Brightline Train Station To Open At PortMiami In 2020: Here Are The Details

Miami-Dade commissioners voted yesterday to approve a deal with Brightline/Virgin Trains for a train station at PortMiami.

Details of the project were revealed in a Memorandum of Understanding between the county and train operator:

Station location and size

Virgin will be allowed to use a tent structure currently at Terminal H, either for a permanent train station or as a temporary staging area if they choose to do so (the tent is adjacent to what will become the new Arquitectonica-designed Virgin cruise terminal).

There is around an acre of land available for the station adjacent to the train tracks.

The train terminal will be approximately 20,500 square feet.

Cost and funding

Construction cost is estimated to total $15.2 million.

The county will make a one-time contribution of $5.2 million towards construction. A $2 per passenger fee will be repaid to the county.

Virgin will cover the remaining $10 million, along with maintenance, and also contribute $35 million in rolling stock towards the project.

Service

Service will begin before the end of 2020

Trains will operate twice daily at first, before ramping up to at least four times daily on high volume days. They will cross Biscayne Boulevard and stop at MiamiCentral before continuing to points north including Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Cruise passengers will be able to check luggage at other Brightline stations, and bags will be delivered to their cruise ship cabin.

A shuttle service will drop passengers from the port train station to their cruise ship.

PortMiami Intermodal Facility

The Port and Virgin Trains have agreed to cooperate on a possible relocation of the port train station if the County decides to build an intermodal facility at PortMiami in the future.

 

 

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Anonymous

Still trying to figure out how this works. The trains pull into MiamiCentral. Then they back up to the junction with the tracks heading to PortMiami, then reverse again. Then they cross a whole bunch of city streets, tying up traffic more often than current freight trains do?

Why was there no vision to elevate these rail lines? It could have avoided the backup that will likely create all kinds of logistical issues at MiamiCentral. And street running in an increasingly congested downtown is insane.

Anonymous

Because that proposal would cost $150 gazillion bucks. Sorry, this IS Miami, more like $300 gazillion after everyone involved gets their cut.

Anonymous

I assume they stop at grade…not backing up the ramp…

Anonymous

Are there any train tracks at grade at Miami Central? If not, will passengers and luggage have to schlep from the station to the at grade tracks?

Anonymous

There are tracks at grade but not platforms, whoops.

Optimist

Maybe a new at-grade platform just north of the existing Miami Central terminal would let trains run through to the port? Just a guess, no idea if this would work.

Anonymous

So any train running to the port couldn’t use the expensive existing station infrastructure of MiamiCentral at all…and they are going to have to run trains to two Miami destinations instead of one.

Anonymous

Not to mention, if someone boards the Virgin-mobile, that happens to be on any one of the millions of cruise guests, they then hop on a shuttle to their cruise ship port. The more I hear about this, the more I realize, it is a private station for Virgin passengers.

Anonymous

Literally everyone but Virgin passengers are just going to have to shuttle anyway. Why not just have them all shuttle from MiamiCentral?

Because Branson’s profit line takes priority over the safety and traffic planning of Miami’s entire downtown.

Anonymous

Or just extend a metromover leg to the port

Anonymous

Nahhhh.. too simple.. we don’t do logical and obvious things in this town.

Anonymous

Do we have a definitive answer for this? I’ve been wondering this as well cause it seems like the track geometry just doesn’t work for this.

Anonymous

“if the County decides to build an intermodal facility at PortMiami in the future.”

Lol. Like that’s ever going to happen.

Anonymous

Is the tent on shore power?

Anonymous

Each train will bring in a few cans of diesel to keep the tent powered.

Anonymous

Pathetic. More giveaway without any benefit to residents!

Anonymous

this whole virgin thing is so stinky, they are getting away with everything they want.

Anonymous

Because unfortunately they are the ONLY ones actually making transit happen in Miami. I agree with you. I also voted for Gimenez because I thought our half cent tax was going to give us 6 new lines of Metrorail. WE GOT ONE STUPID MIA AIRPORT STATION. So I actually encourage them to keep going. At least it’s something.

Anonymous

If they’re going to get away with this on the basis they’re the only ones providing transit to Miami we should at least have them get away with building a more extensive transit system.

F it, I would ride the Virgin Metromover if it extended to Midtown.

suomynona

How exactly are they getting from the rail line to Terminal H?

suomynona

My point being, how do they incorporate a passenger platform with the bridge in between the two? Do they then ask passengers to walk under the bridge towards Terminal H?

I’m curious about the logistics. This didn’t seem to be answered or even discussed.

Anonymous

Did you read the article?

Anonymous

Cool, extend it to Watson Island and South Beach.

Anonymous

And get everyone on board with an idea to connect Miami Beach with *some* other system on the mainland and fatten Virgin profits bc rich tourists in Miami Beach will pay a ton more than it’s worth to cross the bay? Makes too much sense.

Anonymous

Cool, find a way to get a train either under or over Government Cut

Anonymous

Let me guess… passengers of the other cruise lines will be charged a premium to use Sir Dick’s train service ?

Anonymous

Why not? Sir Dick owns the tracks.

Anonymous

Er, the Florida East Coast Railway Company (a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico) owns the tracks. Sir Dick is a mere tenant.

Anonymous

Psst, FEC also has stock in Brightline, more than Branson pretty sure

Anonymous

Doesn’t DICK own just over 50% ?!

Anonymous

I hope they at least paint and renovate the tint before the route starts!

Anonymous

How trailer park can Branson get !!??? LMAO

Anonymous

Lol!! Really $15 million for an existing tent???!!

Anonymous

Great…. lets go carless

Anonymous

The county should say only Tri-Rail can serve the port until Brightline/FEC allows it into MiamiCentral and gives it access to the whole coast line.

Anonymous

How tf you propose tri rail serve the port until they let the trains on FEC tracks? Cause that’s the only way to get to the port

Anonymous

How ridiculous is it that still the Tri Rail can’t go to Miami central. Residents of all 3 South FL counties get screwed again!!