Hoping to clear over 3 million cars from Florida's congested highways, All Aboard Florida
's new $3 billion Brightline high-speed rail service will begin service later this month.
Brightline, the country's first privately-owned high speed rail, will begin initial tests this week between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with an eventual plan to launch full passenger service before the end of the year, reports NPR.
This announcement marks significant progress in the phase one section of this ambitious project, which will also connect to Miami sometime in early 2018.
When completed, a round trip between Miami and West Palm Beach, which can often take upwards of five hours because of packed rush-hour highways, will only take about two hours by train. All Aboard Florida says their trains travel between 79-125 miles per hour.
No specific dates or time frames have been announced for the phase two portion to Orlando. The phase two section is expected to make the 235-mile journey from Orlando to Miami in about 3 hours.
All Aboard Florida has yet to announce ticket prices.