By GERRY BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
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WEST PALM BEACH_ Brightline is back!
The private rail service officially welcomed passengers this morning, and Brightline President Patrick Goddard, joined by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James, were on hand at Brightline's West Palm Beach station to mark the occasion.
Speaking to assembled media, Goddard spoke about the benefits of rail travel between West Palm and Miami. "I95 has returned to pre-COVID travel levels," he said. "It's actually surpassed 100 percent of what it was pre-COVID, so there's no better time for Brightline to return to service."
Goddard also gave an update on other Brightline projects, including service extension to Orlando -- about 70 percent complete -- and the launch of Brightline Plus, offering door-to-door service via a fleet of Brightline-branded vehicles.
"Brightline means so much to this city," said Mayor james. "Brightline makes West Palm part of a region," he said, "connecting us to Miami and Fort Lauderdale," which he pointed out was important for both residents and potential businesses who want to relocate here.
At the same, riders will notice new features and upgrades at the stations and on the trains. Take a look:
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