Miami-Dade Agrees To Move Forward On Deal With Brightline For Northeast Corridor Local Rail Service

The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Friday to approve terms of a deal with Brightline that would bring commuter rail service between downtown Miami and Aventura.

According to a Brightline press release, six possible station locations would be at 151st Street (FIU), 123rd Street (North Miami), El Portal, Little Haiti, the Design District and Wynwood. That would bring the total station count to eight, including downtown Miami and Aventura.

The commuter rail service could also be extended through Broward and Palm Beach, if Brightline can negotiate a deal with those counties, according to The Real Deal. Tri-Rail is said to be a possible operator.

The agreement calls for trains to run hourly, with additional service during peak times.

The county would pay Brightline a $12 million annual access fee for the first 30 years, along with and initial payment of $50 million. The $50 payment would likely be covered by the state of Florida, with the county to cover the annual fee, according to the Herald.

In total, the agreement would run 90 years, although the access fee only covers the first 30 years.

Friday’s vote authorizes the county to move forward with finalizing the deal. Miami-Dade will now begin negotiating definitive documents with Brightline over the next 60 days and expects to make a decision on who will operate the system in the coming months.

The system will generate $5 billion in economic impact over the first ten years, according to an economic analysis. The benefits will include over 23,500 jobs, $282 million in annual labor income, $5.5 million in annual revenue for Miami-Dade County and $7.2 million in annual revenue for Miami-Dade Public Schools.

 

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Anonymous
6 days ago

As someone who lives on the corridor, I’m pretty happy. Think trains every 30 minutes would be better than every hour but otherwise this is good. Price to taxpayers was lowered and the fact the state is paying the initial lump sum is huge! Seems like a pretty good deal, hopefully cost is similar to Tri-Rail

Anonymous
6 days ago

Yeah, I think quarter-hourly frequency is the sweet spot for commuter rail. But this is a good first step. Brightline will provide more service in the future I’m sure, if the County can afford to pay for it.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Please open a stop at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Anonymous
6 days ago

I think this is a crucial part of the deal that was left out:
“Under the resolution, the county would pay Brightline a lump sum of up to $50 million and an annual track access fee of up to $12 million a year for 30 years, in exchange for providing access to an affordable commuter rail train system. That commuter system will be separate from Brightline, an express train service operated by a subsidiary of Fortress Investment, which is owned by SoftBank”

Azarius
6 days ago

Ok I like that

Anonymous
6 days ago

Why not 163rd/167th Street?

Anonymous
5 days ago

That would be great

Anonymous
5 days ago

Yes especially since they are building hotels on 163td behind deans gold

Anonymous
6 days ago

I’m sorry, but the people who need mass transit the most cannot afford Brightline prices. When is tri-rail going to start their coastal link?

Anonymous
6 days ago

Nevermind, I misread. This is DIFFERENT than “Brightline,” and will be an “affordable” commuter rail alternative. This is good news!

Anonymous
6 days ago

Brightline was not created for mass transit.

It is a for profit company.

Please re-read the article.

It clearly states that, “The system will generate $5 billion in economic impact over the first ten years, according to an economic analysis. The benefits will include over 23,500 jobs, $282 million in annual labor income, $5.5 million in annual revenue for Miami-Dade County and $7.2 million in annual revenue for Miami-Dade Public Schools.”

Anonymous
6 days ago

“Brightline was not created for mass transit.” A train is not mass transit. hmmmmmm

Anonymous
6 days ago

Mass transit is PUBLIC transportation in an urban area.

Brightline is PRIVATE transportation from a PRIVATE company.

Anonymous
6 days ago

You’re incorrect:
“Private transport is the personal or individual use of transportation vehicles which are not available for use by the general public”

Mass transit can, and is increasingly, provided by private companies when the government cannot or will not provide it.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Lol. So under that logic American Airlines is mass transit as well. And Carnival Cruises would be mass transit.

It isn’t.

Tri-Rail is mass transit.

Brightline is not.

Please understand the difference.

Anonymous
6 days ago

air travel is outside of a metro area and a cruise goes from Port of Miami, back to Port of Miami, so both of those examples don’t fit this discussion lol, try again

Anonymous
6 days ago

Wow. You are incredulous.

Brightline, from what I have read, also goes not only outside of the metro area it goes up to Orlando!

I shouldn’t be spending so much time on this but spreading such asinine information needs to be called out.

Anonymous
6 days ago

This is from the Brightline PR team in 2016:

“In recognition of Earth Day, Brightline is advocating the use of mass transit as an alternative to driving. The rail service—the first inter-city, express train service in Florida – will provide a new mass transit alternative, providing a more eco-friendly and smart way for residents, business travelers and visitors to travel”

We done now?

Anonymous
6 days ago

AND we’re literally having a discussion about building local stations, that’s what the article is about. I don’t know what your big crusade is.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Final point and then I’m done; I don’t know why we’re arguing and who cares. Based on your responses I think we can both agree that Miami/metro area needs more mass transit and affordable public transit options, and Brightline is not an effective one of those. Cool?

Living off A1A
6 days ago

Brightline is INTERCITY travel. Yes, it is for masses, but it is not truly “Mass Transit”. It is a long-haul commuter service. The ‘commuter’ rail (possibly branded as “Coastal Link”) will be INTRACITY Mass Transit >>> meaning within the confines of the city/county. And then possibly to the tri-county area >>> and no-further points north.

Nick in FL
6 days ago

Dictionary time! :

Mass transit, also called mass transportation, or public transportation, the movement of people within urban areas using group travel technologies such as buses and trains.
But not limited to urban areas.

So…
Who cares what they call it.
The main content is that it should be so that anyone can afford to take it vs taking their car and clogging roads and pollution.

It should be an individual-in-a-car alternative to make lives better – including cleaner air

Anonymous
6 days ago

Mass transit happens where a combination of density and lack of parking cohabitate.
Neither is present in Miami.
Not selling my car guys

Anonymous
6 days ago

Mass transit is any form of transportation carrying a large amount of passengers. It is not necessarily a train, even though most mass transit systems include trains. In Europe, street cars are popular. Even though they typically run on rails, they are considered street cars, and move thousands of people every day.

Anonymous
6 days ago

This would be seperate from the main Brightline system, this one would be intended as mass transit and presumably will be priced accordingly. People have to be able to afford tickets for the system to make money

Marc
6 days ago

Now open Chick Fil A!!!

Anonymous
6 days ago

LMAO No mention where Florida East Coast Railway is in this discussion. Again, Brightline has pulled the wool over the city commissioners eyes. 50 Million dollars and no elaboration on what the plan is… SAD

Anonymous
6 days ago

Just think what it would cost the county if they had to create and finance an equivalent system on their own. Compared to that cost, this is peanuts. The state and federal permitting and environmental testing alone would cost millions and take years to be approved.

Anonymous
6 days ago

You’re not getting it… Brightline has no authority to the FECR line. They have use rights, not ownrship building rights, it requires approval from FECR before they will allow them to operate this commuter service on their line; nevermind authority to build the needed stations along the FECR ROW.

Fortress and Brightline, pulling a fast one on the MDCC again

POLO
6 days ago

Will there be a commuter train, and a express service (MIA, FLL, AND PBI)?

Anonymous
6 days ago

This will be the commuter element and brightline sounds like it would continue its high speed service

Anonymous
6 days ago

It would be great if there was express service between MIA, FLL, and PBI, so that the three airports could function as a single unit. So for example, someone gets off a flight at FLL from say, Albany can take an express train to MIA to board a flight to e.g., Paramaribo.

Anonymous
6 days ago

That would require coordination with TriRail. Brightline Service doesn’t go to MIA Intermodal Center.

Anonymous
5 days ago

I was referring to a different line. Generally speaking, train service doesn’t work well when it runs along an expressway corridor, but in this case and express train run along I-95 could provide that service.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Chooo chooo. Chooo. Cho cha

Anonymous
6 days ago

Why is brightline not making a FLL station with a walkway/connector to the airport? Last week I paid $62 for Uber (Lyft was more) from Edgewater to Fort Lauderdale international airport. Horrifically expensive. We need a train stop.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Because this only covers Miami-Dade, and FLL is in Broward.

Anonymous
2 hours ago

Metromover from Arsht Center to Gov’t Center: free. Metrorail to Tri-Rail: free (due to COVID, otherwise $2.25). Tri-Rail to FLL: $3.25. Shuttle from Tri-Rail to each terminal of FLL: free. It might take you longer, but it’ll cost you next to nothing and help keep cars off the road.

Anonymous
6 days ago

Great for Brightlite and Miami Dade.
Great, great..!

Anonymous
5 days ago

Well, if it’s going to become just another “locals commuter rail” why not take it homestead…

Anonymous
5 days ago

South and west areas of Miami Dade county have grown tremendously that’s where they need to go

Anonymous
5 days ago

12m X 30 = 360 million, then add another 50 million to that and it comes out to 410 million. That’s around the original estimated cost for BayLink when it was first proposed.

Oh well, la de da………

Azarius
6 days ago

They have brightline this money to keep them in service and in hope they’re Orlando stop really boost revenues in Miami

Azarius
6 days ago

Gave

Anonymous
6 days ago

Excited for the Disney World Station for sure

Anonymous
6 days ago

I’m excited for this. Though, I don’t understand the need for several stops within such a close area. Isn’t the point of Brightline HIGH SPEED? They will be parading through Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties at 110mph when heading to Orlando…. in my opinion they’d be better off fighting for stops at MIA and FTL than worrying about Little Haiti and El Portal but that is just my opinion.

Anonymous
6 days ago

It won’t be brightline– different train

Anonymous
6 days ago

My bad…. it was my understanding this was additional brightline stations. I get it now, thanks

Anonymous
6 days ago

I didn’t realize it either hahaha