Brightline services resumed Monday morning for the first time since March of 2020.
"This is a very exciting day for us," said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline.
Services between West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami stopped because of the pandemic.
Now that trains are back and running, so is the full schedule, offering 16 trains southbound and another 16 northbound every day. The trains leave about every hour on average, taking about 30 minutes between stops.
“We are not here for today or tomorrow we are here for the next 50 to 100 years," said Goddard.
“It only makes our city more attractive to our residents, new residents and even businesses," said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James during a news conference.
Video below : Brightline news conference in West Palm Beach
Brightline has also been working on a major project, which will expand its services to Orlando, and is expected to be finished sometime by late 2022 or early 2023.
Goddard said the project is about 70% complete.
"This will be a great way to travel back and forth," said George White from Wellington. "I just can’t wait for them to get to Orlando," Goddard said.
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COVID-19 protocols on board have changed. Brightline said its employees are all required to be vaccinated and is operating cash-free. Ticket buyers will need to use their cards or purchase online.
Due to federal regulations, masks are still required both in the station and on the train.
For more information from Brightline, or to buy tickets, click here.
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