Aventura To Downtown Miami In 15 Minutes: More Details Of Brightline’s Aventura Station

Brightline held a groundbreaking ceremony in September for a new station in Aventura and is promising a 15 minute ride to downtown Miami in 2021. Here are more details of the station.

The station is being built on a 3-acre property at 19796 West Dixie Highway, and Miami-Dade taxpayers are spending a total of $76 million to purchase the property for Brightline and to build the station.

A 17,500 square foot passenger terminal will include mostly lounge areas, along with food and beverage, security and baggage storage, the plans show.

Passengers will access the trains by taking an escalator to a bridge that crosses West Dixie Highway. The tracks don’t run through the actual property, and are instead across the street, requiring the bridge.

Another pedestrian bridge is also being built that crosses Biscayne Boulevard to Aventura Mall.

Most of the rest of the station property will be used for surface parking, with 240-290 spaces. There is also a bus drop off area.

Opening of the station is expected in Fall 2021.

By 2023, Brightline expects 1,478 passengers per day in Aventura, for a total of 539,033 per year, according to bond offering memorandum to investors last month.

Each of the 539,033 Aventura passengers is expected to pay an average fare of $26.65, generating total revenue of $14 million.

The company’s numbers conservatively assume that 100% of passengers to downtown Miami will be displaced by a proposed commuter rail service, which will have lower fares. Revenue from that deal will make up for the loss of passengers, Brightline told investors.

The commuter service is expected to take 30 minutes from Aventura to downtown Miami, instead of the express 15 minute service.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 months ago

Miami Beach is the most needed missing link

Anonymous
5 months ago

Fantastic!! But we also need to extend the metromover to the whole Miami and Miami Beach

Anonymous
5 months ago

Extend metromover to disney

Anonymous
5 months ago

Including a spur to Ocala.

Anonymous
5 months ago

$26.65 is pricey for fare

Anonymous
5 months ago

Express service comes at a premium.

Anonymous
5 months ago

uber is cheaper

Anonymous
5 months ago

But not by much at rush hour, and probably longer, too.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Does mention the commuter line will be cheaper, you’re only paying the more expensive fare if you want to skip all the stations that will be built in between downtown and aventura. $26.65 has to be round trip too I feel like, I took it one way to Fort Lauderdale once and it was cheaper than that pretty sure

Anonymous
5 months ago

I think it’s one way.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Too high of a fare.
To go where?
Brightline Station and you step out and it’s a blighted, homeless squatter zone. In Aventura, it will be the mall. Yeah, like people are going to walk to a mall to catch a train downtown to get mugged.

Mr. Miami
5 months ago

Head back north you goat roper!

Anonymous
5 months ago

When was the last time you’ve been to downtown lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

the 80’s lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

Don’t comment reality here ok

Anonymous
5 months ago

Will we see something to Wynwood being considered soon? That with Midtown and the Design District will be very successful stations.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

This is the problem with waiting for density. The land acusition costs is 76 million for 3 acres. $26 express ride to Downtown. From Aventura??? Who are these people? The goal is not mass transit… It’s sweetheart deals for private companies living off public tax dollars.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Don’t blame private companies, blame the people who want these stations.

Anonymous
5 months ago

or the state for turning down federal funding

Anonymous
5 months ago

Republicans.

Anonymous
5 months ago

If you would have read the article it explicitly states that the $26 fare would be for an express service. The cheaper fare that departs a longer time intervals will come on line with the other stations. Brightline has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in bond offerings, a paltry 76 million is hardly living off public tax dollars.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

I read the article. Re-read my comment. I said “express” What are you talking about? As far as 76 million being paltry, tell that to the county. Extending our existing mass transit solutions – metro mover and metro rail is too expensive. First there is no density, then it’s too expensive and now it’s just pennies. Make it up as they go I guess.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I like the options of having express and local at a cheaper rate.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Why do we speak of metromover so much on this site and not metrorail? We need to extand that rather than metromover! Faster and can hold more passengers makes way more sense!

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

Metro Mover for transit within the city of Miami (Downtown, Brickell, Wynwood, Midtown, Design District) . Metro Rail for transit between cities (Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Airport, Homestead etc) Ideally you want 1 seat from the airport to the cities.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Look at where the MetroMover ends north of downtown. Nothing has been done with this system since 1993. While these elected officials scratch their heads about what kind of rail system to build that would benefit the people in the northwest and northeast area of where the Metromover ends, they just ignore and let it go to waste year after year after year. Meanwhile, we see land bridges being built unnecessarily at this time, proposal for a monorail, and a proposal for a very expensive tunnel, while a logical MetroMover system just sit there in plain site just waiting for them to do more of something with it.

A lot of people are tired of seeing this stupidity and backwards thinking in this city by elected officials who spend our tax dollars on unnecessary things while ignoring the bigger picture. The MetroMover went into service around 1986.. that’ll be 34 years ago this year! Extending the MetroMover is a no-brainer which could’ve and should’ve been done a long time ago.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

I’m a little concerned with the long term outlook of metro Mover. I often look for the county planning docs and I couldn’t find anything. New vehicles, expansion, build up because of increased ridership. I’ve only seen info on possible fares?

Anonymous
5 months ago

They don’t want to pay fares and it evokes a monorail fetish, despite not being one. The person/people constantly saying to extend it to Wynwood and the Design District. despite being along existing tracks ideal for Tri-Rail stops, probably wasn’t alive when The Simpsons made an episode making fun of his logic.

Anonymous
5 months ago

They would serve 2 totally different purposes and both can be extended. The tri-rail is and will most likely always be a commuter rail servers–i.e. less frequent, probably comes every 30-60 minutes. Where as the metromover is a localized APM service that comes much more frequently (every 4-8 minutes).

This makes the metromover ideal for traveling between neighborhoods (Brickell, Downtown, Omni, Wynwood) and the Tri-rail ideal for traveling between cities so expanding both would be in everyones best interest.

Anonymous
5 months ago

$26.65

This should be a non-starter.

Our leaders failed us once again. What a joke. It should be that divided by 10. $2.65.

Instead we’ll be told that rail must compete with the car, meanwhile our highways are subsidized at a cost of billions of $$$.

Just bring us tri rail already. We don’t need a fancy lounge while waiting for our commuter rail.

Anonymous
5 months ago

*$26 is for the EXPRESS Service not the commuter fare.

Highways service much more than commuters. If you can look past your own personal bubble you’ll realize that the highways are not only used by people, but the trucks and semis that transport each and every product you buy. The Metrorail or Tri-rail if you prefer, doesn’t transport our food nor the things we buy at the store.

Shawn Kouri
5 months ago

Yay. So now you don’t have to take the bus. You don’t even have to take your car.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Cars are obsolete. We need the metromover extended to the whole city

Anonymous
5 months ago

Let’s concentrate on extending MetroMover throughout Wynwwod, Edgewater, the Design District, and Miami Beach first.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Let’s concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other first.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Bullshit

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

It’s funny how the county never has money for our existing public transit modes, yet when there is a private partnership deal or land to give away we find the money immediately. Federal and state studies and approvals are no longer necessary. Construction starts before the ink dries. You can’t make this up.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The County is into this because it’s cheaper, ie, no need to buy land to run tracks. The tracks and trains (maintained by a private company) are already there.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Nice clean trains take us to Dadeland just the same train to Aventura. Who cares about tourists going to Orlando… Families with three or four kids need a van anyway, let them drive.

Realtalk Reilly
5 months ago

15 min to Miami? Sweet. Some nice new little apartments right there at 19860 W. Dixie Hwy. just doubled in value. Or at least 1.5x.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Tenants probably work at Aventura Hospital or Mall. Nice try though.

Fernando Gomez
4 months ago

Put a world class destination resort casino next to the downtown Miami station and Brightline will be successful. Everyone from Aventura, Ft. lauderdale, Palm Beach, Boca, and Orlando will be riding it to go to and from the Casino. Tax the gambling, and tax some of the ridership and let the residents of Miami win for once. Take that revenue and expand the Metro mover north and add more stops west on the metro mover. Take more of gambling tax revenue and build a computer rail to Miami Beach. You could build a a mass transportation network if you would put a world class billion dollar destination resort casino as the anchor. Instead, what do we do – complain about the lack of mass transit and focus on building silly bicycle lanes. These bicycle riders are not going to contribute anything to a significant contribution in making Miami better.

Anonymous
4 months ago

$27! LOL this is a joke.

Anonymous
5 months ago

ALL talk from this company. No real trains. No reliable service. Sham.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Boy.. there’s some really dumb people who comment on this site.

That’s like saying; No real clubs. No real restaurants. No where to go to in this city. Sham.

Amazing how some people just conveniently ignore how this corona virus has ravaged the U.S. economy.. especially after witnessing a second round of stimulus checks going out.

No real trains? But in the meantime Brightline is laying train tracks to Orlando right now!

Anonymous
5 months ago

Sometimes it’s pointless to even respond. It’s not like Brightline is accountable to its investors who closely watch the hundreds of millions of dollars they have vested in corporate bonds. Unlike the government with Amtrak, Tri-Rail or the Metrorail/Mover, Brightline cannot simply raise taxes and bail their way out of a financial ruin.

Anonymous
5 months ago

The train is an 19th century solution to a 21st century problem.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Tell that to the Europeans, the Japanese, and the Chinese, to mention just a few.

Anonymous
4 months ago

China is now the world’s largest car market. Chinese wallets are doing all the talking.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Uber in miami is the more affordable way to travel around. And cheap compare metro rail and brightline prices. That’s the truth.

Anonymous
5 months ago

For now…

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

This will continue to be the problem with catering our transit for the more wealthy and dense areas of the county. Uber makes more sense for the price with these folks. You would think ridership would increase because of the density but it doesn’t in these areas. Why take a train when you can get a ride and be dropped off at the door. The people that would use transit can not afford the Uber for the distance they are going.

Anonymous
5 months ago

And here it is.. political consideration rather than economic analysis. So mass transit for Brickell, Downtown, Wynwood/Midtown and Miami Beach should not be prioritized due to the fact that more rich people live there and prefer Uber? This kind of thinking is one of the reasons why the original Metrorail concept floundered. Take a look at the weekly ridership numbers on the north line in stations like Santa Clara, Brownsville, MLK Jr. Plaza etc. These stations are located within some of the poorest areas of Miami-Dade and yet they sport the lowest weekly ridership numbers. You can bash Brightline all you want but at least they are staking their investments on actual ridership data and not what is most “equitable”.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

That is true. They have the lowest ridership numbers. But that’s also due to the development around the stations. Single family. Someone didn’t think to use the land for TOD. There is a corridor that still has land to build MDUs on or off the potential railway and that uses the existing transit way heavily. Thats the south corridor.

Anonymous
5 months ago

That is why it is very difficult to build mass transit before hitting the density required to warrant such a system. Instead of prioritizing those areas of Miami-Dade that were projected to have healthy growth projections, county commissioners sought to provide mass transit equality for minority communities struggling with rampant crime and poverty. While a noble intention, those areas of Miami-Dade where experiencing declines in population after the explosion of violence after the late 1970s and 80s riots. After opening in the early 80s, ridership projections were completely off and the Federal Funds required to continue expanding dried up.

I sincerely hope that the areas along the northern line get the attention of developers, but most avoid these area as the commissioners in these districts are usually vehemently opposed to new developments due to fears of displacement and gentrification.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

Then we are at the chicken or egg paradox. Paying 70 million just for the land at each station. The solution must be a complete vision of the future is not sustainable. Our incremental bandaids with the hope of turning into a great system has left us with an inconvenient system. We have 1 corridor left that is almost an empty canvas for large scale development. Cheaper housing and diverse demographics.

Anonymous
5 months ago

I see it from a different perspective. The proposed commuter service proposed by Brightline can provide near immediate service to some of the fastest growing areas of the county with direct linkages to all of Miami transit systems. The simple reality is that the FEC owns the exclusive rights to the track’s utilization. Coastal link by Tri-Rail is simply a proposed negotiation with FEC for use of the corridor.

I think that it a great thing that FEC is open and willing to go ahead with a commuter service on its tracks. Remember the same FEC tracks carry all the cargo from port Miami and all trains that will run to and from Orlando. The county is much better off partnering with Brightline for the commuter service. You may baulk at a 70 million dollar investment for the acquisition of land for a county/brightline station, but consider the BILLIONS of dollars that it would take to acquire tracks of land to install a Metrorail along the same areas. The lawsuits/eminent domain cases would drag on for decades and may prove fruitless in the end. Keep an open mind, cities grow organically and seldom follow set plans. I appreciate the exchange of ideas Bryan, with conversation comes progress 👍🏼

Anonymous
5 months ago

Brightline is a sham

Anonymous
5 months ago

What people are Brightline shaming?.. county residents clamored for this station.

Bryan Riley
5 months ago

This is their playbook. Keep offering no solutions or improvements in existing modes until we basically beg for anything. Private company with political connections comes in as savior asking for a “paltry 76 million” County finds the money quickly with no need for state and federal government hoops. Construction starts immediately.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Yes.. while see nothing getting done for the southwest region in this city.

Anonymous
5 months ago

As compared to what? Amtrak and Tri-rail? Both Amtrak and Tri-rail have had decades to improve their service but have consistently come up short. I get that fares are not 3 bucks a ride but they are risking hundreds of millions of investors money into building what the public companies have failed to do.

For those that bring up Tri-rail in downtown:

Tri-rail service in downtown would have never occurred had it not been for an agreement with Brightline’s parent company, FEC, who owns the tracks and land. In exchange for use of the privately owned tracks and platform space in the station, the county contributed 70 million to help accommodate their space in MiamiCentral. Here is a link with details of the agreement

https://www.tri-rail.com/pages/view/downtown-miami-link

Mr. Miami
5 months ago

Said the hillbilly from New York

Anonymous
5 months ago

Exactly

Anonymous
5 months ago

Pointless that mall will be closed soon

Anonymous
5 months ago

How its always packed

Anonymous
5 months ago

its one of the most popular malls in florida. It wont be closing down anytime soon

Anonymous
5 months ago

Be nice guys and don’t burst his bubble. Probably hasn’t left his home since receiving his lockdown orders back in March.

Anonymous
5 months ago

Malls are for poor people

Anonymous
5 months ago

Sorry.. all my life I tried so hard to get rich like you, but, I failed. So I”m going to find a Mall to walk around in, and sob…

Anonymous
5 months ago

Somebody said one of the most successful malls in Florida? No its one of the most successful malls in America! Are some malls dying? Sure! Not all of them though… the problem was, there were to many malls that needed to die out and make room for something better.