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MiamiCentral Construction Progress; Brightline Being Called A Model For U.S. Rail

Below are photos of MiamiCentral construction progress as of this week.

According to a WSJ article, Brightline’s rail service will become the first of its kind in the U.S. in over a century, potentially becoming a model for other rail projects around the country.

Deeply discounted tickets will be available through Brightline’s app and web site weeks before launch this summer, in order to encourage ridership. Later, prices will increase to the equivalent of the cost of driving, but there will also be discounts for 10-packs, weekend, weekly, monthly, annual and corporate packs, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Brightline is tripling its workforce to 300 employees over the coming months ahead of service launch.

Last week, Florida East Coast Industries’s Michael Reininger told congress that the company still hopes to sell tax free bonds to finance the second phase of the project (from West Palm Beach to Orlando.) The company has repeatedly stated that they can finance the second phase without the tax free bonds.

MiamiCentral includes 800 residential units, office space, retail, eateries, and a station for the Brightline train.

 

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District Worker
District Worker

Let’s get this thing done so Tri-Rail can get to the business of putting in local stations in Midtown/Design District and others.

suomynona
suomynona

I was under the impression TriRail Coastal Link has no funding. And unfortunately, Brightline won’t connect to Orlando for a couple more years. But I’m still pretty optimistic about Brightline. I’m *hopeful* for Coastal Link.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Coastal Link is included in the SMART plan so maybe some money will be available down the road especially if the benefiting cities help out in funding for platforms. Regardless, Tri Rail will be heading straight in to Downtown because of this station.

Anonymous
Anonymous

they are too busy bickering about heavy rail to kendall/homestead to see the low hanging fruit of coastal rail

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Coastal Link rail fruit has fallen off the tree already and they can’t even pick it up.

Paul

TRCL won’t have funding until a year or so before they plan to start it. The fact there isn’t a “TRCL” fund right now shouldn’t worry anyone. They need a final plan, then they can go through the EIS process and upon getting the FEIS they’ll qualify for Federal and State grants and loans.

AAF has reduced the cost of building the TRCL by around half a billion dollars, so it’s more likely than ever it’ll go ahead.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Beautiful. We’re lucky we get to have this in SoFlo

Anonymous
Anonymous

Urban Dictionary says that the train equivalent of the “Mile High Club” is the “Mile Long Club”! lol!

Marc305
Marc305

I am so happy to see this go up so fast, one can only hope the same thing will happen when the Metromover finally expands into the beach… one can hope but the reality might be different.

Anonymous
Anonymous

most will probably be taking a dirt nap before that happens

District Worker
District Worker

I am more excited to see the leg of Metromover that will go up North Miami Avenue to Midtown. That will truly be useful and connect several dense and growing neighborhoods.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is the future of connection and movability , integrating cities without having to drive , live and work in different cities will give more option to families , without the harden of commuting ……. great decision for all the state ……

Marc306
Marc306

Service will begin this summer? Place looks months away from completion…hope it is ready in time!

Also, Coastal Link is needed ASAP!

jslasher
jslasher

Definitely months behind. I’d say at least 4. Miami service will most probably be delayed until December 2017.

Jack
Jack

Well once this thing makes it all the way to Orlando then we will have something to talk about.

mondocondo
mondocondo

Let’s see one train run on a track before we call it a model of anything. Cheers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s great that there’s a train to Ft. Lauderdale, but I don’t quite get how it’s going to be financially viable. I took an Uber from Ft. Lauderdale to Brickell on a Friday night, which took 35 minutes and cost $38 (with 2 people in the car). Door to door. To me, it seems like it’s going to be hard for a train to compete with that. Again: door to door. Maybe the train people need to lobby hard to make Uber illegal if they want to make any money 😉

Anonymous
Anonymous

“prices will increase to the equivalent of the cost of driving” whats the point then

Anonymous
Anonymous

so you don’t have to drive.

plus there are discounts for buying in packaged deals… c’mon, kid.

Anonymous
Anonymous

my tesla already drives for me. what’s the point?

Paul

Good for you. You must be beta testing some technology Tesla has because last time I looked Tesla drivers are still required to keep two hands on the steering wheel at all times and be ready to take over at a second or two’s notice.

But, in any case, I don’t want to be stuck in a cramped little box, thank you. Train travel is the only civilized form of motorized transportation. It’s time we all had it available to us.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly… People want rail, and they don’t realize 10 years from now it will be all obsolete with electric autonomous vehicles around. A project like this would only make sense if it was an ultra-speed train.

Anonymous
Anonymous

10 years from now? gtfoh

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe shorter

Anonymous
Anonymous

Doesn’t change the fact that you will be stuck in traffic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So do you suggest them not have this as an option? Can you imagine if there are cars that drive themselves if everybody had one how much more traffic there would be on the road? Everybody cant afford an electric car an me for one dont want one.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol, I’m in NYC and there is 0% chance that trains will ever become obsolete. Any place that’s growing with density needs multi-modal transit. That shouldn’t even be up for debate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

According to your point, the only difference between today and ten years from now, is that I-95 will be congested with self-drive electric cars.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you prefer getting stuck in traffic? Remember, population will add 250k in 5 years

Anonymous
Anonymous

There won’t be as much traffic because of car pooling. Today you have one, maybe two persons in each ride. When autonomous vehicles will become the norm, each car will transport more people from A to B.

Marcelo Benoyt
Marcelo Benoyt

Nonsense. The autonomous vehicles are not the future, sorry. Oh, by the way, they use more space per passenger than any public transport. That is THE issue.

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