Brightline Trains Hit 79 Miles Per Hour On First Passenger Run

Brightline really is fast, according to those invited aboard the trains for the first time last week.

Jim Kovalsky, president of the Florida East Coast Railway Society, told TV station WFLX that the average speed on the West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale leg was 75 miles per hour, while a top speed was clocked at 79 miles per hour.

Overall, the trip took 29 minutes. By comparison, Google Maps says the same trip would take 46 minutes by car at 5 am, when traffic is light.

Only friends and family were invited on the Saturday trip. Service will open to the public this week.

Service to Miami is now expected to begin as soon as spring, as Brightline is waiting for the complex MiamiCentral construction project to be ready.