Virgin Trains Says New Stations In Aventura & Boca Raton Will Come Online October 2020, While New Station At Orlando Entertainment Park Now In Negotiation

Virgin Trains – formerly Brightline – has announced the date when several new stations are expected to come online, in a letter to investors yesterday.

Aventura is targeted to begin revenue service in October 2020, with a $77 million station that includes parking and a pedestrian bridge to the mall. The densely populated city and shopping mall will contribute “meaningfully” to ridership, the company says. Aventura is the second most visited mall in the United States with 28 million annual visitors. Closing on the property and early works construction is expected to begin before the end of 2019.

Boca Raton is also targeted to begin revenue service in October 2020.  A City Council meeting was held on November 13, with final approval of the agreement and $12 million funding for construction of a parking garage expected on December 10. Design, permitting and early works construction is expected to begin before the end of 2019.

PortMiami’s new Virgin station is expected to come online by the end of 2020, with construction to begin in early 2020. A final agreement is expected to be approved by county commissioners in December 2019.

The three new South Florida stations are expected to add 2 million passengers to the system.

Construction on the segment to Orlando Airport remains on schedule. Virgin said in the letter that it is in negotiations to serve one or more of the major entertainment parks in Orlando, and is now commencing detailed design and engineering work for the extension of the rail system west of the Orlando airport.

For the month ended October 31, 2019, Virgin carried 83,426 passengers and generated $1.7 million in revenue, an increase of 39% and 60%, respectively, over the prior year period. Average ticket fare was $14.78 for the month and ancillary revenue totaled $0.5 million. Daily trips by commuters and other frequent riders reached an all‐time high in October.

On a 2019 year‐to‐date basis, Brightline carried 784,487 passengers and recognized $17.0 million of total revenues, an increase of 96% and 171%, respectively, over the prior year period

 

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Anonymous

Missed opprunity by our elected leaders to get Tri Rail access for Coastal Link.

Anonymous

You go that right! Miami-Dade County paid for this station and the commissioners should have demanded Tri-Rail access the tracks and this station before the money was released. Alas, we will get an expensive train that is useful for tourists who take cruises, shop at Aventura Mall, go to the theme parks in Orlando, etc.

Anonymous

and the rest of us shcleps get to sit in traffic or pay to sit in express lane traffic.

Anonymous

It’s amazing how stupid you people are. Constantly complaining about the lack of transit options but then turn around and root against mass transit expansion

Anonymous

I for one, can’t wait until these people understand that Brightline/Virgin Trains is not trying to provide mass transit for the metro area.. that is the counties responsibility.

Anonymous

Yea so shut up you miami peasants. Nobody wants your worries about traffic jams, expecially Virgin

Anonymous

We are the ones who keep recycling the same politicians over and over. The most recent is Mr. Carlos de La Portilla.

marc

I actually hope this Aventura station fails miserably for them.

Anonymous

Why all this hate marc? I usually agree with most things you post but to wish this to fail seems out of character for you. Right now it costs over $10 bucks during rush hour for the HOV lanes on I-95. I am not sure how much this will cost but at least it will give people a second option. I for one wish them all the best.

Anonymous

Yes yes.. wish the best, and when Virgin cannot come through as with California, you probably still will wish the best yes yes

Anonymous

I hope to god your trolling and aren’t really this dense. The Brightline is already functional and ridership is exceeding expectations. As someone who rides it regularly for work the rush hour trains are always crowded. The California projects cost the state billions of dollars and never had a single rider.

Anonymous

Hate because we can’t get the Tri Rail to go downtown direct, i.e the coastal link

POLO

Why not build a Fort Lauderdale Int’l Airport station?

Anonymous

Now that would be awesome!

Anonymous

The closest point is on a curve and be even more difficult when also requiring another system to get from the station to terminals. Ideally, it should also stop at Port Everglades.

Anonymous

I hope trirail could start service by that time and have their station in Wynwood finished. Hopefully its the one on 29st street and not the underpass location north of 36th street.

Anonymous

Hate to tell you, but Virgin has no incentive allow Tri-Rail to do anything. Don’t hold your breathe.

Anonymous

Technically the deal for Miami Central allows for tri rail to that station and for another station as far north as 79th street, it’ll happen eventually just a matter of when

Anonymous

Why the hell does anything meaningful always have to happen “eventually “ in Miami….the lack of any real leadership is astounding

Anonymous

A Wynwood station would also get used by Edgewater as well, where so many people live/work. Probably 10 to 1 over Design District. TriRail should follow Virgin’s lead and start building a station already.

Anonymous

It’s not “also known as” it is rebranding to Virgin Trains.

Why is that so difficult to understand?

Anonymous

I still call it Joe Robbie Stadium and will till I die, so…

And good luck getting me to call the Sears Tower in Chicago anything else too.

Anonymous

Ok grandpa, you go to your horseless carriage and cruise on down to check out the gams on the gals at the sock hop. LOL.
Get with the times dude.

Anonymous

Watchoo talkin’ ’bout Willis?

Anonymous

It’s difficult for people to understand because FECI aka All Aboard Florida aka Brightline aka Virgin Trains USA is so gosh, darned inept at branding their service. Judging from the numbers, they’re not too handy when it comes to ridership projections either.

Anonymous

Anyone ever wonder why there is so much re branding and sell outs? The project is not as tangible as it may seem. Just ask the California.

City Dude

AAF/Brightline attempted to negotiate with SFTRA on Costal-Link … seemingly gave up with the lack of coordination and timely reply >>> then FECR/AAF/Brightline parent company was bought by a Chinese consortium >>> add Sir Branson and Virgin throwing money in >>> I have a feeling that any coordination between Miami-Dade/Broward/Palm Beach: SFTRA and Virgin/Brightline is now long dead. I, for one, can’t wait for the long-haul segment to get running. However, as of late, it seems that it will be priced-out and with the adding of these stations, the Miami-Orlando leg will take longer than driving. Longer Transit Time + Higher Cost = Not Gonna Work for the locals. The original business model was more effective. Now the greed of wanting more, is not as enticing as it was envisioned.

Anonymous

It’s a great product but it is not practical for daily commute. I’ve ridden it many times in morning rush hour and the trains are nearly completely empty.

The Boca Breeze

Boca Raton?
This is not a commerce center. Stay focused on Aventura, Port of Miami and getting that Orlando Theme part. The Lauderdale Airport would be a plus and way more important than a retirement golf town like Boca.

Anonymous

bullcrap….ADT, Applied Card, and the Fortune 500 company Office Depot HQ’d in Boca.

That’s one more F500 HQ than downtown Miami has btw sorry cheerleaders