West Palm/Fort Lauderdale rail service due in July
Written by Miami Today on March 10, 2017
Express passenger rail service Brightline on Friday announced target dates for service launch in South Florida, with introductory express service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale beginning in late July, followed by service to Miami in late August. The company anticipates a grand opening and official launch of train service in September. This marks the first time a new private infrastructure passenger rail project will initiate operations in the US in more than 100 years. Brightline says it will welcome BrightPink, the second of five custom-built, innovative trainsets, next week. Three additional brightly hued trainsets will be delivered by May. The line’s 60,000-square-foot stations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are nearing completion, while the expansive MiamiCentral station that includes elevated tracks is expected to be operational in conjunction with the introductory Miami train service, the company said. Rail infrastructure improvements on the corridor between West Palm Beach and Miami are 80% complete. The company plans to eventually extend the rail service to Orlando.