Brightline booking glitch shows trains as 'sold out' before debut

Brightline booking glitch shows trains as 'sold out' before debut

Brightline - All Aboard Florida's kinda fast, but not quite "high-speed" train - will debut this weekend in South Florida with fares beginning at $10.

Brightline - the country's only privately owned and operated passenger railroad - on Thursday announced its long-awaited start date as well as ticket prices and schedules for limited, introductory service. Alternatively, riders can pay $15 for a "Select Service" trip, which includes snacks, beverages and wider seats.

All military, veterans and seniors will get a 10 percent discount and tickets for children under 12 years of age are 50 percent off. 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. A Miami station is slated to open this year, and eventually the train will run between Miami and Orlando.

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"We believe the comfort and convenience of our travel experience paired with premium hospitality will set a new standard for passenger rail service", said Brightline's president and COO, Patrick Goddard, in a statement.

"We are thrilled to have South Florida preview Brightline with the launch of introductory service", said Patrick Goddard, Brightline President and Chief Operating Officer. A segment is one way between the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale Brightline stations. Introductory service will feature 10 daily roundtrips during the weekdays and nine on the weekends to provide guests an opportunity to travel between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in about 35 minutes.

The news comes as Brightline launched its mobile app and new website. Construction for the Phase 2 Orlando route is expected to begin in early 2018, says All Aboard Florida.

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