Brightline Reveals Details Of Miami-Dade & Broward Commuter Rail Service, Including Stations

Miami-Dade and Brightline are moving forward with a plan for commuter rail service from downtown Miami to the north (known as the northeast corridor), and now more details of the plan have been revealed by the company.

The company has also announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Broward to extend the service into that county.

Here are the new details of the service revealed by Brightline in a memo to investors this week:

  • Stations – Brightline has identified station locations in both Miami-Dade and Broward. The company has also prepared conceptual designs for stations in Miami-Dade. The stations will be built new, specifically for commuter rail only, and won’t be served by Brightline’s inter-city rail service.
  • Rolling stock – Brightline has selected rolling stock provider options for Miami-Dade County that are compatible with their existing system.
  • Infrastructure – Additional track and rail infrastructure will be required for the new service. Costs are expected to be provided or sourced by the counties.
  • Operator –  The commuter service may be separately branded and operated. Brightline may create an affiliate to operate the service, or simply accept the access fees and allow another operator.
  • Broward – Brightline signed a letter of intent with Broward County on May 12, 2020 to develop a commuter rail service similar to Miami-Dade. The LOI stated Broward’s strong interest in implementing a commuter rail system throughout the county, including a station located at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. In recent months, Brightline has identified station locations and capacity needs, and provided Broward with estimates for a lease payment, capital investment required, and operating costs. Brightline and Broward agreed to revisit the pursuit of this initiative once the economics of the Miami-Dade County commuter service was agreed, which it was as of November 13, 2020. The Company expects to negotiate and sign definitive agreements with Broward County by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
  • Palm Beach – The Miami-Dade and Broward service could serve as a model for potential commuter rail service Palm Beach County.

Seven Miami-Dade commuter stations as identified by Brightline are MiamiCentral (an existing intercity station), Wynwood 27th Street, Design District 40th Street, El Portal 79th Street, North Miami 123rd Street, FIU Biscayne 151st Street, and Aventura 196th Street (an intercity station under construction, scheduled to open Q3 2021).

Eight Broward commuter stations identified by Brightline are Hallandale Beach, Downtown Hollywood, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Downtown Fort Lauderdale (an existing intercity station), Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, and Downtown Pompano Beach.

Brightline told investors that it plans on monetizing the upfront and annual payment streams from the Miami-Dade portion of the South Florida Commuter Service, which it estimates will be valued at $675 million to the company.

The company also warned that it still must agree to a deal with Florida East Coast Railway to allow for the commuter rail service on the line, and negotiations are now underway. A Services Standards Committee consisting of four representatives each from Brightline and FECR must review the proposal and approval may not be reasonably upheld, Brightline said.

 

 

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Azarius
7 months ago

Glad to hear they are expanding on the NE side with shorter stops

Anonymous
7 months ago

Before anyone on this site jumps the gun, the article did state that it all hinges on an agreement between representatives of the FECR and Brightline.

Anonymous
7 months ago

FECR is required to execute an agreement. The language stated above “ approval may not be reasonably upheld” is close to or exact what is in the formal agreement.

Anonymous
7 months ago

So, has an agreement on any kind of deal between FECR and Brightline been reached yet?.. no, because it “all hinges on an agreement between representatives of the FECR and Brightline.”

Anonymous
7 months ago

Good point. That’s a huge stipulation.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Unless its a reasonable price this is another half assed attempt at public transit. Hopefully Im wrong.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yea Dumb Miami ‘a idea of mass transit. Miami will NEVER be a metropolis.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Duh miami will never be….. Go back to Kansas you corn stalk!

Anonymous
7 months ago

I dont see whats wrong with it? This will be great for the Northeast corridor (which I live on). Also says another operator might be used, meaning we could still see TriRail run this. I’m just excited about being able to go to Aventura or Downtown without sitting in traffic

Anonymous
7 months ago

I truly believe that the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood international Airport staff would be totally awesome. I live 10 minutes from the airport and sometimes I wait 20 minutes for a taxi to filter through the traffic. Please hurry

Anonymous
7 months ago

This is outstanding news for Miami and all of South Florida. Tri-rail was never a real commuter line. I am sure pricing will be competitive.

Anonymous
6 months ago

“Tri-rail (sic) was never a real commuter line.” ? For not being “real”, it still has around the same ridership as commuter rail in Seattle and on the VA side of DC. Despite Tri-Rail not having a direct downtown connection in Miami (still waiting on Brightline after giving $70 million for the station) it’s a really useful service by connecting all three major airports and linking to Metrorail.

Anonymous
7 months ago

-What happened to Tri- Rail out of the downtown Brightline station for commuter service routes ?

Anonymous
7 months ago

DEAD

Anonymous
6 months ago

It really does seem like Brightline’s waited this long with their PTC certification specifically to put their hat in the ring for the commuter rail line. This way they can use MiamiCentral exclusively for their own purposes: collect more PPP funds, keep everything in-house. In the long game, Miami-Dade got played as usual.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Where the fuck is tri rail coastal

Anonymous
7 months ago

DEAD

Anonymous
7 months ago

$10 tickets aren’t public transportation, not to mention skipping the entire neighborhood of Little Haiti. Build the metro on top of the Brightline tracks

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think you outta read the article again.

Anonymous
7 months ago

No I think you do there’s no Little Haiti station, only stopping in middle/upper class neighborhoods where the residents won’t even take the train.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I was actually talking about the statement that a ten dollar ticket isn’t good public transportation. If I can take a train all the way from MiamiCentral to Fort Lauderdale’s airport, then that’s a good deal to me.

Sure Jan
7 months ago

MARC takes you from DC to Baltimore for $6 and is about 42 miles versus the 25 miles between Downtown Miami and Downtown Fort Lauderdale. $10 is expensive.

American Worker
6 months ago

Not to mention beaches that people fly from all over the world to visit. Plus you avoid paying for parking. Idk anything about rail engineering. Would it be feasible to add a Little Haiti station, for example, in the future if LH isn’t part of the first cohort of stations?

Anonymous
7 months ago

If they proposed a station in Lemon City AKA “Little Haiti,” the so-called community leaders who don’t even live there anymore will be the first to cry afoul that it’s facilitating gentrification, never mind the neighborhood has been a gold mine for fifteen years.

Anonymous
7 months ago

when did Oakland Park become middle or upper class.
If the ticket prices are right and it goes to where they want, people will ride vs driving i-95.

Anonymous
7 months ago

After gay men with lots of disposable income have been coming in droves over the past 10 years and driving up property values.

Anonymous
7 months ago

no, only the high class would pay for the luxury novely of 10+ dollar tickets to a train. if you told me it was a dollar then it would make sense to be in low income neighborhoods. this train serves people who live in those areas and work good paying jobs outside of it, its not for everyone.

Anonymous
7 months ago

79th street is an upscale neighborhood?

Anonymous
7 months ago

They didn’t mention ticket price in this article, where did you pull that number from ? Also these are just stations they’re starting with, once you have a line in place it’s not hard to add stations, quit b$&@ing. Thirdly, they stated they needed a separate line for the line, the brightline tracks are dedicated to inter city destinations. Please stop complaining just to complain.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Let me guess, Metromover because you don’t want to pay at all?

Anonymous
7 months ago

2 happy stations: Wynwood and Fort Lauderdale airport 🙂

Anonymous
7 months ago

Totally agree

Anonymous
7 months ago

They need a stop somewhere around the Magic City Development

Azarius
7 months ago

Don’t forget Eastridge SAP and the new improvements on Miami Jewish Hospital they are definitely going to need a stop there… maybe they’ll get the developers to pay for it once construction starts

Anonymous
7 months ago

There is not enough density in Magic City/Little Haiti yet. Maybe a few years from now once Magic City actually begins to build something. Otherwise, the train will stop for too few riders.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yeah, s what does happen to Tri-Rail? Seems like there are already too few riders for either Tri-Rail and Bright line, what happens when another competitor tries a go? This whole thing has not been well thought out from the beginning. The tracks seem to be in place, the rolling stock from Tri-Rail is there. The main station in Downtown Miami is there. What’s missing? Reasonable priced tickets and a decent schedule along the corridor. People will ride and beat the traffic if this is done well.

Anonymous
7 months ago

With transit, more competition can actually lead to MORE riders, since people have more choices to ditch their cars and still get around.

EFALLU
7 months ago

You need a critical mass for the network to be built. If there are choices, it spreads out the ridership and makes funding for either provider harder to secure since the ridership would be lower.

Leo
7 months ago

Now let’s wait maybe 10 more years or more until this happen, we are 10 days away from 2021, by the time all certifications are approved, the stations are built, and all the permits are signed, it’s going to take few years; look we still waiting for Tri-Rail to arrive to downtown Miami; I don’t understand why third world countries have better public transportation than us, on Dade county we have thousands of miles of railroad, and is not been used, why is taking decades to improve public transportation, we all pay a lot on taxes, and seems politicians don’t care about citizens and tourists who come for vacations…

American Worker
6 months ago

Every decision passes thru thick lawyer membranes

Azarius
7 months ago

They really need a station around 62nd street, but that too like right

Anonymous
7 months ago

Maybe in 5 years. The area is not there yet. Magic City needs to actually break ground on something big first.

Azarius
7 months ago

From the wording looks like Miami Dade will have a option to operate MetroRail on these tracks 🤔 that would be great but a station in Lil Haiti and N Miami 163rd really needs a station. It seems very Intentional they were left out

Anonymous
7 months ago

Hmmm… you make a good point about the MetroRail.

Anonymous
7 months ago

You mean with an electrified third rail like existing Metrorail? People would electrocute themselves.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Well then it’s bye bye dummies!

Azarius
7 months ago

Not the Monorail

Dave
7 months ago

I wish they would extend the rail down South. It would be so nice to hop on the tail and take it to Homestead. I could rent a car in Homestead and drive to Key west. This would cut my trip time more than a half. I would also say a lot on gas

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think it would be easier to get ahold of a time machine and go back to the early 1900s when Flager brought his train line all the way down to the keys.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I wish they would extend Metromover to Cuba. Then I’d rent a paddleboard and paddle to Puerto Rico. It would cut my trip time down and also save a lot on gas.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Homestead does not have enough density yet. The city needs to see more growth in a centralized area to get any type of rail.

Dan
7 months ago

No Miami Shores srop around 95th street?

Sflmas
7 months ago

24 hours service will be awesome. My plane arrived at 9:25 pm at Miami airport. Tri-Rail service end at 9:40 pm—no train after that. I have to wait the next morning at 4:45 am train ride to Pompano Beach.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I like this except I think Midtown 27th St, North Miami Beach 163rd St, and Deerfield Beach deserve a station each too.

Azarius
7 months ago

27th is already included

Anonymous
7 months ago

My mistake. But the other two are needed

Anonymous
7 months ago

This would have been great 35 years ago as an Metro Rail line instead of the politically dumb north line to nowhere that was built.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Cannot depend on this company for anything.

Anonymous
7 months ago

?… not even for the Chick-Fil-A that recently opened at Miami Central Station?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nothing for Homestead Florida? Homestead seems to always be forgotten.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Have you considered whether it is economically viable or not? Do you prefer to tax everyone more in order to subsidize an inefficient service to Homestead? I understand Homestead is growing, but it is still quite rural and a significant distance from MiamiCentral which is the southern terminus of this transit plan.

Azarius
7 months ago

Did Miami Dade just give them a uninterrupted but lane for miles and miles lol instead of heavy or light rail

Sure Jan
7 months ago

So… I guess the counties are fine with letting the private sector run Tri-Rail out of business?

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think Tri-Rail has done a fine job accomplishing that end by itself.

Sure Jan
7 months ago

Yeah, Brightline c-blocking Tri-Rail from service to downtown was totally Tri-Rail’s fault…

Anonymous
7 months ago

For the delays you can thank the lengthy bureaucratic process imposed by Federal regulators. Further, the tracks and the land where MiamiCentral is located is owned by Brightline’s parent company. Brightline was under no obligation to strike a deal with Tri-rail.

Thankfully, the county and Brightline were able to come to an agreement to allow Tri-rail access to Brightline’s tracks and service at MiamiCentral. As part of the agreement Miami-Dade contributed 70 million towards the station’s construction. Considering the alternative, the deal is good for both parties. The feds should allow Brightline to certify its safety certifications now rather than mandate that they earn the certification when it is fully operational as mentioned in TNM previous article regarding the subject.

Here is a link from Tri-Rail:

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

Anonymous
7 months ago

Why do say that? Tri-Rail covers a more western area while this is going to cover the eastern area.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The article also stated brightline was gonna need a seperate operator to run the line, that can possibly be tri rail, nothing is set in stone yet.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Wish they had added a station between the airport and downtown ft lauderdale by Broward health medical center. Don’t know why they’re eve bothering with Dania.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Dania is already starting to be developed with more development coming. One of the last areas with really cheap land and super close to downtown fort Lauderdale

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yeah but Dania pointe is pretty far from where the tracks run in Dania. I guess they could continue developing East.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The already have a station on Broward Blvd just a few blocks north of the Downtown Ft.Lauderdale.

Anonymous
7 months ago

with the price of land, and cars crashing into the trains, I would think that it would be cheaper to build elevated lines over the existing Brightline rails. Benefits: No relocating businesses or reducing their parking lots, No moving any houses, no train crossings, etc.

maybe if this goes well, they will go back and raise the other lines as well.

Bightline Express.

Anonymous
7 months ago

or people can just not be stupid and cross train tracks when the lights indicate a train is coming lol

Anonymous
7 months ago

The biggest need in going to southwest Miami Dade

Anonymous
7 months ago

Little Haiti and Liberty City (which would have a one mile trolley to the Little Haiti Station) have a large population that uses public transportation daily to get to work. In fact Little Haiti uses Jitneys also. It’s the poor minority communities that require this type of convenient transit and are left out in favor of areas like the Design District and Aventura. Is anyone taking a train to buy their Gucci purse? No!!
These poor minority residents who use public transit should not be left out! Also a train that’s connecting North Miami’s large Haitian population to Little Haiti’s historic cultural area and the largest Haitian church outside of Haiti would be a god sent. This community needs to be heard.

Anonymous
7 months ago

If you look back in the 1970s and 80s with the development of Metrorail, leaders at that time took the position you are advocating for. Practically the entire north line of Metrorail transects through Miami-Dade’s poorest communities with stops at Culmer, Brownsville, Northside among others.

Rather than looking at where the Metrorail would make the most economic sense, the politicians of that time attempted to try and rectify some of the damage caused by the construction of highways through some of these neighborhoods. Although noble in its intent and despite the people that use it as their main means of transportation, the system has failed to bring in forecasted ridership numbers and has not been successful in improving the blighted areas around the stations. It was a good idea to start a transit system, but it was poorly executed with too much political emphasis and not enough foresight in contemplating a less car-centric future in the design and placement of stations.

I am sure that little Haiti will get a station once there is enough density to warrant it with projects like Magic City. Let’s not repeat the same mistakes as Metrorail and let’s try to push for an economically viable system that can offer reliable service and have future expansions (both of which are absent from Metrorail)

Anonymous
7 months ago

Blah blah blah… the promises a 1/2 cent penny gas tax we were sold is something that was just totally ignored in your world. The MetroRail is just one leg, and back when it was conceived, if you think they penned all hopes on some kind of salvation on a metro rail line like that, then you’re ludicrous.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The original plan was a multi-billion dollar scheme dependent on federal funds. Since the funds were only there to build the first two legs of the system, the plan was to show growing ridership numbers to win more federal funds for the other lines. Since the projected ridership numbers for the north and south lines never materialized, the Metrorail floundered.

The 1/2 penny tax came way later to try and add onto the existing system. The 1/2 was never going to bring in the amount needed to significantly expand Metrorail, especially when the politicians raided the funds for other transportation projects (roads and making metro mover free). My point, was that the entire project needed to guided more on economic analysis rather than political maneuvering.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“The 1/2 was never going to bring in the amount needed to significantly expand Metrorail, especially when the politicians raided the funds for other transportation projects”

Dude, you can’t win in court arguing like that. In your first comment, you never said anything obout the 1/2 penny gas sales tax. Now that I bought it up, you wanna try and make a point with that ambiguous quote above.

“My point?” Really.. your point? Dude, you have no point.. in opinion, it’s just garbled ranting.

Anonymously
7 months ago

I can’t help with your difficulties in comprehension. If you formulate a question I’d be happy to explain or elaborate further.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Please.. you can’t explain the awful smell of your farts to me because you think they smell rosy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Should have a nuclear-powered bullet train that runs from North Miami to the Little Haiti church. Will pay for it with a Gucci Purse Tax.

Anonymous
7 months ago

racist

Anonymous
7 months ago

simpleton

Anonymous
7 months ago

El Portal? It’s called Little River for Pete’s sake.

Anonymously
7 months ago

It’s known both ways. The area on the north bank was a small village called El Portal and was annexed as a neighborhood of the City of Miami in 1925. Little River, also annexed in 1925, is on the South Bank. Before being triggered, google it.

EFALLU
7 months ago

El Portal is actually it’s own municipality with its own mayor and commission. It’s between Miami Shores and Miami.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The El Portal municipality though is north of the river. That 79th St station is not within El Portal.

Anonymous
8 days ago

Exactly. This is not clear. Will the station be on 79th or in el portal?

Jerry Roane
7 months ago

Trains are 200 year old tech. Time to advance to 100% clean high speed transportation. Patents are at the US and Chinese patent offices.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Brightline trains are already some of the cleanest transit options available according to their website. Yes the Chinese have really nice and shiny trains, but what most fail to see or take into account are social and environmental ramifications caused by irresponsible construction practices and the thousands of coal-fired power plants that provide the electricity on which the trains run.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I wonder if Jerry Roane is one of those people who cry about Democratic Liberals and taxes?

“clean high speed transportation?” I guess you’ve concocted some kind of plan to pay for it also?

EFALLU
7 months ago

Maybe if we didn’t spend as much money as we do invading other nations for oil and blowing up their schools just to rebuild them, we’d have enough money for our own infrastructure and problems.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I understand it’s easier to bash the US, but if you hadn’t noticed we have no need to invade countries and take their oil. We have significant reserves and are now exporting natural gas to many. Our infrastructure woes are largely caused by the shortsightedness of politicians who care more about their prospects in the next election than in the economic ramifications of their decisions.

EFALLU
7 months ago

Were we exporting our natural gas in 2001? Gimme a break

EFALLU
7 months ago

Also, 16% of the federal budget is DOD versus only 2% for transportation and infrastructure. That is an embarrassment.

Anonymous
7 months ago

maybe not, try again