A Brightline passenger train, pulled by a Florida East Coast Railway engine, moves south past the Walton Road crossing March 13, 2017, in Port St. Lucie.
- A higher speed passenger train is set to begin service in South Florida.
Hop on the trains and check out the Smart and Select Coaches, the leather seats, the technology, food services, and even the touchless restrooms. Seniors, active military personnel and veterans will receive a 10% discount, and children younger than 12 will ride for half price as part of discounted introductory fares, according to Brightline. For more than a year, Goddard has been instrumental in leading the operations team in preparation of the service launch. It has received all of those approvals and is sorting through financing options for what would be a $1 billion project to extend the train to Orlando, though opposition, including in the Florida Legislature, continues.More news: Kim Kardashian Is Extremely Hurt By Caitlyn Jenner's Remarks About Her Family
Brightline, the service that will eventually link Miami to Orlando, has been long awaited by the local development and tourism industries.
Introductory service beginning Saturday is planned to provide nine roundtrips during weekend days and ten during week days, with introductory pricing starting at $10 a segment.
Brightline is launching its mobile app and a website to buy tickets, check schedules and get other information.More news: Uganda Denies Agreement with Israel to Receive African Immigrants
The company also promoted Patrick Goddard to president.
In West Palm Beach, All Aboard is also building a 275-unit apartment complex next to the station.
"We are thrilled to have South Florida preview Brightline with the launch of introductory service", said Patrick Goddard, Brightline President and Chief Operating Officer. Construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018, says All Aboard Florida.More news: Iowa's Gustafson Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 List