Brightline to Suspend Service on Saturday, August 31 Due to Hurricane Dorian
Final Departures from WPB and MIA Will Leave at 12 pm.
MIAMI, Fl. (August 30, 2019) - Based on Hurricane Dorian's current path and anticipated high winds, Brightline will be operating on an alternate schedule on Saturday, August 31. Our final northbound and southbound departures from West Palm Beach and Miami will depart at 12:00 pm. Fares have also been reduced to $5 as guests make final storm preparations.
Brightline's alternate schedule of southbound trains include an 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. departure from West Palm Beach and northbound train departing Virgin MiamiCentral at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Service will be suspended after the 12:00 p.m. departures both north and southbound at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.
Rail crossings along the corridor will be secured by Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) in anticipation of gusts reaching 35 mph within the next 72 hours. All Brightline stations including West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Virgin MiamiCentral will close until train service resumes.
“Hurricane Dorian has the potential to have a catastrophic impact on the state of Florida and we encourage everyone to take warnings seriously,” said Brightline President Patrick Goddard. “Please follow your hurricane check-list and make arrangements now to ensure you and loved ones are safe before, during and after the storm.”
The reduced schedule is available at www.gobrightline.com and guests are encouraged to monitor Brightline on Twitter, Facebook and the website for real-time service updates. Once the storm passes, all Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) rail and signals will be inspected before service resumes.
Further, all Brightline construction zones, including Phase 2 between South Florida and Orlando, are currently being secured with the removal of loose materials.
Launched in 2018, Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, is backed by Fortress Investment Group LLC and it is the only privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail service in the United States. Brightline connects dynamic, complementary cities and congested corridors that are too close to fly and too long to drive. Providing fast, efficient, hospitality-driven transportation featuring the latest in customer-friendly amenities, Brightline currently operates in Florida between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans to expand into Orlando and Tampa. The Company recently announced that it will construct and operate a new express service connecting Las Vegas and Southern California.
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