The latest news on Brightline, Florida East Coast Industries’ $3 billion high-speed rail service connecting West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami is now scheduled for the trains to leave the station by the end of 2017.
Trains were originally schedule to begin rolling this summer from West Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. The Ft. Lauderdale to Miami route was supposed to begin service this fall.
But do not expect a specific announcement. CEO of Brightline, David Howard, said he won’t release a concrete launch date until the last piece of track has been laid down and all of the pieces are in place.
The massive MiamiCentral from All Aboard Florida, which spans six city blocks along NW First Avenue from Third to Eighth Streets, will house a 50,000-square-foot food promenade and 130,000 square feet of retail space. Also in planning are two towers of 800 rental apartments. 90,000 square feet of office space is nearing completion, with tenants to include Ernst & Young and the Cisneros Group.
With opening day still unannounced, the passenger fares have been another closely guarded secret. Rumored to begin operations by offering deep discounts, bulk passes, and package plans, the actual fees will not be released until shortly before service begins.
The company’s website does not divulge any fare prices either, but does respond to the frequently asked question with, “We’re still working on it—but we’re working to make it comparable to taking the car (think gas and parking) without all the hassles. We’ll know prices for sure closer to launch.”
According to CEO Dave Howard, they will run 32 daily round-trips between Miami and West Palm Beach. They project to carry more than 3 million passengers per year.
Brightline’s second phase, which will allow high-speed train service from Miami to Orlando has also been delayed and is currently scheduled to launch in 2020.
We will update this article to bring you the latest news as more information becomes available.