Brightline has a issued a Notice to Proceed to contractors building new stations in Aventura and Boca Ration, and work is now officially underway.
The company also told investors last week that it is expecting details of a commuter rail service in Miami-Dade to be finalized this month.
In Aventura, the company released the station site work to a contractor in late April, and crews are now on the site (a groundbreaking ceremony had been held last September).
In Boca, contractors mobilized in April to build a temporary parking lot and community garden, which will allow the permanent station and parking garage to be built.
A third station at PortMiami has been delayed and is still in negotiation due to the pandemic, but talks remain ongoing.
Brightline says that it expects Miami-Dade will finalize up to five new station locations for a commuter rail service in May. The commuter service may be separately branded and operated, Brightline said.
Although car traffic in and out of downtown Miami appears to be at or near all-time highs, Brightline still hasn’t resumed service. The company says it continues to monitor the situation and is evaluating an appropriate time to resume activity.
Construction on a new line to Orlando remains on track for completion in December 2022.