Brightline will launch introductory service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale this morning. Here are five things you need to know before getting on the train:
The stations are cashless. Make sure you have a credit card with you if you need to buy a ticket or plan to buy food and drinks either in Brightline’s station or on its trains. You can’t pay with cash.
Brightline is bright! At the West Palm Beach station, glare coming though the floor to ceiling windows can be strong. Bring sunglasses!
Friends ride free. The company is offering a special promotion through March 31, according to its website. If you buy a ticket, you can book a seat for a friend for free. To receive the deal, use the promo code BLFRIEND when you buy your ticket.
This is not Tri-Rail. Unlike Tri-Rail, which runs on the CSX Transportation tracks that parallel Interstate 95, Brightline operates on the eastern FEC tracks. Tri-Rail has multiple stops at stations along its route. Brightline has just two stops — West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. While Tri-Rail offers public transportation to commuter travelers, Brightline offers a more luxurious ride centered on customer service.
You have to enter your full name and birthday when you buy a ticket. Brightline uses the federal government’s Security Flight Passenger Data program, part of the security watch-list matching process. As part of the program, Brightline collects your full name, gender and date of birth.