All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is accepting applications for roughly 200 positions it plans to fill as part of its plan to launch passenger train servicebetween West Palm Beach and Miami this summer along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.
The company plans to hire 90 employees in the West Palm Beach area, Dave Howard, the company’s chief executive officer said Friday. Jobs include security officers, train attendants and guest service agents.
Those interested in applying should visit the company’s website, gobrightline.com/careers, to view a current list of openings, he added.
Howard, an executive from the sports and entertainment industry who joined Brightline’s team in March, said the company is focused on customer service and creating a “culture of care” for its passengers.
“Hospitality has not met train travel,” Howard said. “It will here.”
Brightline has said it will start “pre-season” service between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale in late July. Service between West Palm Beach and Miami is expected to begin in August.
A grand opening of the rail project is planned for mid-September, the company has said.
The company has yet to release its ticket prices, but a Brightline official told members of the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization last week that the rates will be “competitive to the cost of driving your car.”
Brightline plans to eventually extend the service to Orlando.
Track work for the second phase of the project, which runs between West Palm Beach and Orlando, has not yet begun. Treasure Coast leaders are challenging that stretch of the project, and have filed a federal lawsuit to block bonds that the company had planned to use to pay for the construction.
Brightline officials have said it will take about 2 years from the start of construction for the company to complete the West Palm Beach to Orlando leg.
In South Florida, work on Brightline stations in West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale is nearly complete. Construction crews are expected to turn over the properties to Brightline officials within the next week or two, Howard said.
Testing on the company’s first two trains is underway. Two more trains are expected to arrive in West Palm Beach in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Brightline officials said work continues on a plan to implement a “quiet zone” to silence train horns along the FEC tracks.
Brightline officials have said the first phase of the quiet zone will be installed along an 11-mile stretch of track that runs from West Palm Beach to Lantana. The company has been testing its first train, called BrightBlue because of the color of its passenger cars, along that section of rail.
Brightline officials said Friday the quiet zone is expected to be in place between West Palm Beach and Boca at the time the company begins service this summer.
Work to install a quiet zone from West Palm Beach north to the county line won’t start until Brightline begins construction on its second phase, which will extend the passenger service to Orlando.
Brightline this month launched a safety campaign designed to warn students and those living near the FEC corridor about the dangers of walking along train tracks.
The company has asked cities along the route to help promote the campaign, part of a national program called Operation Lifesaver, which is designed to reduce collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and prevent trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
Brightline’s safety and security team is also planning to hold a meeting with local police and fire officials in the coming weeks.