Brightline Begins Introductory Service Sat., Jan. 13

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Our frequent trains are a fast and convenient way to skip traffic and connect you with people and places across South Florida.

Brightline today announced that its privately funded passenger-rail service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, will begin January 13.

Within hours of announcing that its introductory service would begin Saturday, Brightline's website malfunctioned, preventing prospective passengers from booking trips on the new trains. The Miami station is set to open later this year.

Each of Brightline's five trains consists of two locomotives and four passenger cars and can hold about 240 riders. Orlando alone attracted 68 million visitors in 2016, according to Visit Orlando, the city's official tourism association.

Brightline President Patrick Goddard on Thursday hailed the launch of Brightline as a "transformative" moment for South Florida. Seniors, active military and veterans will receive a 10 percent pricing discount, and kids 12 years old and under will receive a 50 percent pricing discount.

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Equipped with comfortable seats, the train will travel between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale at up to 70 miles per hour, creating a trip that lasts only 30 minutes.

Brightline attributed the glitch to "overwhelming excitement". Officials tell local news outlets the company will make 10 round trips daily and nine trips on weekends.

A one-way ticket will cost $10 for its coach class "smart service" and $15 for its business class "select service", Brightline announced Thursday.

Despite Treasure Coast opposition, Brightline said it will begin work on the project's second phase as early as this month.