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.