MIAMI—Florida East Coast Industries’ Brightline announced Friday afternoon that its South Florida trains will debut in late July with "introductory express service" between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Trains will be extended to the company’s new Miami Central Station when that elevated structure is completed in late August, with a “grand opening and official launch” of the service between West Palm Beach and Miami sometime in September.
Exact dates were not specified, but the company reports that the West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale stations are almost finished, while rail infrastructure improvements on the corridor are 80 percent complete. Brightline previously said that fares and other service details would be announced about 60 days before service begins
During the introductory period, it is likely service will include less than a full schedule of round trips, but this will enable on-board employees and operating personnel to gain experience running the trains and providing amenities before full service begins.