Flights from Miami to Miami International Airport have become an option for passengers seeking a bit of a break.
It has also helped the rail and truck industry.
“The problem is the people who need the sleepers aren’t going to get them,” said Mark Buehner, vice president of operations for the Florida East Coast Railway, which operates the Northeast Corridor between Miami and Tampa.
“If they get to Florida, they are going to sleep there.”
The Northeast Corridor has a population of about 1.8 million people and a capacity of 8 million passengers a day.
The service also has trains and freight trains to serve Florida cities and ports, which in turn have thousands of passengers daily.
The Northeast is the fourth-busiest rail service in the U.S. and its passenger train service has been in operation since 2009.
The rail line has been shut down four times since 2010 due to safety and environmental concerns.
But Buehler said it has been a boon to the state’s economy.
“We have had a tremendous uptick in tourism in Florida because we are able to bring the trains and the trains have a great reputation,” he said.
“They are very comfortable and comfortable to use.”
The train service is the largest of its kind in the country and the Northeast is also the only train service that can take off and land vertically.
Bueker said there are no restrictions on how much sleepers can be brought on a train.
The train operator is now working to set up a sleepers section on the Northeast Railroad’s Northeast Corridor from Miami International to Tampa International Airport.
The company is trying to make it a popular option for people who want to stay at home, Bueher said.
It will be a challenge, but we’re very happy to have this section.
“This is a good service that we’re trying to put out there,” he added.
The sleepers will be the first in a series of changes that are being made to make the Northeast more appealing for passengers.
In addition to increasing the length of the train service and increasing the number of seats available, the Northeast also will be offering a discount for travelers who buy two nights or more at the same time.
It also will offer sleepers in some areas of Florida.
Buesher said they will also offer a discount on meals for passengers in Florida.
“For those who have two nights, we are offering a 20 percent discount, which means the price of the meal for two nights is $10 less than the price for one night,” he explained.
“That’s one of the reasons why we’re putting in these sleepers and sleeping in them.”
The changes are being announced in the wake of the March 11 shooting at a Fort Lauderdale nightclub, which killed 49 people.
Bucehner said the company is aware of the events and the tragedy, but said he has been briefed on the changes.
“It’s a very difficult situation, but the changes we’re making are going in the right direction,” he told ABC News.
The changes have also been welcomed by the airline industry, which is already seeing some changes in its scheduling of flights.
BUEHERER: The Northeast corridor is being rebranded, with a sleeper section at all terminals.
But there will be no sleepers on the first day.
BUBEKER: We will be doing a two-day schedule, but if you have two days you will not be allowed to sleep on one day.
It is not possible for us to change schedules and make it happen.
The change comes after months of protests against the Northeast Rail Service.
On April 13, hundreds of passengers took to the tracks, blocking trains and vandalizing the tracks.
The next day, more than 10,000 people took to downtown Miami and flooded a city block with signs demanding a reopening of the Northeast corridor.
The protests were largely peaceful.
But in response to the March incident, the Transportation Security Administration issued an order that required passengers to board a plane within 30 minutes of the time they arrived at the airport.
“These are extremely dangerous times and we don’t want to see any incidents like what happened in Fort Lauderdale,” Buekers said.
Buelker said the airline is confident that the Northeast will be back on track, though the changes will be phased in over the next year.
The railroad company also is working to improve its sleeping accommodations, including replacing sleeping bags with a more comfortable sleeping pad.
BUTHERER ON BUSES: We are doing all the work to make sure the sleeper sections are available.
But the thing is, we’ve got a lot of work to do, too.
We have a long way to go.
But this is the first step.
BUECKER: I think that the people have a right to sleep wherever they want to, but there will not have to be a sleep area on the train.
BUSTON: The people who live in the cities that we serve