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