Virgin Trains Begins Building 30 Bridges To Connect Miami & Orlando With High Speed Rail; Approval Now In Place For Boca Station

Virgin Trains is now in full swing on construction of its high-speed rail line from Miami to Orlando, and received final approval for a Boca station yesterday.

The rail company showed off construction progress on its Miami to Orlando rail line last month, according to Florida Today.

There are already over 300 construction workers building the Miami to Orlando rail, with the number expected to top 1,000 within a few months.

Contractors are now doing piling and construction work for 30 bridges on a 35-mile stretch between Cocoa and Orlando, and three underpasses. An additional 28 bridges will be built between West Palm Beach and Cocia, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

As of last month, over 370,000 cubic yards had been cleared in preparation to begin laying rail.

The newly constructed Cocoa to Orlando stretch will be the zone where trains will be allowed to go fastest, at 125 miles per hour. An existing stretch from West Palm Beach to Cocoa will be run at 110 miles per hour.

Actual construction of the rail line will only take about two year, but almost another year is needed for testing to ensure it can handle high speeds, bringing the total completion time to nearly three years.

Virgin’s high-speed train service between Miami and Orlando will begin in late 2022. Total Virgin investment in its Florida rail line is around $4 billion, becoming the first private passenger rail line to be built in the United States in over 100 years.

The trip from Miami to Orlando will take 3 hours 15 minutes, with a starting ticket cost of $60 and an average ticket cost of $100. Ridership is expected to start at 3 million passengers and ramp up to 6 million passengers after a few years.

Yesterday, Boca Raton’s city council gave final approval for a new Virgin Station with a parking garage. The company says construction should take nine to ten months, with opening in late 2020, according to WPTV.

 

 

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William

This is great news for all Floridians. Go Brightline!

Anonymous

Still nothing for Miami Dade commuters. #BuildTheCostalLink

Anonymous

If you wanna see them do something done for MiamiDade commuters, then it would be better if they extended the MetroMover first.

Anonymous

A 30-MPH tin can electric bus specifically built for Greater Downtown Miami will alleviate traffic on I-95, Palmetto, and Dolphin Expressways? Please… Coastal Link has the track and the neighborhoods are walkable and ripe for further redevelopment. Metromover will just destroy streets with giant flyovers.

Anonymous

So much track runs through major parts of Miami, its astonishing they have yet to purchase or expand on the trirail when the infrastructure is literally already there smh.

Anonymous

I don’t care if it can’t relieve traffic on I-95, the Palmetto, and the Dolphin Expressways. The MetroMover is a system that already exist and the benefit of extending it is a no-brainer. The Coastal Link concept is a system that will be argued about for years because of it’s competition with Brightline/Virgin.

The MetroMover should’ve been extended up and down Miami Beach a long time ago.

POLO

I95?! LOL

Anonymous

If I am going from South Florida to Orlando with my family it will cost on average $100 times 4 = $400 roundtrip = $800. Better just to drive to Orlando, and have my car with me and go right to the destination, and I will be in Orlando at the same time. However, the train is great from WPB to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami, not for Orlando

Anonymous

exactly !!!!!

Anonymous

I guess you assume that everybody who wants to ride on the Brightline/Virgin train has a family the size of yours or bigger?

Anonymous

Well, it did say starting at 60, just like a flight, you have to shop around for the right days to go

Anonymous

Tourists?

Anonymous

Should’ve been above grade the whole way in south Florida, where is our real high speed rail DICK SCOTT

Anonymous

Elevated rail costs 150 million per mile. No way that is happening without major federal assistance.

Anonymous

Dick Scott blocked federal funding for real high-speed rail

Anonymous

“Real” high-speed rail built along freeways in what are generally suburban autocentric areas anyway, defeating the whole purpose. Never mind the fact Commiefornia’s HSR project is doing so well…

Anonymous

It’ll definitely do better in California than some backwater state like Aredneckansas.

305

Hence why VirginTrains doesn’t make any sense outside of the ownership/real estate play (aka the entire reason it happened).

True High Speed rail would be better suited for the western tracks that TriRail currently operates on. Commuter rail would be better suited for the eastern tracks. The eastern/FEC tracks run though more downtowns, aka run at lower speeds and run through bigger commuting populations.

Anonymous

Yeah man.. come up with a coupla billion dollars and build whatever you think is appropriate.

Anonymous

Wow.. 150 million per mile?.. that’s over one billion for just seven miles….

Anonymous

Mass transit infrastructure is insane in the U.S. We really need to get our act together on it, almost always a boondoggle. Just looks at New York’s East side access project, $3.5 billion a mile is beyond crazy when the Euros do it for $100’s of millions

Anonymous

3 Hours is the same time it takes to drive.. wtf is this point of this rail

Was just in Italy and 4 hour car ride took me 1:50 on a train

Anonymous

“wtf is this point of this rail?”

To take as many cars off the road as possible.

Anonymous

well if it takes the same time to drive by carrrrr what job is this rail doing ?

Anonymous

You can substitute your addiction to driving with other more interesting things to do. Perhaps masturbating is one of them

Anonymous

Disgusting comment.

Anonymous

It allows visitors to avoid being in a car crash caused by incompetent Florida drivers

Anonymous

Where the cars are being removed is important too. If everyone is taking an uber to/from the trainstation (in urban areas) then it’s not really removing cars from the congested areas.

Anonymous

If they really wanted to take cars of the road then they would build the coastal link.

Anonymous

Exactly. However the goal is to extract as much money from the public as possible not to remove cars.

Anonymous

I prefer sitting 3 hours in a comfortable train instead of 3 hours on the deathtrap 95 all day…

Prometheus

Believe it or not, some of us don’t have cars. A train to Orlando would be handy for me.

Anonymous

One person said “the goal is to extract as much money from the public as possible not to remove cars.” If I don’t spend any money at BEST BUY, then they didn’t extract a dime from me.

If you don’t wanna spend a dime riding Brightline/Virgin trains, then don’t take them!

Anonymous

It’s about the same time it takes to fly including security, etc, but MIA and FLL have 15 nonstops/day to Orlando between them.

Anonymous

except flying is miserable.

Anonymous

Right. So this will be better than flying.

Anonymous

I hope these people will one day realize that you can drink alcohol on this train.

Anonymous

Not only that, but it comes included with the premium ticket

Anonymous

I guess Driving to the Airpot, pay $15 a day for parking, deal with the TSA line, and them rent a car to drive around is considered a fun thing to do.

Anon

Italy is on the metric system, doesn’t translate.

Anonymous

Because driving up 95 or the turnpike is pretty much the 9th circle of hell

NYC Loves Miami

Elon Musk, is that you?

305

Not to mention there’s trains every 15-20 minutes between Napoli/Roma and Milano. We can barely get the MetroRail or MetroMover running that frequently let alone high-speed rail

Anonymous

Would you not prefer longevity for your vehicle? Do you not need new tires,oil, etc? Ever hear of the risk of an accident? The comfort of using your laptop during travel or taking a nap? Eliminate the stress of traffic? This is a no-brainer.

Anonymous

So cool, cant wait to use this to get around just like European cities! (only slightly slower)

Anonymous

You’ll be able to party in the clubs in Miami one night, party in the clubs in Fort Lauderdale the next, party in the clubs in Palm Beach the next, and then ride on up to Orlando and party in the clubs before jumping on Brightline/Virgin trains and doing it all again in reverse (whew, you should be one fried mofo after all that!). And all the while, you can party on the train if you want to.

Damn, I wish I was young again.

Anon

I wonder if we’ve had someone get blitzed at E11even or Space and wander on to Brightline, and come to in Ft. Lauderdale or WPB. If not, it’ll happen. I imagine when Ultra comes back around.

Anonymous

And if they did, that means they didn’t get arrested for drunk driving or wrecked somebody’s car and killed them. ULTRA patrons are gonna love it!

Anonymous

The Japanese are dying with laughter over “high speed rail” being 125 MPH

Anonymous

They’re also laughing at how trains are always derailing when moving much slower than 125mph in this country.

Afi K. James

I Haven’t been on Brightline in over a year, sadly I moved to west virginia temporarily to visit my brother, but I will be moving back in south florida next year before you know, be warned.

and I will be riding on Brightline/virgin trains before you know it as well.

Anonymous

From the Youtube video provided in the post, this at 1:08 and then this 1:15

Anonymous

This should be real high-speed rail and not “higher” speed rail.

Anonymous

The problem with that is that it would have taken way longer and been way more expensive to build. Also would have had a much higher possibility to fail where as this is mostly already done, just need to lay down 1 more stretch of rail.

Anonymous

I don’t understand why some people think it’s really crucial to be traveling in Florida in a train car moving faster than 125mph.

Anonymous

Because they’re obsessed with some toy technology in Europe/Japan that’s way inferior to our jet airplane technology at carrying someone somewhere really fast. They don’t want to accept this and are still pining for some romance of the 1800’s that never really existed except in their imaginations.

There’s a reason that no first world nation (USA, Canada, Australia) with large distances between it’s cities (600 miles or more) have extensive rail networks despite having far flatter ground than Japan or the Alps and thus more favorable to rail.

dan

YES

Anonymous

Is there a chance that over time the speed of the trains will increase and cut that travel time in half? Or is there some ‘opposition’ from safety experts (airlines)?

Anonymous

This will all be outdated technology in 10 years.
Hyperloop
Miami to Orlando in 30 minutes.

Anonymous

Do you have any clue how insanely expensive hyperloop is?

Anonymous

Hyperloop is one of the worst, most infeasible concepts ever hatched. It literally does not work.