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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.

Brightline, the private passenger rail service aiming to connect South Florida's downtown areas with express service, announced fares starting at $10 per leg with a Saturday launch for service from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach.

Brightline on Thursday announced its long-awaited start date, schedules and ticket prices for limited, introductory service. Eventually, the number of trips will expand once the Miami and Orlando stations open, but no timetable has been given for that. Construction on Phase 2, connecting to the Orlando International Airport, will begin in 2018.


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

Brightline on Thursday afternoon tweeted that its new ticketing website was experiencing delays and "booking glitches" as a result of "overwhelming excitement". Introductory service will include frequent trips with trains departing as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m.

Train schedule & train times may vary by weekday, weekend and holidays.


Brightline has yet to announce regular ticket prices but previously said a one-way, Miami-to-Orlando "Smart" ticket could cost about $140. "Our team will continue to ramp up operations as we prepare to fully launch this transformative new infrastructure asset for South Florida".

"To all South Florida residents and visitors who are exhausted of sitting in traffic, I invite you to take a ride", said Patrick Goddard, The company's chief operating officer, and newly-promoted president, at the opening ceremony.

Brightline's diesel-electric powered trains feature a variety of amenities, including retractable platforms that facilitate easy boarding, bike racks, wide aisles and free wireless Internet. The five four-car train sets will each hold 240 people.


The Miami station will be near the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and Sixth Street; the Fort Lauderdale station at 101 NW Second Ave.; the West Palm Beach station near the corner of Evernia Street and South Rosemary Avenue.

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