Brightline Will Resume Service In Early November 2021

Brightline is finally resuming service.

The higher-speed passenger rail line will resume service from Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in early November 2021, the company said today.

“We are thrilled to be gearing up to welcome guests back aboard Brightline,” said Brightline President Patrick Goddard. “Over the last few months, we’ve made upgrades to our guest experience and made significant strides in construction. Our goal remains the same, to take cars off the road while offering the most convenient way to travel in South Florida and a guest-first experience.”

Here are the details of Brightline’s resumption and new initiatives planned.

Passenger experience will be nearly touchless, with masks required

The company is taking the safety of customers seriously.

All passengers and employees will be required to wear masks both in stations and aboard trains at all times. Employees will also be required to be vaccinated.

The system will be “almost touchless,” with enhanced safety measures including increased cleaning, pre-packaged foods, touchless bathrooms, cashless payment and electronic tickets. Plexiglass dividers are being introduced at the private four-person table configurations within each coach to increase privacy and distancing.

Inside, each train will have a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization developed by Siemens to neutralize pathogens, viruses and bacteria. The Ozone-Free system works by artificially creating millions of positive and negative ions, or charged particles.

New door-to-door service – by golf cart, luxury car, and other options

Brightline is introducing a new service that will sell you a ticket to and from your door.

Passengers will be able to book a first and last-mile mobility option to and from their train. Options will  include public transit, micromobility — such as a bike or e-scooter — rideshare, on-demand shared shuttles, private luxury cars, and even golf carts.

The company is partnering with Iomob for the new service, becoming their first U.S. customer.

Hundreds of new jobs starting at $18 per hour

Brightline is now looking to hire nearly 200 employees, with starting wages at $18 per hour.

The company will also offer employee benefits and a comprehensive total rewards package with access to resources that support their professional and personal growth.

Launch date, expansion to Orlando, and beyond

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach service will resume once the the Federal Railroad Administration grants certification to Brightline’s new positive train control safety system, sometime in early November. An exact date will be announced in the next few weeks.

New stations are also coming soon to Aventura and Boca Raton, the company said today. The station in Aventura is currently under construction, while the Boca Raton station is expected to break ground in the coming months.

Construction to Orlando has surpassed the halfway point and remains on target to be complete by the end of 2022, the company said.

Negotiations are underway on an expansion to both Disney and Tampa

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

They screwed over all of their staff laying them all off back in April of last year and they stayed shutdown longer than they had ever been in service. No other train service in the whole country did this

Anonymous
1 month ago

If this is still around in 5 years it’ll be a miracle. What nut job tourist would pay multiple times the cost of a rental car to sit in a metal tube masked up with strangers and then have to take a golf cart to their final destination? The trainosexuals can beat off to this news til the end of days, but reality is stated above.

Anonymous
1 month ago

was just in a train in europe, you should travel and try it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

issue is not that trains are good or not, its that theres absolutely no infrastructure either side to get around, but I can see tourists getting the metromover from MIA to Brightline and then the train straight to Disney where they won’t need one, the cost of hiring a car for two weeks that you only use for two trips to the airport might just be enough.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, I’ll save my money and retire early. Enjoy bagging groceries in your 70s.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The shutdown was necessary to build the Positive Train Control System.
Brightline will be much safer when service resumes.
I look forward to taking the train to Disney.
The Aventura station will also be a nice addition.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least that’s what they told you in the company meeting.

Azarius
1 month ago

We need a update on the intercostal line, will it be operated by Brightline, will tri rail be able to use the lines, new routes and timeline til it’s up and running.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ll wait until things get back to normal to ride Brightline again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We want Coastal Link!

Anonymous
1 month ago

awesome

Anonymous
1 month ago

So no more open bar and drinks at every stop, plus a mask. No I rather drive that “customer safety” is codename for being cheap.

Azarius
1 month ago

Mask is for safety. Rather mandatory mask than mandatory vaccinations

Anonymous
1 month ago

I used to love getting drunk on Brightline on my weekend trips!

Lol
1 month ago

Why is it that even counties and states with mask mandates had just as many cases per capita as those without?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why is it that people can’t understand data and what per capita means? Your statement makes no sense.

Azarius
1 month ago

The thing about statistics is everyone can’t read them correctly

Azarius
1 month ago

Or understand/interpret them correctly

Anonymous
1 month ago

The “higher-speed” passenger rail line will resume service … #HighERspeed ??? LMAO

Anonymous
1 month ago

Faster than before, still slower than driving.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not technically high speed as of yet but soon to be on at least portions of the MIA-ORL route

Anonymous
1 month ago

Unless electrified and completely grade separated (overpasses at every crossing), true HSR wouldn’t be possible. The only place it could be in South Florida is along freeways, which makes no sense when stops would be miles away from destinations. Why do you think Scott canceled it, and instead we got something closer to urban areas using existing resource for a fraction of the cost?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, high speed rail is 150 mph or greater. Brightline’s highest speed will be 125 mph on the Cocoe Beach Orlando run, falling short to qualify as high speed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wait what? No more unlimited drinks in the select lounge?

Ill just drive my car to orlando and drink all I want on the way! Cheers

Anonymous
1 month ago

if you wanna take the chance of getting a arrested for drinking and driving or crashing into another vehicle because you’re so drunk then that’s your choice. Anyway, where does it say you can’t bring your own alcohol and drink it on the train?

Xavier
1 month ago

He was joking….

Anonymous
1 month ago

thought the same lol I loved all those free titos

Anonymous
1 month ago

When will trirail service to downtown miami finally begin?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Brightline winning!

Leo
1 month ago

Also they don’t mention about the increase of the fare, and by adding Aventura and Boca Stations is no longer called high speed train, plus the company is offering $18 per hour for the new hires, but mandatory vaccine for all? Not thanks

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lets be honest, you never would have ridden on the Brightline even if they announced no masks and everyone can cough and spit on each other on the train for maximum COVID exposure.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No masks on trains! The pandemic isn’t real!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. and the deaths of non-vaccinated people we hear and read about isn’t real also.

lol…