Brightline Launches Ultra-Fast Service To Aventura & Boca Raton Next Week

Brightline has announced an official launch date and other details for service to Aventura and Boca Raton.

Tickets are now on sale, with service to both new stations beginning December 21

The train ride between downtown Miami’s MiamiCentral and Aventura will be especially fast at just 17 minutes, according to the newly released schedule.

By contrast, a mid-day trip by car from downtown Miami to Aventura would take around 27 minutes with light traffic, according to Google Maps.

During rush hour though, the same trip can easily take an hour – so Brightline’s 17 minute service will be a huge time saver.

Prices start at $10, with premium tickets at $27.

A free shuttle service to Aventura Mall is planned. Eventually a pedestrian bridge to the mall is also planned.

The train ride between downtown Miami and Boca Raton is scheduled to take 51 minutes, with two stops along the way.

A car ride during non rush-hour times would take around the same amount of time, Google Maps says – but with the stress and cost of running a car.

Prices to and from Boca to downtown Miami start at $12.50, with premium tickets at $37.

Initially, 11 daily trains are planned to and from both Aventura and Boca on weekdays, with 9 on weekends.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies are planned at both new station on December 20.

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

thank god for brightline….i hope this is uber successful for them …

Anonymous
1 month ago

…and Uber is what you’ll be paying for unless you live and work with walking distance to Brightline stations.

anonymous
1 month ago

Not bad on the aventura prices. Paying for the express lanes one way would be $10 dollars and not have to worry about navigating the wild west called I95

Anon.
1 month ago

Its 5X as expensive as a Metrorail ride from Dadeland to Downtown (or the airport).

anonymous
1 month ago

and the current alternative to get from Downtown Miami to Aventura is by car.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

not true, several bus routes connect Aventura to Downtown. the 93 does it in about an hour and a half. also, when public service opens on these stations fares will be subsidized by the county and should be cheaper, more inline with tri-rail fares

Checo
1 month ago

Or one of the 25 buses that run every hour.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That $2 Metrorail ride is $2 because it’s subsidized by taxpayers. The $10 Brightline fare is not.

anonymous
1 month ago

It should be

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize a private train. Metrorail should’ve been routed along US1 north to Aventura from the beginning, but it didn’t happen and likely never will.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Metrorail should have been done with all its lines envisioned in the late 1960s by now, but instead we get teased a 30-mph electric tin can to South Beach.

Jacob
1 month ago

What’s the tin can? Go look at how bad the ridership was when Metrorail opened . Even President Reagan commented on it

Jacob
1 month ago

Biscayne Blvd is 2 lanes with a turning lane for north and south lanes from around Omni to 123rd st . I don’t know where you could have built a Metrorail along that street and don’t say the FEC corridor as that wasnt going to happen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It would not have been built on top of US1 as you infer, but to its west side as it was along South Dixie Highway.

Checo
1 month ago

Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize a substandard Metromover system either.

any AND all
1 month ago

Because every single street and highway isn’t subsidized? Who are the private companies building those?

Somehow the general public was convinced that it’s streets that are a default and all should be free and any other mobility is an extra. The goal of the public sector should be MOBILITY, my a diversity of means (streets for cars, buses along those streets, trains on their own right-of-way, bike lanes, any AND all) — all on equal footing.

But where we’re stuck now is no challenge to the assumption that anything that a car uses should be free, and any other mobility that gets even less subsidy per user (few miles of metro rail carrying tens of thousands, vs every single feeder street in the entire county serving just a few houses each) is a “ridiculous waste of taxpayer money”.

Think about it an challenge the assumptions that you’ve just held forever.

stop assuming
1 month ago

“Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize a substandard Metromover system either”

Is it the Metromover system or the pathetic areas that’s been around each stop that it goes to for decades?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami Dade county paid over $76 million for construction of the Aventura station. The agreement with the county included subsidies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No need to waste Miami tax money on subsidies It’s already inexpensive. Saw an add for TriRail – looks revamped for affordable fair economy rides. Tax money can be used to help people who need it in other ways.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If any “subsidy” it should be for all Miami-Dade residents regardless of income with a time limit for revaluation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s only 10 dollars!? That’s cheap! I don’t know how they can do it at that price point and keep it so nice, but God bless them for making it so affordable.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s private economy comfort and premium, no economy. TriRail serves that purpose and it’s still nicer than the LIRR and NYC subways, so step up for everyone. People won’t take Brightline if it’s same as TriRail.

Jacob
1 month ago

Exactly as Metrorail doesn’t run to Aventura or Boca

Choo Choo
1 month ago

Also good foreshadowing for how much the FEC Commuter rail service will cost, since it would have to be way less than $10 to make any sense

Anonymous
1 month ago

10 dollars per trip ? 20 dollars round trip ? if you take the train 5 days a week it would cost 100 dollars a week , i don’t think too many can afford it

Juan
1 month ago

Commuting by car means you’re spending more on gas and maintenance, plus think about the time savings and saving the stress of driving in Miami traffic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The problem for most people is they still need a car to go anywhere else so regardless they’ll be paying car insurance and other costs. Unfortunately, until public transportation becomes effective all over the county, it won’t make sense for most people who already have cars.

anon
1 month ago

400 a month is definitely cheaper than a car but a car can go elsewhere than just aventura and miami central, so thats a very specific commuter that has easy access to groceries, pharmacy etc etc without a car.

anonymous
1 month ago

if you get the monthly pass they offer it comes at a much better price per ride

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^how much is the monthly pass?

Anonymous
1 month ago

$225 for 40 one-way rides per month

Barry O'Brien
1 month ago

Monthly passes are much less expensive on a per trip basis

Anonymous
1 month ago

They probably have monthly pass comparable to other cities

Anonymous
1 month ago

So work closer to Aventura. If you have a Miami salary and live in Aventura this is likely we’ll within your means.

Gerry Marshall
1 month ago

So it costs 100.00 per week. The current price of gas is around 3.00 per gallon or 33.3 gallons of gas. The distance is around 30 miles each way. A typical car gets around 25 miles per gallon of fuel. So that should come in at around $6.00 per day. So five days of travel using a typical car would cost $30.00. $70.00 seems to be a nice profit. Hope that I can buy some stock in Brightline.

Jacob
1 month ago

I’m sure there will be a commuter pass or 10 trip discount bundle , and or county might subsidize it. They already subsidize all those trolleys and go connect rides

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will be a lifesaver for people who commute south to Miami on I-95. I see that traffic on occasion and I give a huge amount of credit to people willing to put up with that kind of madness.

Jacob
1 month ago

When I drive on 95 I try to be in second to right lane so I can a normal speed and not be in the merging from entrance and exit lane

Anon
1 month ago

Fantastic. Living in neighborhoods adjacent to the station will make this part of the city the most desirable.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, it won’t. The proximity to the water does. South Florida Living 101.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still more desirable than your shack in Miami Gardens with a drainage canal in the backyard.

Anonymous
1 month ago

is that where you grew up?

anon
1 month ago

You do realize the neighborhood immediately east of the station also is on the bay…….

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s old sofl retiree living. New sofl millennial living is being close to transit hubs, look at NYC – the closer to a transit hub or public park the more valuable! World Class Living 101.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^^unmitigated BS, water is where it’s at, not being close to some train station, evidently you don’t work in property development or marketing….and downvote for yet another NYC comparo…boo!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Both places, transit and water, can be desirable at same time.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Living on the water comes with HUGE maintenance and constant flood risks. It’s beautiful but people can see and visit beautiful coastal settings within minutes anytime anywhere along the south/north corridor east of I95. In my opinion edgwater got built drastically close to the water and there should be at least an acre of open public park space designated along the coast.

It would help everyone’s insurance premiums from skyrocketing due to the negligent development and zoning immediately along the water. It can be “on the water” with setbacks just not immediately on the water (or in the water). People with experience and wise advisors know this and would rather live a ways back from the water.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The most valuable parts of Aventura are on the waterfront. It’s gonna stay that way. Most Aventura residents won’t ride this train anyways.

anon
1 month ago

A 15 minute ride to downtown? Why does that bother you so much lol? Have fun in traffic

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’ll still take 30 mins to get out of you complex on the east side of aventura to get to this station on the west side of biscayne lol

Jacob
1 month ago

I guess this will mainly help people living and working on West Dixie in Ojus

Anonymous
1 month ago

have fun stuck on Brightline for half the day after it plows into some dopehead’s SUV.

anon
1 month ago

I take the brightline all the time. It’s fast, easy, and convenient.

Rick
1 month ago

Not ideal for daily commuters. We are talking 100 bucks a week. I’d stick with my car thanks

Train Passes Exist
1 month ago

Brightline sells a monthly train pass that gives you 40 one-way tickets for $229. Thats enough for a daily commuter for 5 days a week, for 1 month.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A tank of gas is over 50 dollars a week. I’d be willing to pay twice not to deal with traffic, especially around this time of year. I’d assume there will be a frequent riders program with reduced fares, too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People spend that just on Starbucks for a week.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They spend that for Starbucks for one drink. Couldn’t believe a Venti was nearly 10$

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why not work in Aventura?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s meant for people in Miami to have a nice destination to day trip, not necessarily daily commuters who think it’s expensive. That’s why sofl offers trirail and extensive and convenient systems.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

Even if you don’t take it. The more people who use transit means less people on the road. Even the express buses help.

anonymous
1 month ago

A tank of Gas is 50$. I use one tank a week between Aventura and Downtown Miami. I almost exclusively use my car for commuting. We use my wife’s for anything else. The Monthly commuter Pass is 229. For 7.29/Week more I can make that same commute. The price of increasing my quality of life for not having to deal with Miami traffic every day is going to be priceless

Anonymous
1 month ago

A big problem though is getting to the station in aventura

Anonymous
1 month ago

What? They offer their Brightline+ car service for within 5 miles of the station

Anonymous
1 month ago

To each their own. I’d rather be in my own private car alone and be coming and going as I like. But by all means, I hope many will take this train—less traffic around me.

Lucky
1 month ago

Sounds like a win-win for everyone. Super happy to have the Brightline.

Juan
1 month ago

Great price for Boca to Miami, we need those rich folks spending their weekends and money down here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We have enough rich folks down here to sustain ourselves, many even richer than those in Boca who would take the train, but the more the merrier I suppose…

Paul
1 month ago

“ultra fast service” 😂 Sorry but I am not impressed. I would like Miami to Orlando in 1h like a real fast train (Japan / Europe). Miami to Boca should cost you less than $5.

Downtown Vagabond
1 month ago

The world’s fastest train wouldn’t make it there in an hour… 🤦‍♂️

Named
1 month ago

Ahh poor baby — not fast enough for you

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you ever even been on the TGV or Shinkannsen? It’s two and a half hours between Tokyo and Osaka, which is about 319 miles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re lucky you have a high speed luxury train like this in America, with the best highways and car centric people in the world. Don’t push it, haha.

Globetrotter
1 month ago

Still a work in progress come to d.c. and nyc that’s real strides

Jacob
1 month ago

On dedicated grade seperated tracks. I mean Brighline could do that but that would be a lot of money and hurdles

Anonymous
1 month ago

Less than 5!? That’s insane! It’s already SO inexpensive and high end and full of riders, I love the price point, just hope it doesn’t increase too much.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

People, this is PRIVATE service opening at these stations, there is PUBLIC service that has yet to be announced, but it is coming, and will be cheaper.

Named
1 month ago

The Miami Today recently had an article about Amtrak soon moving to the MIA Miami Intermodal Center. They just had a couple of issues to iron out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A couple? It’s been ten years and they still can’t get it right, even with Amtrak’s biggest cheerleader plopped in the WH.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

I know it’s easy to be pessimistic in miami when talking transit, but yeah it’s looking very positive. They already tested a train and the last update was they’re committed to good faith negotiations for a lease with FDOT.

FTL Brightine rider
1 month ago

As a current Brightline passholder from Ftl to Mia. here are some fun facts. I save $400-$450 a month on gas and tolls.The wear and team on my car has been reduced by 10,000 miles per year. My monthly pass is around $200 per month. My net savings is $200+. When I arrive for work or on way home I get 30 min of work done on the train each way. No stress, no worries, no hassles. What a great to start and end to my work day. And there is snack/coffee service, bathrooms onboard, wifi, and business class seating.

For all the naysayers who reference Uber, Brightline charges $5 to get you within 5 miles of the stations before+after. Uber is $10 -$20 for the same trip one way. And for those that Uber from FTL to MIA you might save 15-30 min for the same trip, however Uber just this Friday to Miami was $110 one way vs the typical $45-$55.

For one time users or commuters Brightline is a winner on time, costs, service, health, and onboard experience. Try it. You will love it.

Original
1 month ago

But.. what do you say to the people that want to get to Orlando from Miami in one hour on the Brightline trains?

Named
1 month ago

That’s the difference between a private transportation company a bureaucratic government one. It would’ve taken a long time to get a Tri-Rail or a Metro Train station built.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

My only frustration is the public platforms on these stations are mid. Better than nothing, but mid.

Now we just gotta wait for public service to start. Not this expensive premium stuff

Miami-Tokyo
1 month ago

It is wild to me, though, how expensive it is to travel a distance of 17 miles. When I lived in DC, you could travel to Dulles airport from Downtown for under $5, which was nearly 30 miles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Was that pre-pandemic prices?

Miami-Tokyo
1 month ago

It’s still the same! My family lives in DC and Arlington.

Anonymous
1 month ago

But wouldn’t it be more expensive to own a car there, have a parking spot, have unlimited inner city metro and trolly system? All things considered, it’s still way more inexpensive to travel 17 miles in south Florida than DC Arlington, even with these Brightline rates and TriRail Rates (can’t look at it comp for comp without considering all factors.)

Also you should compare TriRail to DCs system. DC doesn’t have any transit service like this level of quality/ speed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How was that ride? Enjoyable, life changing, like Brightline, or did it just get you from point A to point B?

Jacob
1 month ago

There are plans to build and construct commuter stations along the Brightline corridor between Miami Central and Aventura . That service will be a commuter service probably using different trains and will be cheaper I believe as it will be run a separate service.

Hello there!
1 month ago

Am I the only one seeing fares for $6.50 on Brightline website? Why are they lower now? Is that permanent?

Robert
1 month ago

27 minutes plus time to get to station, wait for train, depart, van to mall, basically an hour minimum.

Who’s going to do that?

Jacob
1 month ago

To the mall might be 45 mins max, as the article says ride is 17 mins. And they will build a pedestrian bridge eventually to the mall

Mario Cuomo
1 month ago

$10 is ok for a day trip but not as a commuter. In NY the LIRR is $10. I have a BIG PENlS

Anonymous
1 month ago

TMI. This is 10x better than LIRR. Lucky it’s not 10x more expensive.

anonymous
1 month ago

$10 is too much. This is PUBLIC transit after all.

anonymous
1 month ago

It costs $10 one way on the express lanes and would talk almost an hour to get to Aventura from Downtown. I’d say this is a steal

Anonymous
1 month ago

IT DOES?! Jeesh, you get stuck behind a slow car in theexpress (one) lane, and you’re paying for a service that’s slower than a regular lane.

Anonymous
1 month ago

No it is not public transit. It’s private.

Anonymous
1 month ago

WRONG.
“Funded by the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP), Miami-Dade County’s $76 million investment for this station”

https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2020-09-03-dtpw-aventura-station-groundbreaking.asp

Anonymous
1 month ago

Even if Miami-Dade helped with the station…. That doesn’t mean it was paid to provide economy service when there is TriRail. It could have been built to increase business transportation options.

Reality check
1 month ago

You can always take the bus to Aventura from Metromover @Arsht: it is much cheaper

Anonymous
1 month ago

Much slower, too.

Downtown Vagabond
1 month ago

It’s not public, and far cheaper than making that drive… 🤦‍♂️

Anonymous
1 month ago

Far cheaper than driving? lol It costs maybe 2-3 bucks in gas driving a Corolla or Civic that distance versus $10 for Brightline. You’re already paying for a car anyways unless your whole life revolves around Brightline stations, so might was well drive it and save the 7-8 bucks per downtown trip.

all costs
1 month ago

It’s $10 for the express lane, otherwise you’re spending like 3-4x longer to get there.

Jacob
1 month ago

Mainly during rush hour its 3 to 4 times longer

Anonymous
1 month ago

not even then—half the time the express lane is as slow or slower than the free lanes in rush hour

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not public transit, it’s a luxury premium private ride! Take TriRail if you want cheaper budget public service to Miami.

Jacob
1 month ago

Tri-Rail doesn’t go to Aventura

Anonymous
1 month ago

If it’s too cheap it’ll cheapen the service! There’s busses and trial for people who think this steal of a price is a lot. I think it’s a lower cost than expected for the quality!

ParkingHater
1 month ago

Average misinformation spreader ^

This is not Public. Public service is coming, and the same stations, but this is not that.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We are car brain folks down here. We don’t have anything to do with the people of world cities around in the world who prefer to use trains and walking around their cities.