Virgin Trains Said To Be In Talks For Hollywood & Boca Raton Stations

Virgin Trains (formerly Brightline) told investors last month that they were in negotiations to add three new stations in the Miami area.

The new stations are expected to provide a “significant” boost in ridership and could be announced by the end of the year, Virgin said.

Where will they be located?

Two possible locations are in Hollywood and Boca Raton, according to a report today in the Herald.

Virgin has already met with Hollywood officials about a station just north of Hollywood Boulevard, in an area to be called University Station.

In Boca, meetings between Virgin and City Council members are taking place over the next two weeks for a site next to the downtown library.

Miami-Dade and Virgin have also held negotiations about a station at PortMiami, according to the company and the county.

A station at Fort Lauderdale Airport was also in discussion, the company has previously said.

 

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Anonymous

I wonder if this will also accompany additional real estate development as has been the case with other stations.

Anonymous

hopefully it will.

Anonymous

we need another food hall!

Anonymous

Find a nearby mall food coutr and place a sign saying “hall” over the part that says “court”… Bam! Don’t forget to charge everyone more cause it’s a fancy food hall not a cheap ass food court (that’s for plebs).

Anonymous

well, it would bring more parking garages.

Anonymous

Yep.. and I bet when your family or friends visit you, they have somewhere to park.

Anonymous

I wish they add some real estate development next to the FTL station. I know they were working on swapping land with the bus terminal. Any news on that?

Anonymous

You have a computer, research it yourself.

Anonymous

I knew I would get thumbs down votes for saying that. It’s just like what I see and say about people with smart phones, “their some of the dumbest people I’ve ever seen.”

Anonymous

Sometimes it’s better to ask people…

peej

It’s been planned to be a Class-A Office Building, but they must be waiting until the market is right for them to launch it.

Here’s some info: https://therealdeal.com/miami/2018/07/09/feci-plans-fort-lauderdale-brightline-office-tower/

Anonymous

Our elected leaders failing us again. We should have a tri-rail commuter rail line run down the same tracks into downtown.

Anonymous

Tri-Rail already has two tracks allocated at Miami Central. They paid $70 million for a place at the table. They will be used once the Feds okay the safety of the trains on the tracks (passing auto braking systems).

Anonymous

One can only hope! Looked over some press from five years ago hyping service on the FEC tracks… six miami stations. They have been running by last year, based on the promises

Anonymous

Brightline is set to begin installing PTC this weekend. So hopefully the Tri-Rail downtown link starts by the end of this year.

Anonymous

won’t that make the ride to Orlando a whole lot longer?

Anonymous

Those stations might have less stops then the others.

marc

There will probably be expresses.

Anonymous

cant run express without a 3rd track, won’t happen now

Anonymous

Not necessarily true.

ROBERT

Third track is not needed. Strategic placed cross-overs allow movement from one track to the other, while another set of cross-overs allow the train to return to its main.

Anonymous

Just a few minutes longer won’t change anything,

Anonymous

Correct.. besides, the extra time can be made up by increasing the speed these trains travel.

Anonymous

Can Virgin Train just expand to Coconut Grove, port Miami, Brickell, Downtown Miami, South Beach, Edgewater, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Aventura?

Anonymous

Virgin/Brightline is not in business to supply MiamiDade with mass transportation because they are not a public owned entity like Metro-rail and Metro-mover.

Anonymous

well, I’m losing hope in our elected officials… I’m sure at tomorrows commissioner meeting they will just deferral on every agenda item.

Anonymous

You’re “just” losing hope? A Metro-Mover line should’ve been built across the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach at least fifteen years ago. Instead, local elected officials are running around and looking at other alternative solutions for something that’s simple to do.

Hope?.. please, I don’t have any.

Anonymous

Fifteen years ago? A Metrorail line should have been built across the MacArthur Causeway THIRTY years ago with that east-west platform at Government Center, and extended west to Doral.

Anonymous

No but maybe Chinese monorails can. After all… they put Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook on the map.

Anonymous

I see they’ve been listening to my recondmenations…I’ll take my check now

Anonymous

Good choices. Hollywood and Boca are attractive, walkable destinations, and areas near the stations are solid candidates for higher-density mixed use development.

Anonymous

And the City of Hollywood owns land that they’ve been trying to develop there for quite a while. They received a grant for train station planning, presumably for Tri Rail station, but looks like Virgin will beat Tri Rail to the punch. Hopefully, there’s consideration for Tri Rail also if Virgin Trains owner ever allows Tri Rail on FEC tracks via a use agreement.

POLO

I hope they also have express trains. Having too many stops defeats the purpose of being a high speed train.

Anonymous

who ever said that brightlines
trains were “high speed”? Please check the max operating speeds of trains in Spain, Germany, France, China and Japan to get of sense of what high speeds are like.

Anonymous

And if you include the speed of trains on planet xenon, then Brightline’s are also slow.

Anonymous

Boca is no-brainer, and although Hollywood might be strange when it should have been the airport, the issue it the tracks closest are on a curb. So, might as well capture FLL, Dania Beach, and Hollywood traffic.

Anonymous

What Miami-Dade needs most is reliable public transportation, so what we did is sell right of way on the FEC to a for-profit company that has zero interest in providing any utility to the local population and instead will eak out it’s own survival through overpriced rail service and piggishly cornering development at it’s hubs. Welcome to the third world.

Anonymous

The current ticket prices do seem high. Reliable $20 round trips for Miami-FTL would draw a lot more commuters.

ROBERT

Talk about misinformation… First, the FEC is a intrastate Railroad and not a Municipal transit operator. No public agency sold right-of-way on the FEC for a ‘piggish evil private enterprise.’ The FEC was here from the first day of Miami’s existence, to a great extent the FEC built Miami. Like other railroads their private mainline keeps millions of trucks off our local highways which considering repaving and maintenance saves us citizens Billions of dollars. Unlike other railroads the FEC/Brightline/Virgin recognized the trend of amazing transit oriented development (TOD) growth wherever new tracks are built by governments. The idea that they can build and operate both the railway and the TOD using one to compliment the other completely ‘in house’ without taxpayer expense is a fresh idea. If this concept catches on, it could well be the salvation of America’s Passenger Rail Network.

Anonymous

Good idea
We need a station in Boca Raton

Anonymous

We love to have a station in Boca

Anonymous

That’s a downtown library? Looks like a suburban office park. Step it up Boca Raton.

Anonymous

doesn’t have the density yet.

Anonymous

The east side of the track has the density, but in between are some industrial and old suburban stuff. Boca already has an FEC station further south from 1930, which could easily be re-purposed for Virgin Trains, and an old adjacent shopping center to be redeveloped into apartments. Good TOD.

Anonymous

Boca Raton is a suburban town