Brightline High-Speed Train
The Brightline high-speed train service began earlier this year, 2018, with service between West Palm Beach, Florida and Ft. Lauderdale, and recently expanded service to Miami. I have taken it, and can report that it is a wonderful experience. Parking is right across the street from the train station at West Palm Beach, and the station is modern, with good lighting, and very safe and clean.
I took the Select service, which is like Business Class, and it has it's own waiting area, with snacks and beverages.
The trains run on time, and the staff knowledgeable and efficient. I super alternative to driving, I did the run from WPB to Miami yesterday, leaving at 1:00 on the dot, and arriving at 12:17. There was a brief stop in Ft. Lauderdale. It seemed like about 4 minutes.
Please check out my gallery of train, and station photos on my website at:
Below is more background on the company, and future plans:
Brightline is an express intercity higher-speed rail system in Florida, United States. Developed and operated by All Aboard Florida, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), Brightline is the United State's only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad and its first since 1983 (when the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad discontinued the Rio Grande Zephyr).
Brightline's service runs between Miami and West Palm Beach with a single intermediate stop at Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale–West Palm Beach segment opened on January 13, 2018, followed by Fort Lauderdale–Miami on May 19. An extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando via Cocoa is scheduled to open in 2021, and more extensions are planned.
Brightline's diesel–electric locomotive-hauled trains run alongside freight trains in a shared-use corridor that was upgraded from a pre-existing Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) freight train corridor. The future West Palm Beach–Cocoa segment will be constructed in a similar fashion, while 40 mi (64 km) of new track will be constructed in the State Road 528 corridor for the remainder of the extension, between Cocoa and Orlando International Airport.
When its planned 125 mph (201 km/h) service is implemented, Brightline will be the fastest passenger train service in North America outside of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and will be tied for second-fastest overall behind Amtrak's Acela Express.
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