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The privately owned, billion project is slated to start service in 2017.All Aboard Florida and tourism officials say the trains and their stations could transform travel throughout Florida, one of the country's most populous states.Providing trains as an alternative could ease congestion on the roads and alleviate pressure on crowded airports."Half of our business is international," says William Talbert, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.A publicly led high-speed rail system is under construction in California.That will eventually connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours.

A privately owned and operated passenger rail service is on track to begin connecting travelers in four major Florida cities by mid-2017.

Today, All Aboard Florida is slated to reveal that the new express inter-city train travel service, which will cost more than billion to build, will be called the Brightline.

"They're really not building any more major highways or new roads, so this leads to ever-growing congestion.

The only way out of this downward spiral is to move thousands of people out of cars and into fast trains."Mike Reininger, president of Brightline, says it's not just about speed. The company plans to blend train travel and hospitality in a way that hasn't been done since the heyday of passenger rail service in the 1940s and '50s."Everything from how you communicate with us — whether on the computer or mobile device — to the experience in our stations that we are building and operating, …

Brightline trains will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando along a 235-mile route.