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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) —  Orlando’s first light-rail, mass transit system opened Wednesday.

Political figures from around that state will be some of its first official passengers.

Riders from the general public can begin using the train Thursday.

Officials acknowledge that it will easily be the region’s largest mass transportation experiment when riders begin using the first 32-mile phase of the $1.2 billion project aimed at easing traffic on Interstate 4 and securing the area’s long-term economic health.

Riders will be able to use it free for the first two weeks. Organizers also say about 15,000 people have already bought pre-sold tickets for when paying service begins.

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