Brightline to remain shut down for months

In social media posts, Florida passenger service offers no indication when service might resume
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A Brightline train departs West Palm Beach, Fla., in January 2019. The passenger operator, shut down since late March, says service will remain suspended for "the coming months."
TRAINS: David Lassen

Virgin Trains USA says its Brightline passenger service in Florida will remain suspended for months, giving no indication when service might resume. In a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday, the passenger railroad said it is “evaluating scenarios for providing passenger service,” but “we do not anticipate resuming operations in the coming months.”

The company says it is expected to take “a long period of time” for service demands to return to pre-COVID-19 levels, and that it remains focused on construction to Orlando as well as the previously announced addition of stations in Boca Raton, Aventura, and at PortMiami. [See “Virgin Trains plans port station, new bridge in Florida,” Trains News Wire, Oct. 30, 2019]. The company has been planning to rebrand Brightline as Virgin Trains USA, but has yet to indicate when that changeover will occur.

It said it will “look forward to welcoming you back on board when the time is right.” Brightline suspended operations and laid off 250 workers on March 25 [see “News Wire Digest for Thursday, March 26”]. It had reduced service because of the coronavirus outbreak a week earlier.





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