All Aboard Florida‘s Brightline train will begin test runs between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this week in preparation for the launch of passenger service later this month.
The rail line has been in progress for quite some time, and the route between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami was expected to open earlier this fall. During the testing phase, All Aboard Florida plans 10 passenger-free round trips per day on the 30-minute route between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The train is expected to start accepting passengers for the West Palm Beach – Fort Lauderdale journey later this month, with service to Miami set to begin in early 2018.
Service to Orlando is scheduled for Phase 2 of the project, though an opening date has not been announced.
When the West Palm Beach – Miami route is fully operational, a one-way trip between the cities will take about 60 minutes. According to NPR, that round-trip can take up to 5 hours in a car thanks to heavy traffic on congested South Florida highways.
Once the train route reaches Orlando, South Florida residents will have a much easier way to get from Miami to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, covering the 235-mile journey in about 3 hours.