Upcoming Florida rail service named Brightline

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Brightline trains will feature a bright palette of colors, most notably yellow and aqua.
Brightline trains will feature a bright palette of colors, most notably yellow and aqua.

MIAMI — The intercity train that is expected to begin shuttling passengers between Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami in 2017 now has a name: Brightline.

“We are certain Brightline will change how we move around Florida,” Mike Reininger, the president of All Aboard Florida, which is building the rail service, said during a press conference Monday at the construction site of the line’s Miami train terminal.

Reininger explained that the name was chosen to invoke optimism as well as Florida’ sunny weather, and to be suggestive of All Aboard Florida’s goal of redefining the passenger train experience in the United States. The 235-mile line will be the first privately constructed rail service to open in the United States since 1956.

“We will reset the expectations we all have for travel by train,” he said.

In conjunction with the name unveiling, All Aboard Florida also revealed renderings and details Monday of the train cars they will use. They’ll feature a bright palette of colors, most notably yellow and aqua, as well as a sleek, curved front car.

The two-class trains will be outfitted to meet the expectations of the modern traveler, Reininger said. They’ll feature free WiFi, all reserved seating, power outlets available from every seat and wide aisles. Pet-friendly trains will also be offered. So will bicycle and luggage storage.

The line’s four train stations will also have WiFi and power outlets at each seat. Waiting areas will be configured with individualized seating designed for those who wish to do work and for people wanting to socialize.

Brightline's train stations will have WiFi and power outlets at each seat.
Brightline's train stations will have WiFi and power outlets at each seat.

The rail line, including the trains and stations, is expected to cost more than $3 billion to construct. More than $1 billion will go toward upgrades to the existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor, which was built in the 1880s. Brightline will travel on new track as it heads east/west between Cocoa Beach and Orlando.

All Aboard Florida projects a mid-2017 opening for stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The fourth stop, at Orlando International Airport, is targeted for a late 2017 opening.

Brightline trains will make the three-hour trip 16 times per day in each direction. Tickets will be commissionable for travel agents. Prices have yet to be announced, but All Aboard Florida says they’ll be cheaper than air and similar to the cost of driving between Orlando and South Florida.
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Stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are scheduled to open in mid-2017. A previous version incorrectly said mid-2016.

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