Brightline trains to start Miami service May 19

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Brightline ticked off one more milestone Friday when it unveiled MiamiCentral, its downtown Miami transportation hub.

The higher-speed passenger railroad, which began limited service Jan. 8 between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, will extend scheduled service to Miami beginning May 19.

Patrick Goddard, Brightline president and chief operating officer, on Friday pointed to the railroad’s “unprecedented investment in Florida,” predicting MiamiCentral “will be a significant landmark in Miami for generations, and Brightline will connect the state in ways that haven’t been done before.”

More than just a train station, Goddard and others said at unveiling ceremonies Friday, MiamiCentral — an 11-acre complex in downtown Miami — will be a connecting point among Brightline; Metrorail, an elevated train that serves Miami International Airport; and Metromover, a downtown-Miami people mover which stops at the waterfront Bay Side Marketplace and American Airlines Arena.

Tri-Rail, a commuter-rail line which now runs between Miami airport and Palm Beach County on tracks west of Brightline’s, plans to expand service next year using Brightline’s tracks and running through MiamiCentral.

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