Brightline higher-speed passenger trains to launch week of Jan. 8

Brightline said Thursday it will begin introductory service of its higher-speed passenger trains the week of January 8 — but the company did not release train schedules or ticket prices.

The initial service will run between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The MiamiCentral train station is scheduled to be ready within three months.

Parent company All Aboard Florida originally expected the $3 billion Brightline project would launch between Miami and West Palm Beach in the summer. Then it would extend to Orlando by 2020.

A variety of legal, financial and environmental challenges delayed the ambitious project in recent years.

When full service begins on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, Brightline expects to run 16 round trips per day between MiamiFort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with a travel time of about 30 minutes between each station.

When service is extended to Orlando, Brightline officials estimate the entire trip will take three hours.

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