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High speed train, looking to fill hundreds of new jobs

Brightline trains adds hundreds of new jobs in Florida. (CBS12)

Brightline is planning to hire 200 people as it launches high speed rail service in Florida.

Dave Howard, CEO of Brightline, said the 200 positions will be for a variety of roles through the company’s operations and stations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

VIDEO: SNEAK PEEK: CBS12 takes you inside to see the work coming along at Brightline’s West Palm Beach station.

This week crews installed ticket scanners on the second floor of Brightline’s West Palm Beach station, where work continues around the clock ahead of the stations’ opening this Summer.

The $2.5 billion project will launch high speed rail service in July between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Service with Miami will be added in August. The overall plan is to link Orlando to Miami, with stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

With trains reaching speeds between 79 and 125 miles per hour, it is expected passengers can get from Orlando International Airport to Miami in three hours.

“We thought of everything,” said Dave Howard, CEO of Brightline. “We want them to have the fast, convenient, productive, enjoyable travel experience.”

Howard says train cars will be unlike any other train experience, with leather seats, WiFi, and other attractive amenities.

Not only will Brightline be the introduction of high speed rail to Florida, but Howard says they hope to one day offset car travel.

“The state is being chocked by traffic because population is so dense, and it’s only growing and this is part of the solution,” Howard said.

Howard took over the top job at Brightline in March after holding executive positions in the past with New York Mets, and Madison Square Gardens Sports. He takes over a project that he admits has faced some criticism, especially those living on the Treasure Coast who say high speed rail will have a negative impact on the environment.

“Small minority that have been opposed I think a lot of that is not fully understanding the scope and information of what we’re doing and commitment to safety and extraordinary investment into that infrastructure,” Howard said.

In the coming months, Brightline is expected to release specific details about fare prices and schedules.

Those interested in available Brightline jobs can apply online at www.GoBrightline.com/careers.


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