Brightline's first train departure from MiamiCentral

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MIAMI — On Friday, May 11, I was among the first trainload of passengers riding to Brightline’s new MiamiCentral station, formally dedicated that morning as the company publicly announced a revenue service launch on Saturday, May 19. For weeks, trains had been running with operating crews and some company employees aboard on the exact schedules being implemented next weekend, but this was the first instance where “outsiders” could ride. Rather than returning to Fort Lauderdale aboard "BrightPink" after the media presentation concluded, however, I walked about a half-mile to the foot of the recently-constructed embankment to witness its relatively slow descent to street level in the Overtown neighborhood north of the station. The “thumping” you hear is highway traffic racing across an overpass. Note also as the train disappears around the curve as it heads north, there are a couple of bystanders witnessing its passage from the shadows next to the right-of-way.

More on the launch of service is available here, and a gallery of photos from events on the 11th is available here.

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