Brightline launches its first trains, hopes to expand


Bella Velez

Scanning her ticket, Evelyn Velez enters the Brightline station in Ft. Lauderdale. Brightline launched the week of Jan. 8, opening two stations in South Florida. The stations include a café, waiting lounge, and a luggage check-in.

Recently, Brightline launched its new train system that hoped to revitalize transportation in South Florida. The trains were diesel–electric, high speed rail systems spanning from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm. According to, the train was owned by All Aboard Florida, a subdivision of Florida East Coast Industries.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline, said in an interview with NPR. “This a transformative venture for South Florida; this is going to transform how people move around the state and its progressing very beautifully.”

The first privately owned railroad in South Florida, Brightline boasts two new stations, with two more, located in Miami and Orlando, in the works. The Miami Central station stretches across six blocks, a central for four different train lines including Brightline and Tri-Rail.

The train line strives for a modern and clean feel. Both the trains and stations incorporate hard lines and light colors to transport commuters into a futuristic state. Goddard had hoped that those that choose to ride felt the same way.

“This is why I really want people to experience this,” Goddard said, “because when you compare it to getting into your car and you compare it to sitting in traffic, and then you experience what we’re offering here, there is nothing like it.”