All aboard Bright­line!

Dis­count tick­ets to ride the rapid train are al­most sold out.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Wayne K. Rous­tan Staff writer

Peo­ple look­ing to sam­ple Bright­line’s higher-speed pas­sen­ger trains at deep dis­count prices this week­end, may be out of luck soon. Tick­ets are go­ing fast. Bright­line of­fi­cials say the $3 and $5 fares of­fered only for Satur­day and Sun­day rides are al­most sold out for ev­ery train be­tween West Palm Beach, Fort Laud­erdale and Miami.

The dis­count tick­ets were priced to cel­e­brate the May 19 start of reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger ser­vice to Mi­amiCen­tral sta­tion at 600 NW First Ave.

The dis­count prices are good sys­tem-wide, but the seat­ing is as­signed. It you miss your train your ticket won’t be good on the next train.

Park­ing is free at all three Bright­line train sta­tion garages and there will be two days of fes­tiv­i­ties at the Mi­amiCen­tral sta­tion this week­end but only for those with Bright­line train tick­ets. They can be pur­chased on­line at GoBright­line.com and at the train sta­tions. Bright­line does not take cash pay­ments.

If you use Lyft ride-shar­ing to each sta­tion, you re­ceive a $5 credit to­ward the train ride. Type in the pro­mo­tional code: BRIGHTLINE305.

There are seven de­par­tures from Miami about ev­ery two hours be­gin­ning at 9:10 a.m. Satur­day and Sun­day.

Fort Laud­erdale has eight de­par­tures to Miami on Satur­day and seven on Sun­day, all be­gin­ning at 7:42 a.m.

Like­wise, Fort Laud­erdale has eight Satur­day and seven

Sun­day de­par­tures to West Palm Beach be­gin­ning at 9:45 a.m.

Bright­line trains de­part West Palm Beach eight times Satur­day and seven times Sun­day ev­ery two hours be­gin­ning at 7 a.m.

The travel time be­tween sta­tions is 30 to 40 min­utes.

As of Thurs­day, al­most all this week­end’s dis­count rides were sold out ex­cept for the first and last few trains of each day.

Start­ing Mon­day, in­tro­duc­tory fares will be:

$10 in the Smart coach, $15 to $20 in the Se­lect coach for a one-way trip be­tween each sta­tion (Miami, Fort Laud­erdale and West Palm Beach).

$15 in the Smart coach, and $25 in the Se­lect coach if go­ing the dis­tance, oneway, be­tween Miami and West Palm Beach.

Chil­dren un­der 12 get a 50 per­cent dis­count.

Se­niors 65 or older, ac­tive mil­i­tary, veter­ans, and mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Rail­road Pas­sen­gers get 10 per­cent off.

Uni­formed law en­force­ment of­fi­cers will get free rides.

Bright­line of­fi­cials gave no date for the start of reg­u­lar fares other than to say they would fluc­tu­ate dur­ing peak travel times daily.

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