What to Know
- The high-speed train service will begin in Miami on May 19
- The Brightline station is at the MiamiCentral complex at Northwest 1st Avenue and Northwest 6th Street
Brightline is finally set to begin service for Miami commuters.
The high-speed train service will begin in Miami on May 19, Brightline officials said Friday. The Brightline station is at the MiamiCentral complex at Northwest 1st Avenue and Northwest 6th Street.
"This is a dream come true, we worked very hard to get this done and this is going to be a game changer for people in Miami," Miami mayor Francis Suarez said.
Brightline has been serving passengers between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and started testing trains without passengers in Miami last month.
The trains, which can reach speeds of up to 79 mph, plan to eventually expand service to Orlando.
"It's not so much about the speed, but about avoiding rush hour traffic and being productive during your commute," Brightline president Patrick Goddard said.
Since the train began service at least four people have been struck and killed and at least three others were hit and survived.
Train officials have stepped up safety measures, warning people that the train travels faster than other trains passing through the area.
Brightline is a privately funded service owned by Florida East Coast Railway.
For now, the train will operate eight northbound trips and eight southbound trips daily.
For more information, visit GoBrightline.com.