Here’s What The Virgin Trains Boca Raton Station Will Look Like If Approved By The City Council At A Meeting Today

Boca Raton’s City Council has a meeting scheduled for tonight where they will make a final decision on a deal with Virgin Trains, formerly known as Brightline.

Construction will begin by the end of 2021 at the latest, with completion by the end of 2023. Virgin will pay for construction costs of the station, but not of a parking garage.

The design was prepared by Boca’s RLC Architects, according to Boca Magazine.

A 458-space parking garage would have a $14 million construction cost, of which $1.9 million would be contributed by Virgin. The city would pay for the rest.

Virgin will cover the cost of construction for the station. It would pay $1 per month rent for the city-owned land, in a lease deal that could run until 2108 if extensions are exercised.

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peej

This seems pointless without a Pedestrian Bridge that crosses over Dixie & hopefully Federal as well (for access to/from Mizner).

Almost all of the local foot-traffic is east of the tracks, with only a single cross street for access, located 2 blocks south of the Station.

How has the Bridge not been included in negotiations?

Anonymous

Are you going to pay for it? Surely Virgin ain’t spending its own money.

Anonymous

….and they’re not spending their own money at Aventura either. The city should require a bridge to Mizner.

Anonymous

make a larger covered walkway from the parking to the platform so people don’t get soaked when there is a downpour!

Anonymous

Meh…

Anonymous

Did the Boca Raton city commission approve this lease last evening? Supposedly Boca Raton hired Colliers to forecast ridership. Colliers found out that Virgin vastly underperformed their own ridership forecast with 2.1 million riders forecast and less than 1 million actual. Pretty bleak!

Anonymous

Oh boy, I guess the Orlando part just went over your head?

Anonymous

Typo on the lease running until 2018???

POLO

Is that all their is…..

1987

* THERE

Anonymous

A 458-space parking garage would have a $14 million construction cost, of which $1.9 million would be contributed by Virgin. The city would pay for the rest.

Virgin will cover the cost of construction for the station. It would pay $1 per month rent for the city-owned land, in a lease deal that could run until 2108 if extensions are exercised.

***** Great negotiating skills !!!!! HE NEEDS this land and you bend over, spread and say cheese !!!! LMAO

Anonymous

Virgin doesn’t need this… there is much more benefit for Boca in this deal. The land is currently a garden that generates 0 in economic growth where the bright line has the potentially to generate significant economic benefits to the area. The city also convinced Virgin to pay part of the garage construction cost, of which the the city keeps 100% of the revenue. How can you argue this is anything but a win for Boca?

peej

The City doesn’t keep 100% of the Garage revenue, they’re splitting half of the profits w/ Brightline:

“The real cost is the multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to operate, maintain and insure the parking garage,” Singer said Monday. “Brightline is responsible for the taxes, operational costs, maintenance, insurance, and any tax increases. The city is getting the benefit of half of the profits of the parking garage and zero of the expenses to run it, a cost we might otherwise have.”

Del Boca Vista

Virgin needs a stop at the Fort Lauderdale airport over Boca Raton. Boca is not a commerce center like Miami, Orlando or WPB. It is more of an upscale retirement golf town. The only reason they are doing a stop in Boca is because it is free to Virgin – Boca is paying 90% of everything as Boca will be the only benefactors of being connected to Cities with more to offer.

Anonymous

Not a commerce center, yet Boca has more Fortune 500 headquarters than downtown Miami and West Palm. Not to mention the geographic benefit of adding easy access for southern PBC and Northern Broward to the rail line. Virgin is realizing that there is much more demand for local South Florida commuters on this route than they predicted and are try to capitalize on this.

Anonymous

tell em’ sis.

Anonymous

Fake News….you are WRONG. Miami has four Fourtune 500 with #83- World Fuel Services, #154 – Lennar, # 363 – Ryder System, #437 – MasTec. Ft Lauderdale has #145 – AutoNation. Boca has # 285 – Office Depot. WPB has #350 – Rockland Collins.

Anonymous

The Port of Miami is the largest cruise port in the world with 5 million passengers. One vessel has more people than all of Boca in July.

Anonymous

Huh? The largest cruise ships carry around 5k people. And what does the number of cruise passengers in the port of Miami have to do with a train station in Boca? Weird comment

Anonymous

Virgin wants to do a stop at the Port of Miami and connect with the Port due to passenger volume and logistics. Boca has a small population base.

Anonymous

Does stopping in Boca exclude them from building a port stop what is the argument here?

Anonymous

Boca’s population was estimated at 99k in 2017 vs WPB at 110k

Anonymous

So this “non commercial center / retirement golf town” is on par with WPB and Fort Lauderdale as far as Fortune 500 goes. Thanks for making my point. Also you excluded ADT in Boca granted they are now 566 but the point remains

Anonymous

He said DOWNTOWN Miami, and not a one of those F500 HQ’s are in downtown Miami. Like you said…Fake News. Any other trendy buzzwords you know?

Anonymous

Yeah, because Fortune 500 employees are the ones who will be riding….

Airport makes much more sense. Caters to all demographics and is a much needed connection. There are plenty of people in Miami who would love to fly from FLL since it’s much easier to use, cheaper, and there’s a larger choice of airlines. The big hurdle? It taking 40-90 minutes to get to FLL from Downtown.

Anonymous

So now that you lost the F500 Boca fight, change the subject. That’s a Nothingburger, OK Boomer? Fake News.

305

Oooooh look at you, using all kinds of fancy cool young-people phrases! Anything to ignore the valid point he/she made that a FLL station would serve many more people than Boca….

Anonymous

In the long run, it helps society more if there are public transit stations in city centers, because it encourages more development around the stations rather than spread out. It also allows for more repeat business such as commuters and in the long run, such as 20 years from now, that will matter more. Brightline is smart to think long term.

Anonymous

If Boca is a retirement golf town, FLL is a Spirit terminal.

Anonymous

I have alot of coworkers who live in northern broward and an boca station would be perfect to service people in this area. You ignorance of boca raton is ridiculous, its not just an retirement community.

Anonymous

You didn’t learn from the last time you posted this junk about Boca not being a commerce center and I corrected you with facts. Maybe you’ll learn from the other guy on this thread, but I doubt it.