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Virgin Trains USA Not Restarting Service Yet

The closely monitored private rail company says it has no plans to reopen in Florida any time soon, even as the state relaxes its stay-at-home orders and intercity rail in other parts of the country prepares to restart.
May 24, 2020, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The West Palm Beach station in the Virgin Trains USA system.
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"Virgin Trains USA said Wednesday that it won’t restart its fledgling railroad service in Florida for months, even as the state begins reopening and mass transit reemerges from the coronavirus shutdown in other parts of the country," reports Jonathan Levin.

In the meantime, the company says it is focusing on "construction to Orlando and the development of new stations in Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami," according to Levin.

Service on the Miami-to-West Palm Beach route has been suspended since March, shortly before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order. For a comparison, Amtrak is planning to restart Acela service on the Northeast Corridor on June 1.

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Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Bloomberg
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