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Private passenger train to connect Miami and Orlando


MIAMI (AP) — The first big test of whether private high-speed passenger train service can thrive in the United States will launch Friday when Florida’s Brightline begins running trains between Miami and Orlando, reaching speeds of 125 mph (200 km/h).

It’s a $5 billion bet that Brightline’s owner, Fortress Investment Group, is making, estimating that eventually 8 million people a year will make the 3.5-hour, 235-mile (378-kilometer) trip between largest tourist centers in the state, about 30 minutes less than the average trip between the two cities. The company charges individual passengers $158 round-trip in business class and $298 in first class, with families and groups able to purchase four round-trip tickets for $398. Thirty-two trains will run daily.

Brightline, which began operating its neon yellow trains on the 70 miles (112 kilometers) between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2018, is the first private intercity passenger service to begin operations in the United States in a century. It is also building a line linking Southern California to Las Vegas that it hopes to open in 2027 with trains that will reach 305 km/h. The only other high-speed line in the United States is Amtrak’s Acela service between Boston and Washington, D.C., which began in 2000. Amtrak is owned by the federal government.

“It’s a pretty important moment, whether you think about it in the context of the state of Florida or what it could mean for these types of products as they expand elsewhere in the United States,” Mike said Reininger, CEO of Brightline, in a statement. recent interview. “The idea that my car is the only way for me to get where I need to go is being challenged by a new product. A new product that is safer, more environmentally friendly, is a great value proposition (and) it’s fun.


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