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Brightline Train Makes Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach Inaugural Run

September 16, 2019


NAMED IN KING’S ON A WAS OPENED AT MIAMI CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. NEXT, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CATCH THE TRAIN STARTING TOMORROW. BRIGHTLINE IS SET TO LAUNCH ITS HIGH-SPEED RAIL SERVICE FROM FORT LAUDERDALE TO WEST PALM BEACH. CHOPPER4 OVERHEAD EARLIER TODAY AS THE COMPANY OFFERED A PREVIEW RIDE. JOAN MURRAY WAS THERE AND TAKES US ALONG FOR THE RIDE. Reporter: WITH A BLAST OF CONFETTI, LOCAL LEADERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS BOARDED A BRIGHTLINE TRAIN FOR A HIGH- SPEED INAUGURAL RUN DOWN THE TRACKS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE TO WEST PALM BEACH. A LONG TIME COMING. WHEN I GOT ON I SAID, ALL ABOARD. Reporter: SIX YEARS IN THE MAKING, BRIGHTLINE IS THE ONLY PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE. YOU FLOAT AT 79 MILES AN HOUR. UNLIKE THE TRI-RAIL TO THE WEST, BRIGHTLINE IS OPERATING ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST TRACKS, TRAVELING THROUGH THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN. ANYONE WHO IS TRYING TO GET THE WORKER TO AN APPOINTMENT OR TO VISIT FAMILY OR RUN REGULAR ERRANDS BETWEEN CITIES WILL WANT TO TRAVEL ON BRIGHTLINE. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF DECONGESTANT AND WE ARE PROVIDING A SOLUTION. Reporter: RIGHT NOW THEIR SERVICE BETWEEN FORT LAUDERDALE AND WEST PALM BEACH BUT IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS THE TRAIN WILL GO TO MIAMI. IT WILL BE ANOTHER TWO YEARS BEFORE IT MAKES IT TO ORLANDO BUT THERE IS ALREADY TALK OF SOME STOPS IN BETWEEN. THE TRAIN STATIONS ARE CASHLESS. BRING YOUR CREDIT CARD FOR TICKETS, FOOD AND DRINKS. WAITING AREAS ARE BRIGHT WITH PLUSH SEATS. THERE’S EVEN A PLAY AREA FOR KIDS. $10 WILL BUY YOU A ONE-WAY TRIP WITH LOTS OF LEGROOM AND FREE WI-FI. IN THE EARLY DAYS IT WOULD ONLY APPEAL TO BUSINESS PEOPLE OR PEOPLE MAKING LONG COMMUTES. BUT I THINK ONCE YOU START TO POP IN THOSE OTHER LITTLE CITIES, I THINK IT WILL APPEAL TO EVERYONE. YOU AND I TRAVEL UP AND DOWN I- 95. IF I CAN JUMP ON A TRAIN, I WOULD DO IT. Reporter: IDEALLY, BRIGHTLINE WILL BE A TRANSPORTATION GAME CHANGER FOR SOUTH FLORIDA. TAKING CARS OFF THE ROAD AND KEEPING COMMUTERS AND TOURISTS ON THE FAST TRACK TO THEIR FINAL STOP.

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