing delays and “booking glitches” as a result of “overwhelming excitement.

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