How Would Virgin Rail’s Station At PortMiami Work? Study Now Underway

Virgin Rail (formerly Brightline) announced to investors last week that a new station at PortMiami is in the works.

Negotiations with the county have been ongoing for some time.

Earlier this year, county commissioners voted to prepare a study open negotiations with Virgin for rail service to the port, after Virgin expressed an interest in opening a station there. The study is due next month.

Rail infrastructure to the port already exists and is owned by Virgin’s parent company, including a bascule bridge with rail tracks. Cargo trains can be seen occasionally using the tracks, which run past American Airlines Arena. The tracks connect to those used for Virgin’s passenger service a short distance away.

Virgin’s main terminus station at MiamiCentral is about 1.5 miles away from the port. However, PortMiami’s Dodge Island location totals a massive 520 acres, so a single new station there may be insufficient.

A connection to PortMiami from Miami International Airport could also be offered through Virgin’s new service, according to the county resolution. Passengers could connect via Metrorail or TriRail at MiamiCentral with just one stop to or from the airport (TriRail may require two).

In addition to cruise passengers, Virgin’s new train service may attract port employees and port tenant employees, the county resolution states. Royal Caribbean alone has announced plans for over 4,000 employees at their new global headquarters at the port.

 

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marc

The station for all riders outside of Miami will be a breeze, you offer direct rides to the port. For those in Miami or arriving at MIA, it’ll be useless since you’d have to make transfers or have the train make a slow maneuver to get to the port from MiamiCentral. Most will probably rather take a quick shuttle or Uber to the port making the station pointless to them.

Anonymous

Thank God someone is finally doing a transit study in this city.

Anonymous

Um, public-private partnership with Virgin financing Metrorail to finally expand using Government Center’s unused east-west platform to the port, cross to Watson Island, and continue along the MacArthur to Miami Beach.

Anonymous

That’s what probably should happen but will most likely not happen.

Anonymous

Our County Commission has to be the most “educated” one in the world!!! Shissh…

Anonymous

If you complained about traffic before, all these scheduled trains will paralyze Biscayne Blvd.

Anonymous

Yup but I guarantee you the county will spend millions on a study just to come to that conclusion. They need to elevate the rails.

Preston33154

However–the Port trains would NOT run everyday as the ships are not present each day. In addition, embark/debark times would dictate train schedules. Debark usually runs from 7/7:30a~11a. Embark is usually 12n~3pm. Maybe extra for workers. This might allow the Cruise Lines to better utilize Broward employees easier at the PM location.

Anonymous

If you can’t make direct routes with either Metromover or Metrorail, then I think PRT would be a good solution here.

Anonymous

tricky connection. the rail lines connecting to the port are on ground level. After arriving to central station would they keep going on a new elevated track along 5th street (very expensive) or back up the trains until they join the ground level line and then continue to the port. interesting to see.

Anonymous

They wouldn’t stop at MIA CENTRAL DUDE

Anonymous

So then how would people get to the port from MIA taking the metro…

marc

The same way they do it now.

Anonymous

so what was the purpose to build Miami Central after all?

Anonymous

A metromover line may be a good connection from Miami Central to the port.

Anonymous

I doubt Port trains would go to MiamiCentral. This is probably something for when Orlando service starts up

Anonymous

true..the connection between both stations seems almost impossible given the available spacing and configuration of the area. I guess this stop would only be for trains that dont stop at miami central?

Anonymous

This train should connect from Key West to Orlando , and all the desirable or needed stops

Preston33154

This proposal has many facets for Virgin & FECR. In addition to the greater use of PortMiami. The Cruise Lines can, in effect, sell an Olrando Vacation as a pre/post to a PortMiami voyage. Party at the parks of Orlando, Check-out of your hotel at 8am, board a Virgin/Brightline train. 3h(+) be at the port in time for a 2pm boarding. All while alert and refreshed. And the reverse in a post-cruise is true. With the beginning Virgin Voyages at PortMiami, plus the other cruise availabilities, it’s a sales-feature for PortMiami over Port Canaveral or Port of Tampa as they are the usual departure options with an Orlando element. Miami, with its southern location, allows for a greater number of Ports of Calls available, thus the connection will be a boon to the “Cruise Capital of the World”. The FECR tracks that run between 6th & 7th Sts, are a direct connection onto the mainline of the Virgin/Brightline ROW. It’s purpose wouldn’t be for local MIA/PM traffic, but the Long-Haul/Regional passenger. Also, allowing connectivity btw FLL & PortMiami, opening more gateways for passengers to access a PortMiami departure! The shame here is that Miami-Dade Transit can’t make this work in… Read more »

Anonymous

Exactly. And this is why Virgin is looking to add service to FLL airport, which is conveniently located at Port Everglades. Same market. Orlando —> Cruise

Anonymous

Not good news for Uber lyft or taxis

Anonymous

MC and PM would be co-terminals with no service between them. You’d board a train outside downtown Miami to either MC or PM.

At PM, it would not be practical to have stops at each terminal so it would likely be a central station with luggage check and 0-step trams (not buses!) to each terminal.

It might even be easier long term to build a new causeway height bridge on the north side of NE 6th street for passenger service.