Brightline Opens Aventura & Boca Raton Stations: Ticket Sales ‘Encouraging’

Update: As of Thursday morning 12/22, Brightline is still finalizing construction inspections in Aventura that have prevented the station from opening.

 

Brightline opened two new train stations to the public today in Aventura & Boca Raton.

The company told investors yesterday that advance ticket sales for the new stations are encouraging.

Demand for Brightline’s service to the original 3 stations also increased significantly last month, even before the new stations opened, the company said.

Brightline told investors that it had increased prices on its monthly pass in November, and expects to further raise prices after evaluating increased demand generated by the new Aventura & Boca stations.

Between Miami to Aventura, tickets start at $6.50, with premium tickets on peak trains starting at $27 and going as high as $69.

Miami-Aventura monthly passes are available for purchase at the Aventura station at a cost of $170 (passes will also be sold online in early 2023).

Parking options will be available at both stations upon opening with rates for Brightline guests starting at $7 and walk-up parking rates starting at $6 for up to an hour.

Both stations will have Brightline+ shuttle service available, including a shuttle operating 14 hours a day to the Aventura Mall (a pedestrian bridge connecting to the mall is being designed).

The actual ride time from Aventura to Miami was timed by Noah Berger yesterday, coming in at 17 minutes and 55 seconds (it’s blocked by Brightline at 17 minutes). On the return to Aventura, Brightline lists a travel time of 22 minutes.

 

(photos: Brightline)

 

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Andre 3000
1 month ago

17 minutes to Aventura mall and another 20 minutes walk through the bushes to get to the mall.

Anon
1 month ago

There are electric shuttles to bring you there and will soon be a pedestrian bridge. If that’s too arduous for you, you can sit in traffic for an hour, buy gas, and pay/find parking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You must be one of those people who want Metromover on every block because you can’t be bothered to walk more than three.

Anon
1 month ago

I walk several miles a day. Coming from New York, my preferred method of travel is walking / rail. I know that’s something Miami hasn’t been able to make happen yet but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

Pleezzee
1 month ago

“You must be one of those people who want Metromover on every block”

I’ve been reading this site for a long time and I’ve never seen anyone who wants a Metromover stop on every block. Pity you want and expect a Mass transit system to work flawlessly when serving a below par area which is downtown and north of 395. But it’s changing, and when it does, then we’ll see a proper operation of how the Metromover system and its expansion, serves a bustling area like it was meant to.

Hocing
1 month ago

stations will have Brightline+ shuttle service available, including a shuttle operating 14 hours a day to the Aventura Mall

Anonymous
1 month ago

Aventura stop is so unnecessary! when do we get to vote? Is there anyone better running for mayor?

Anon
1 month ago

The Future of Florida!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Public transit for the rich!

Drac
1 month ago

Uh, why would the “rich,” need to take public transit? I mean, didn’t they spend their lives getting Lambos, Aston Martins, Mercedes Benzs, BMW’s, etc, etc, etc.. to be seen driving around in?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe they actually enjoy driving an expensive fast car, and don’t give AF what random brokeasses think one way or the other.

JJJ
1 month ago

that is a ridiculous comment. Anybody can ride the Brightline. We need more companies like them creating jobs, opportunities and innovation as well.

Aventura station is not Open
1 month ago

I bought tickets to ride to Aventura today 12-22 at 11:45 AM from Miami Central.

The train had a sign that the stops were Aventura , Ft.Lauderdale, Boca, and WPB.
The train announcement at noon was that the the stop would be Aventura.
The train did not stop until Ft. Lauderdale.
I wanted to shop at Aventura but was detained in Ft. Lauderdale for over 1 hour until I could return to Miami.
Brightline did not seem to care about customer satisfaction and did not provide a refund for the tickets and my 3 hours of wasted time.

I will never again deal with such an inconsiderate company.

Terry Keller
1 month ago

Yes. Horrible & ZERO PROPER CUSTOMER SERVICE & relations. I purchased tickets round trip. Miami / aventura. Planned my day. Trusting that BRIGHTLINE is a respectable company. Several hours later I get a cancellation notice. They should have the common business sense , to Apologize & offer vouchers for future use. It’s the best investment to keep clients happy. Seems that they don’t care.

Confused
1 month ago

It’s new, so let them work out the kinks first.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Aventura wasted slowdown stop is what happens when special interests misguide out of state Brightline execs, rather than marketing and research local experience and testimonies, like those given on this website.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why is the mayor all the way up in Aventura? It looks like she is losing focus on improving QOL for her constituents.

She should quickly pivot to developing and maintaining Brickell, starting with renovating the under I95 Underdeck (connecting Riverside to Brickell). This would bring housing to walkable Brickell and improve quality of life for an important cross section of communities in Miami.

ParkingHater
1 month ago

Let me preemptively remind everyone that there is public low floor commuter *cheaper* service coming using this station!

Melo is sigma and chad
1 month ago

Ultra Based, hope they make one on 29th st in Wynwood, Delray Beach, Downtown Hollywood next.

Anonymous
1 month ago

All those stations would be done while the county does a millionth study on expanding an existing system.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In 2012, Brightline to Orlando was supposed to be complete in 2014.
They are now saying late 2023. Disney World – Who knows!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should’ve invited hot chicks to the ribbon cutting. Where’s their marketing dept.?

Melo, the true giga Chad
1 month ago

hahah my comment got downvoted -12 times! It was probably by the South Florida leaders that I was talking about..

anonymous
1 month ago

How many of those pictured take public transportation – ever?

Hilarious!
1 month ago

Um.. in the immortal words of Sara Palin, “I’ll find out and get back to ya… “

Stuart Lee WNYX-TV
1 month ago

And Jen Psaki?????

Checo
1 month ago

Most of them.
Because, they are mostly government workers and getting into an office and doing something is optional.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need more stations in that track line. Hollywood, North Miami, little river, wynwood. They must somehow connect this line with metrorail line to west.

Alpina
1 month ago

You need to ride the bus then…

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need east-west streetcar lines, including to South Beach. Much higher capacity and speed the Metromover, and easier to build.

Checo
1 month ago

Please be more precise.
“We” do not “need” street cars.
Say, “I want” street cars.

“Tis the season to ask for the little presents that you think that you are entitled to, and if you have been a good boy, someone will else will pay for it and give it to you.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least streetcar users would pay a fare while non-drivers still pay taxes for your choice to be stuck in traffic.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Most non-drivers pay no taxes, other than beer and cigarette sales taxes

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its ironic when someone who is stuck in the 90s creates a childish take like that. Welcome to the future old man where micro-mobility is on the rise.

Anonymous
1 month ago

All those additional stops, and you’ll be wondering why it will then be slower than driving a car.

RT4E
1 month ago

Their timetable expanded by 4 minutes to accomodate those new stops. 4 minutes. Get over yourself.

Anon2
1 month ago

We don’t NEED more metros!!! We need NEW development around existing metros. Start there, work outward – common sense.

BUILD METRO NEIGHOBORHOODS, BEFORE MORE METROS
1 month ago

We need to build better housing and retail around EXISTING METROS, not sprawl to areas that are so far out. People will move to the metro areas (Vizcaya, Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown, Overtown), if we work on them!

Juan Carlos
1 month ago

Don’t move to those areas if you want to be in a walkable area. Live in Brickell and Downrown – lots of new housing is on the way and will be the ONLY place you will have a fully walkable lifestyle within the next 10 years or so. They need to fill up these areas before they can justify expanding metros.

Melo, the true giga chad
1 month ago

Still not sure how the Brightline helps all that much. Most of the time you still have to uber or park at a brightline station. To me, its a lazy solution to public transit problem and lack of proper urban design by south florida leaders.

N, N
1 month ago

I see it as a start, it’s a line, which becomes a system once we get a couple other lines (27th Ave/Beach Mover/S Dade Busway) noted, this line up isn’t world class or anything but as someone who rides public transit, a mediocre system is better than none.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A busway and Metromover expansions are hardly world class.

MINDSET
1 month ago

Well, take your money and build something better!

Thomas
1 month ago

It’s not perfect. Our government tore out our light rail system in the 50’s and 60’s. This is a step in the right direction after decades of backwards planning.

Melo, the true giga Chad
1 month ago

we will need an underground Metro system in the next 5-10 years. So might as well start digging!

wanderer34
1 month ago

It’s impossible to build an underground metro in that part of FL due to the aquifer underneath Miami and South FL so it’s either going to have to be elevated in order for that to happen.

Urban planner
1 month ago

That’s not true. Ask the Dutch. Everything is possible with good engineering.

Holla
1 month ago

Underground metros are UGLY and NOT SAFE – above ground is cool and transparent/safe!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just build more elevated metro and integrate it into some roads at a lower level, make it super quite and integrated into city design and urban planning – it’s REALLY cool looking compared to subways.

I'll just assume
1 month ago

“To me, its a lazy solution to public transit problem and lack of proper urban design by south florida leaders”

Are you talking about a few of the same South Florida leaders who decided to give a Monorail system between Miami and south Miami Beach?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right, and the same ones who think a low-capacity system like Metromover will solve transit issues between Miami and Miami Beach.

MINDSET
1 month ago

So, you think that the heavy, noisy, and expensive to build Metrorail system is the way to go between Miami and Miami Beach even though the residents on Miami Beach don’t want such a system?

And you also wrote “a low-capacity system.” So you also think that the kind of Transit system you envision and want will suddenly make thousands of people going to Miami Beach and back everyday leave will their car park where they live?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Neither Metromover nor Metrorail to the beach are happening. Miami Beach doesn’t want it. MB has enough grief with mainland degenerates coming over, don’t need to help them over. Star Island and Palm Island residents don’t want any train or tram running through their front yards.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Palm Island and Star Island?”

wtf?..

Urban planner
1 month ago

They can suck it! We need a futuristic train connecting Miami to the mainland! It’s long overdue

Hilarious!
1 month ago

Why are we trying to bring party tourists from Miami Beach to Miami, let them stay and enjoy the visit on the island lol

Ex NYER
1 month ago

The only people who want a train are the people on Miami Beach bc they are so isolated. But that’s what it’s supposed to be, a chill vacation spot. Let it stay that way.

If NYErs want a city vibe and full time Walkable life – move to Brickell like I did. It’s my favorite walkable neighborhood in Miamk
And keeps growing around the Underline with new retail districts and apartments opening in the near future.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami Beach is where degenerates live! We don’t want them in mainland Miami where people actually have jobs and don’t sit around on the beach pretending or on vacation.

BUILD METRO NEIGHOBORHOODS, BEFORE MORE METROS
1 month ago

NO METRO TO MIAMI BEACH – let it be a secluded haven for tourists and part-time residents. Mainland Miami is where the ACTION, BUSINESS and FULLTIME residences live who need metros! Also areas around existing metros need improvement and development! Focus on building these areas before diluting Miami with unnecessary metros.

Chris
1 month ago

100% agree – We need real fast train – Not a Tri-rail #2!! Please no additional stops and propose Miami to Orlando non-stop. Ask customers what they want and need. Certainly not a snail train with multiple stops.

MINDSET
1 month ago

“Ask customers what they want and need. Certainly not a snail train with multiple stops”

But in your or my lifetimes, we’ve seen and have nothing.. zilch, nada.

Thank you for your foresight Ms Cava.