Brightline Says Aventura Train Service Will Begin Within Weeks, Take 17 Minutes To Downtown

We’re just a few weeks away from Brightline beginning train service to Aventura, the company announced yesterday.

An exact date will be announced soon, but will come before year end. In the meantime, new details of operations in Aventura were released yesterday.

Trip time between downtown Miami’s MiamiCentral and Aventura is expected to take about 17 minutes.

Trip times from Aventura to Fort Lauderdale will be 14 minutes, according to the Herald.

A ride from Aventura to Boca Raton will take 32 minutes.

Aventura to West Palm Beach will take 56 minutes.

Miami-Dade County will offer subsidized fares for a percentage of riders between Aventura and MiamiCentral.

Design of a pedestrian bridge to Aventura Mall is now 50% complete, according to the SFBJ.

The 34,000 square foot station will have an autonomous market, and lounges for Smart and Premium passengers.

There will also be a parking garage with 240 spaces, with prices starting at $5 for prepaid parking, rising to $12 if paid at the garage.

 

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More Trains
27 days ago

The train-I-fication of Florida begins!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Better than a carfication

Anonymous
27 days ago

That already happened and it’s terrible

Drac
26 days ago

“Carfication” is better than “horse and buggification.”

Commentor 5783
23 days ago

10 years from now hopefully: Jupiter/Palm beach gardens, Port st Lucie and Melbourne stations

Anonymous
27 days ago

This is great news for Downtown and Worldcenter as it will bring more and more people here!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Miami Worldcenter is situatied in a great strategic location, better than any other. This only solidifies that❤️

Anonymous
27 days ago

Yes, it will be the Times Square / Grand Central of Miami and a hub for this growing metro.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Except newer and more advanced, modern and beautiful!

anon
27 days ago

Certainly not more advanced nor more beautiful than Grand Central Terminal, but it serves its purpose well

pooblix shirt green
26 days ago

uh no…..

Anonymous
27 days ago

That’s why Miami needs to get on with building at least two Resort Casinos now!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Casinos attract all the trashy people around of them

Anonymous
27 days ago

Is that why those Indians built a huge beautiful hotel shaped like a guitar on their casino land in Fort Lauderdale.. because they wanna “attract all the trashy people around of them?”

Jerome
26 days ago

Leave the gambling addicts for Vegas and Atlantic city please

Someone that Knows!
24 days ago

Precisely… have you been to that 💩 hole?
Literally the lowest of the low hang out there.

Slim Shady
26 days ago

That doesn’t seem to be the case in the Casinos in downtown Paris France, Basel Switzerland, or Monaco.

Is it possible that you are trashy, and that your only experiences are in trashy Casinos?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Gretchen, stop trying to make Resort Casinos in Miami happen. It’s not going to happen.

Alcoholiotic
26 days ago

Well Tina, we already have Iguanas in Miami and we spend thousands of dollars to eradicate them. Why not make millions of dollars off of something that tourist as well as locals will enjoy?

Anonymous
26 days ago

Don’t know what you’re on about with this Resorts Casino binge, but basically Miami has no need for them. There are already plenty of gambling venues around here. Vegas needed casinos to get people to visit their barren 110 degree desert. Miami has a multitude of attractions.

Slim Shady
26 days ago

To be clear, Miami was poised to win a Destination Resort License on the multi-acre waterfront land where a dude ate the face 9ff of a homeless guy.

Those surface parking lots remain the same as the were in 2010.

The Resorts World Miami project would be 95% Resort (ie. 4,500 hotel/residential units, 250,000 sq ft of shopping, 250,000 sq ft of ballroom and event space, a Baywalk, a luxury Marina, a multi acre resort swimming pool/lagoon, etc etc) and on the 3rd floor, tucked away in the back, close to Biscayne BLVD, there was about 75,000 sq ft of gaming space.

The irony is, that these “urbanism champions” have prevented all these acres of blight to something magnificent, because they do not understand, and refuse to get educated, on the project.

Pleezzee
25 days ago

Um yeah, sure… people who want to prevent Miami from turning into that, while in the meantime its turning into this.

Sven
23 days ago

“into that”
Sounds like you still don’t get it.

You don’t like bay walks with luxury Marinas?
You don’t like 250,000 sq ft ballrooms that attract investment in our local economy from destinations around the world?
You don’t like thousands of hotel rooms built on top of surface parking lots?
Restaurants? Jobs? Tax revenue?

Do you understand how incredibly LARGE that land assemblage is? The gaming floor contrasted with the 100’s of thousands of other space is small. Further, the gaming floor was located no where near the waterfront, and not even on the ground floor.

Pleezzee
23 days ago

^
Idgit, I’m for a few resort casinos in this town.

Alcoholiotic
25 days ago

Oh, so all those tourist are just stupid when they bypass mainland Miami which has all these multitudes of attractions and choose Miami Beach as the destination to spend their time and money in? And people that live in Vegas back in the day didn’t think about putting casinos there, a gangster did because he thought that the place would be a gold mine to get soldiers in WWII to come there and spend money having a good time.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Tourists will come here too when there are more year-round residents that offer cultural entertainment and food experiences, like theater art and restaurants. It’s already happening quite well! My NYC friends love coming to Brickell.

Alcoholiotic
24 days ago

^
This city can do more.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Yes like a true monument and park. Think Eiffel Tower, Taj Majal (the real one, not the trashy casino that closed), Haga Sophia, the Parthenon. If you erect it, they will come.

Pleezzee
23 days ago

^
Yeah man, because this city is so cultured and sophisticated. Just look at the immigrants it gets.

Anonymous
23 days ago

It definitely is sophisticated. We have people from all over the world wanting to migrate here, including but not limited to New York, California, Canada, Latin America, Middle East, United Kingdom and European Union. Miami is in the top-tier of US cities with international appeal and can only get better. It sophistication stems from the rich Latin culture and innovation by the influx of tech companies and professionals from around the world. Miami offers a playful sophistication year around.

Pleezzee
23 days ago

^
… and don’t forget the chickens and roosters roaming the streets.

Yeah, the rich Latin culture brings plenty of sophistication to this city.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Chickens and peacocks are a part of the charm and culture – much cuter than rats and pigeons.

MINDSET
23 days ago

“Tourists will come here too when there are more year-round residents that offer cultural entertainment and food experiences”

Yeah.. like marvel at that iconic Ferris Wheel downtown.

Anonymous
22 days ago

Ferris wheels are out dated unless they are modernized like the one I saw with a personal bartender and food service in each car…. The one we have is out of place, replace it with a REAL monument like the Eiffel Tower.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Hey Alcoholic, do you drink when you post too?

Alcoholiotic
23 days ago

^
If I’m trying to get a point across to you, then yeah, I realized I have to take a few drinks out the bottle first, because you’re one these people where talking about anything just goes over your head.

Anonymous
23 days ago

^^you have no valid point to get across to anyone. You post a lot but say little. You need to put down the bottle and step your game before posting anymore. Quality, not quantity.

Alcoholiotic
23 days ago

^
Boy.. someone who said a whole lot of nothing.

Where is my bottle…

Anonymous
23 days ago

^^You are a good parrot. Not much else.

Sven
23 days ago

The Resorts World Destination Resort had an incredible Convention/Meeting component that was a direct threat to Orlando Convention Center, the former MDM Downtown Convention Center, and the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Those stakeholders were lucky enough to convince a critical mass of Useful Idiots that the project was a “casino”.

wanderer34
24 days ago

The Resorts World casino that was supposed to be built art the former Miami Herald site has yet to be built and the Resorts World casino was planned to be built over a decade ago. If anything, something else should be built in it’s place because I wouldn’t give a project any support if it takes over a decade just to move some dirt.

Daniel Frolich
27 days ago

17 minutes is amazing. Driving takes like half an hour without traffic. With traffic is a whole other story.

More Trains
27 days ago

The benefits of rail! Hopefully our highway-obsessed friends are beginning to learn

Anonymous
27 days ago

Tell me, when did you give up your car?

Jerome
26 days ago

How about we finish building a useful rail network first before we start with the snarky comments

Alcoholiotic
26 days ago

^
Are you the one that used the term “highway-obsessed friends?”

That sounds pretty SNARKY to me.

Slim Shady
26 days ago

Who is “we”?

Fern
26 days ago

I never had to because I’ve never had one

Anonymous
24 days ago

3 years ago after moving to Brickell from Aventura. Best move EVER. One less rat on our clogged streets and highways.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Right when the pandemic started. Haven’t regretted it once!

Slim Shady
26 days ago

So….when I’m sitting on the train, can I speak with my bankers and financiers about sensitive information? Or will that be rude?

Is it “highway-obsessed” to prefer an individual vehicle and to be couteous? Or has that perspective never entered your mind?

Anonymous
24 days ago

Not only rude but you’d be forfeiting your right to privilege and confidentiality. You could schedule those talks for lunch or before/after your trip – sounds like a specific niche concern.

Sven
23 days ago

It is. Specific to a lot of people who work in the Brickell FINANCIAL District.
Sometimes, clients, attorneys, and others call unscheduled. To be productive, it helps to take calls, solve problems, and create value for the community. It frees up time for family and charitable endeavors.

For this reason, the Metromover, Bus, and Metrorail are not an everyday ridiing option for me and people like me.

SBB
23 days ago

Living in Switzerland, the idea of a train being incompatible with financial discussions is bizarre. I think if the Swiss had to give up trains, chocolate, or finance, they’d have the Lindt guys out of here before the next morning.

Sven
23 days ago

Hahaha…..I’m Swiss, and do you know the best thing about being Swiss?

The flag is a big plus.

Anonymous
27 days ago

And this is now, imagine in the coming years as Miami grows exponentially. Traffic will be insane so this and much more public transportation is very much needed.

Slim Shady
26 days ago

I have been hearing this argument since 1992.

Alcoholiotic
23 days ago

And just like you’ve been witnessing since 1992 (if you’ve been living in MiamiDade), like he said, “this and much more public transportation is very much needed.”

Anonymous
27 days ago

Driving down 95 from Boca is torture so 32 minutes is a major convenience to access the mall, dining options, and even the nearby parks and beaches.

anonymous
27 days ago

Thank you taxpayers for paying for the land and construction!

Anonymous
27 days ago

A good, actually great, use for our taxes.

Anonymous
27 days ago

…as well as for the upcoming subsidized fares

Anonymous
23 days ago

As opposed to BILLIONS of dollars used to subsidize miles and miles of highways?

Anonymous
23 days ago

Subsidized transit fares for low income riders, versus tax funds for building highways paid for by the users. See the difference, or are you still Stevie Wonder on this?

MINDSET
23 days ago

But you have no problem with subsidizing the Metromover for those rich folks in Brickell?

Anonymous
27 days ago

Brightline owns the land and is building the station.

Choo Choo
27 days ago

Will be worth it once the commuter rail starts running on the FEC

Slim Shady
26 days ago

This line is owned by FECI and is for profit.

Which is why the parasites will ride it once, complain about the cost, and won’t ride it more than 2 times a year….ever.

Anonymous
27 days ago

This is amazing! Can’t wait for it to go to Orlando and Tampa. Hope Miami’s expanding metro system will be on par with the Brightline in terms of aesthetic, comfort and speed.

Miami_Res_since_09
27 days ago

not happening. two models… privately owned travel vs. public transportation

Anonymous
27 days ago

That’s like hoping my Corolla starts driving like a Lexus.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Can they do a private-public hybrid transportation system within Miami to get things speeded up and improve the quality? Can the federal government pitch in?

Anonymous
27 days ago

The fed was developing a flood gate in the bay, can they engineer a metro on top so the pillars close in emergency?

Anonymous
24 days ago

I’d pay extra for platinum-legal cars in Miami public transportation and NYC subways. It may seem elitist to suggest, but it’s done in every other form of transportation and subsidizes better rider experiences for everyone, rather than the default basic system.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Platinum-level*

Anonymous
27 days ago

Hope they add the growing city of Palm Beach Gardens, with its new downtown, waterfront and high end mall nearby.

Anonymous
27 days ago

I believe Tri-Rail was supposed to built a new station, but you how long that takes. As a quintessential edge city almost like the other bookend to South Florida with Dadeland/Kendall, the ball really should be rolling.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Nobody going to or from Palm Beach Gardens wants to ride the tri-rail. This is an area with a downtown with high-end development ripe for modernization and tourism, and a totally different segment in North PB county than West Palm Beach.

Anonymous
26 days ago

A lot of people in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, and Juno think the west palm beach station is too far. It they are going to drive to west palm they may just drive all the way. At same token, they don’t want it to become too congested, but Palm Beach Gardens is the ideal gateway city for a Brightline station.

Anonymous
27 days ago

We need a stop at the Fort Airport

Choo Choo
27 days ago

In the works I believe. Port Miami too

Daniel D
26 days ago

They take you from Fort Lauderdale Brightline station to fort Lauderdale airport on a free ride.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Do all trains stop at these new stations in Aventura/Boca or are there express options which bypass these stops? Just wondering if the commute time between the original stations is going to keep going up the more stations that are added in between.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Yes, there are multiple services.

Brightline ftw
23 days ago

They will have 2 services, the express that goes to Ft Lauderdale and then West Palm and the commuter that stop at each station

Anonymous
26 days ago

Does this help south Florida transportation needs… yes a little. but people are failing to realize this isn’t mass rapid transit. This is a commuter trains that will only run one train an hour and maybe two during rush hour. Miami need to run a elevated metro line north from downtown somewhere between the fec tracks and us 1 or over one of the two with stops every mile or so that has between a 7-15 minute headway. That’s real mass transit and that would make a drastic impact with traffic north and south

I love trains
27 days ago

CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOO

I love trains

Dr Movie
27 days ago

If they were so concerned about getting people out of their cars,and off I95,why are they charging up to $12 just to park their vehicle’s?Even with a discount program, just another money grab to dis-incentive the average driver

Anonymous
26 days ago

Brightline is not concerned about getting people out of their cars. They are concerned about turning a profit, or a “money grab” as you call it. They only want the people they can profit off of to get out of their cars and use Brightline. You’re confusing this with a public transit system.

corporation tee shirt
26 days ago

yeah the parking price point is ridiculous….i find it odd that the county also charges for the park n ride at select metrorail stations…totally pricing out your service for the community you want to use the service..

Slim Shady
26 days ago

“Getting people out of their cars” is a stupid Utopian fantasy.

Only dopey hippies. College professors, and children (who should be adults) subscribe to that nonsense.

FECI isn’t around to subsidize an easy life for you. If you want to put your money where your mouth is…pay up transit bro!

Anonymous
24 days ago

Have you ever gone to other cities in the US or other countries? Try it and see how they get around way more efficiently and cheaply than us. Don’t knock it until you try it. One doesn’t need a car for EVERYTHING, it has its uses, but it doesn’t have to be the only way to move around.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Need change the zones next of railroad. We need more density in that areas.

Brightline Fanatic
27 days ago

I’m excited about this next level of innovation for Brightline. Less traffic, less stress.

BigWally
26 days ago

It’ll be much easier for the Eros escorts to get to multiple locations and service the clients

Marie
24 days ago

Y no train platform by Biscayne and 163 for n.mia and beach tourist

Elena
24 days ago

I live in the area and would like to use it but how will I get to the station? The intersection of W Dixie hwy and 186th st is so congested that getting to the Brightline station from Biscayne Blvd or even Ives Dairy Rd will take another 30 minutes. Would be easier just drive to downtown. If they say that bringe design is only 50% complete then how long will it take to actually see it complete?

Barbara levis
22 days ago

$12. For parking…..too expensive

Chuck
21 days ago

Failed opportunity not linking it to the East side of Biscayne

ParkingHater
27 days ago

unified fares with MDT or bust

Anonymous
26 days ago

Brightline can’t turn a profit with MDT fares. Duh.

AnotherAnonymous
23 days ago

Brightline can’t turn a profit with Brightline fares either. Never has. Never will.

Anonymous
23 days ago

^^true

Deez Nuts in your mouth
25 days ago

So sad that patheticass Aventura got a stop

WhySoMad
24 days ago

One of the biggest shopping malls in America… just that. You’re pathetic and I don’t even wanna know where you live

Marie
24 days ago

Can briteline help computers at rushhrs am and pm from dadeland to downtown and reverse,no transport for working class help help

Anonymous
23 days ago

Never heard of Metrorail, eh?

YaJealous
24 days ago

Real estate in Aventura is going to booooooom! #1 reason why people don’t come to this area is they’re afraid of the traffic on 95 to get to work in download / bricked. My condo doubled and i can see it triple once they add Orlando.

Alll you suckasssss complaining for sure are not benefiting from this wonder!

Anon
27 days ago

Millions of dollars for a train that costs 25 dollars and needs a bridge to an indoor mall. God save this mess of a country

Slim Shady
26 days ago

Yes! The USA provides food to the world.
God sheds his grace on thee.

The USA is 248 years old, and the GNP is more than 2X the closest country.

For all you get the cars off the street people…. maybe you should move to Ethiopia….they don’t have a lot of cars on the street per capita.

In fact, there are parts of Africa where people are so concerned about cars on the street that women walk miles with water buckets on their head to just to provide drinkable water for their families.

There are not a lot of cars on the street per capita in Haiti.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Meh. A train to a mall. Stops at Wynwood and the Design District should have come first.

Anonymous
27 days ago

We need the Metromover there

Anonymous
27 days ago

Why, so you can have a free ride on your little electric shortbus, to buy an overpriced Gucci hoodie and craft beer? Brightline has already proposed a station at the Design District. Frankly, it should have been at Midtown Miami, however, which is halfway between Wynwood and the Design District, and already has parking and multi-family to serve as TOD.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Of course. If he had to pay full till on his transportation costs (like buying and insuring a car), then he’d be swilling Budweiser and wearing Walmart’s Ozark Trail line of fine apparel. Can’t let adulting get in the way of status signaling.

chattanooga choo choo
26 days ago

the f..e.c right of way land is wider on the design district side so this is probably why they want to build one on that side of the roads…

Anonymous
27 days ago

“We” don’t need giant flyovers, ruining any potential of making the streets walkable, especially when a railroad already existing blocks away, and has for over 100 years.

Anonymous
27 days ago

You hear that you lazy people, just because the temperature is 95 degrees and the humidity is at 98 percent, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be walking!

lol…

Anonymous
27 days ago

I agree

Kurt
27 days ago

There will be eventually