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Good things come to those who wait.
That was the message Brightline sent to Miami commuters on Friday as it announced that its fast-travel rail service was finally coming to downtown — and not just “soon” or “in the coming weeks” as the company been known to promise over the past year.
If you’re interested in a half-hour, one-way ride to Fort Lauderdale or an hour-long zip to West Palm Beach, Saturday, May 19 — no turning back now, Brightline —is officially when regular service will begin to and from downtown’s MiamiCentral station, Goddard announced during a ribbon-cutting at the new station on Friday morning.
Brightline, a privately funded rail service owned by Florida East Coast Railway, hosted the mayors of Miami and Miami-Dade County along with South Florida Congresswomen Frederica Wilson and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at its newly risen station.
An honorary first ride — reserved for reporters, stakeholders and politicos — is scheduled to depart MiamiCentral for Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach at noon.
Introductory fares for a one-way Miami-to-West Palm ride will begin at $15 for “Smart” service and cost $25 for the less-luxurious “Select” option. Riding between Miami and Fort Lauderdale will run you between $10 and $15.
Discounts are available for children, senior citizens and active or formerly military service men and women.
During introductory service while construction continues along the FEC corridor, Brightline will operate eight northbound and eight southbound trips to and from MiamiCentral.
Each station opens 30 minutes before the first train and closes 30 minutes after the last train departs.