Richard Branson To Unveil Virgin MiamiCentral This Week

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson will host a naming ceremony and reveal of Virgin MiamiCentral in downtown Miami this week, according to the Sun Sentinel.

A large red “V” was being painted outside the station, and the building’s lighting display is already capable of flipping from its current yellow Brightline scheme to red.

Central Fare, which includes restaurants and bars in a large food hall, will also be previewed. Some of those eateries, including Rosetta Bakery, looked nearly ready for opening yesterday.

Branson’s business interests in the Miami area continue to grow. His Virgin Voyages cruise line and Virgin Hotels (Coconut Grove) are now headquartered in the Miami area. The launch cruise for Virgin Voyages is set to depart from PortMiami next year, and a new terminal is planned to be built there.

Tri-Rail

Tri-Rail’s Downtown Link platform at Virgin MiamiCentral “is pretty much complete,” according to Steven Abrams, executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which operates Tri-Rail.

A connection to the existing Tri-Rail service should start later this year, once a new federal requirement for a Positive Train Control safety system is met.

Virgin MiamiCentral will also become the first station planned as part of the Tri-Rail Coastal Link service.

Coastal Link’s east-west crossover in West Palm Beach is under construction, but there isn’t a timetable to get that service running yet. Abrams said that cities along the route have shown a willingness to cooperate on the route.

 

Red V being painted yesterday:

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Lots of pieces coming together – downtown Miami is developing into a world class destination slowly but surely very exciting! Has come a lonnnnggggg way!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Time to buy there before prices skyrocket!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

with all the respect, world class destination? Come on, with the worst traffic on I-95, no good service on public transportation for TOURISM, this city is never going to be like New York, Chicago or Boston, so like you say, slowly…sure, we going to be underwater the soon as you can imagine

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why do you think new York, Chicago or Boston are comparisons? There’s no other place in the world like Miami – stop selling yourself short, Miami is one of a kind.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Seriously? You think that Chicago has transportation figured out? Have you tried taking I90 to/from downtown to the airport/suburbs? How about 290 to/from the Western burbs? May be one of the worst arguments I’ve ever seen.

Anonymous
2 years ago

In Chicago you take the Blue Line from O’Hare and the Metra from the western suburbs. Miami is great but needs some real transit for sure.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Negative Nancy is that you?

Anonymous
2 years ago

NYC aside, there is scarcely a city in the US whose people would not dream to have the extraordinary pace of urban development present in Miami. Also, most international tourists visit NYC and Miami much more than any other cities in the US, because they view the rest of the US as a socio-cultural backwater.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A large red “V” was being painted outside the station.

Man, I’m getting old as I had to chuckle to myself, because I immediately thought of V:the series for the 80’s. lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

I thought of the scarlet letter V for Vagina.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s A for Adulterer, idk what porno version you read

Anonymous
2 years ago

Station looks pretty and ready.

Anonymous
2 years ago

that Joe & Juice needs to get their act together, however… one person working on a busy Saturday morning and the place upstairs that has a way better coffee was closed. that really got me cranky – but then the train ride was so pleasant and the coffee on the train was only $2 and so smooth and delish… I digress

Anonymous
2 years ago

What time is the event? Anyone know?

Anonymous
2 years ago

open to public or invite only?

peej
2 years ago

It’s on Thursday @ 9:30 a.m., but not sure if it’s open to the public.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Virgin Voyages is based in Plantation not Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

At least it’s not Doral or Miramar.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re right, it’s somehow worse

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s almost as if they built the station knowing Virgin would come along. 😉

Ron Schmid
2 years ago

Miami has its problems. A world class business man like Branson would be a good push in a better direction. Branson’s vision is better than Miami, who seem to be only interested in capital driven downtown, high rise, real estate building and speculation on every square inch. South Beach also got destroyed that way. Leave a tree here and there, we don’t need another cheesy version of cities like NY in a subtropical climate. Zeitgeist is to start thinking sustainable.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Now I realized what they were painting when I was leaving the station Saturday night.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What is date & time of the Virgin Trains V unveiling this week?

Anonymous
2 years ago

i thought you wrote virgin trans LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

V for vagina is that you?

B...Scott
2 years ago

It’s funny to rebrand a company formally Brightline which I’m apart of building the new rail systems from port Miami to Orlando, to spend all this money when you haven’t even bonds granted to begin construction from WPB to Orlando. Construction not complete supposedly we’re starting In May now but I’ve heard this 15 times with 15 different dates. Personally I think Richard should pull some of those billions out of his pocket to finish construction before rebranding for publicity. It’s kind of painting the kettle black! Just my opinion, from someone who’s been apart of this from day 1!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Richard is selling his Virgin name to Brightline. He’s not stupid enough to invest in this project that can’t sell bonds or complete an IPO.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Collapse of Virgin Trains East Coast deal leaves taxpayers £2BILLION out of pocket https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/960843/virgin-east-coast-trains-main-line-richard-branson-bailout-labour

Anonymous
2 years ago

Didn’t Richard Branson epically bankrupt his private rail venture in the UK?

AndrewN
2 years ago

I can’t find anything on it. Virgin trains contract keeps getting extended in the U.K. So they must be doing something right.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Virgin overbid for a rail line, couldnt afford the financial commitments, government terminated the contract.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach must be punished harder – for their own good https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/11/virgin-trains-stagecoach-punished-harder-for-own-good-east-coast

Anonymous
2 years ago
Anonymous
2 years ago

Branson should unveil profit & loss numbers. Thats the only thing that matters.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not really. Longterm thinking has its place of short term profit. It’s called a vision.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Still missing: people in the pictures.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

Never going to be Penn Station, but it is 100 times nicer.