Brightline won't begin first leg of service in July

High-speed passenger train 'on track' for fall grand opening

Brightline is "on track for a grand opening in Miami in the fall," a spokeswoman tells (Todd Tongen/WPLG)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The first leg of a high-speed passenger train that will eventually connect Miami to Orlando won't be opening next month.

Brightline said in March that introductory express service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale would begin in July, but that is no longer the case.

"We're still on track for a grand opening in Miami in the fall, which has been our current timeline for a few months now," Brightline spokeswoman Ali Soule said Thursday in an email to

The company previously said that service to Miami was expected to begin in late August, but no definitive timeline was given Thursday.

"Brightline is working diligently to complete construction of its stations and infrastructure, test its amazing trainsets and add hundreds of new employees," according to a Brightline statement. "We look forward to providing our guests with an exceptional travel experience in late summer and early fall. Additional details regarding the precise timing of our service launch will be available as we progress."

Soule said pricing will be announced closer to launch.