Virgin Trains In Advanced Negotiations To Add New Stations Between Miami & West Palm Beach

Virgin Trains announced yesterday to investors that they are in advanced discussions to add new stations in the area between Miami and West Palm Beach.

The additional stations are expected to increase ridership, the company said. The exact locations were not revealed.

In April, Virgin Trains carried carried 71,308 passengers and generated total revenue of approximately $1.8 million.

For the month, daily trips by commuters and frequent business travelers grew, while leisure-oriented ridership was lower compared to the prior month due to seasonal event activity. A reduced schedule was also in operation during April to allow for the installation of a federally-mandated positive train control safety system.

In May, the company began offering cruise related packages, which enable guests to park, check luggage and board a train at stations, avoiding the time and hassle of driving and also eliminating the expense of parking at the port. Virgin has signed marketing agreements with two cruise lines to date and expects to announce additional agreements in the coming weeks. The cruise related business is expected to drive significant ridership growth over time.

The company told investors that it issued a general mobilization this month for all the contractors working on various parts of the West Palm Beach to Orlando route, include the issuance of the Full Notice to Proceed for all contractors. Financing for the work was obtained in April.

 

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Anonymous

Boca Raton.

Anonymous

That should be one and Aventura.

Anonymous

north dade for sure..maybe FLL airport since the tracks are next to it..perhaps Boca that may be too many stops with this 75 mile stretch between wpb and mia

Anonymous

FLL airport. Or major cities like Hollywood and Pompano Beach?

Anonymous

A midtown stop wouldn’t be bad too. Maybe an opportunity for real estate investment.

Anonymous

dont see the point of a midtown stop since the overtown stop is a stone throw from there

Anonymous

Boca, Dania Beach-FLL, Downtown Hollywood, Aventura.

Anonymous

*lets just put a stop every 10 miles…

No! This will slow transit times. Not the point of VT.

Anonymous

I’m pretty sure their point is t make money.
Most people who use the train do it to avoid traffic and to save time by working while commuting.

Suomynona

They will offer Express routes that only hit up the 3 core downtown stations, and other routes that are more like Tri-Rail with more frequent stops.

peej

Nice idea, as long as they still have Express Trains that go from downtown-to-downtown.

Too many stops otherwise will increase transit time & go against the company’s initial purpose. (even though we all know their real purpose is Real Estate…)

Anonymous

Exactly keep the express service in addition to a more regional local service.

Anonymous

They’ll probably keep the Orlando routes with limited stops to preserve the short express times they are advertising. They may run longer trains to target the additional stations to Orlando or South Florida only trains for commuters. They can run multiple configurations. It’s not an either or proposition.

Aventura Hollywood Pompano Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Jupiter Port St. Lucie, Melbourne, port Canaveral all make sense to boost rider ship and enhance real estate values.

Anonymous

Oh be quiet, I can tell you are a fan boy of anything private or go by the term ‘corporation’. If the govt was responsible for this Brightline launch (delays, not registering a profit fast enough, safety issues, blah blah blah) you would be the first on here dissing ‘government’but when it is private you see it as par for the course and reasonable for launching any large project. Just apply the same expectations and criteria is all I say. I am not saying that Brightline overly screwed up, just saying no leeway is granted to govt managed projects when people turn a blind eye to the numerous F-ups and incompetence that private enterprises carry on. That is the truth and you all know it.

Anonymous

Well, you know for years what’s been the conservative republican’s slogan, “government can’t do anything right.. vote me into office and I’ll prove it to you.”

Anonymous

I agree that too many stops will slow trains down and make them less competitive with driving and flying.

Anonymous

If the State DOT and Dade, Broward and PB County C omissions had any backbone (they don’t) they would tell them to pound sand and to let TRI RAIL operate the Coastal Link.

Anonymous

Actually, Virgin trains should probably be allowed to operate Tri-Rail and Metrorail. We’d probably get much better service.

Anonymous

England begs to differ.

Anonymous

in England, the actual rail network (the track tracks themselves) are owned and maintained by Network Rail, a government-owned company. Virgin runs private trains on that network. the network is in awful shape, and Virgin has nothing to do with that! Virgin Trains here in S Fl run on private tracks, and they’re in fine shape and have been getting better as FL East Coast and Brightline/Virgin invest more in them.

do your research before spouting off!

Anonymous

We can have both local commuter trains and limited stop intercity trains sharing the tracks, happens all over Europe.
Virgin is likely to want only a few additional stops, while a commuter train might have 25 or more in the three counties.

Anonymous

The more transit options the less cars on the roads this is definitely a step in the right direction…

Anonymous

But first, we need to extend the 836 into the Everglades.

-Mayor Gimene

Anonymous

And double decks everywhere else.

Afi Keita James

plus add virgin trains to American dream Miami mall and theme park.

Anonymous

Amazing news! This level of mobility integration is what we need.

Anonymous

Aventura 🙏

Cully Waggoner

Tri-Rail already has a number of stops between Miami and West Palm Beach. These new stations might be part of the new “Coastal Link” plan where Brightline wanted to run local trains on FEC tracks. Perhaps Virgin wants a piece of that action now. Coastal Link would compete directly against Tri-Rail in the Tri-County area. If the new stations affect and slow down the Miami-Orlando route in any way, it may hurt ridership.

As it stands Orlando is only 3.5 hours away by car, maybe less depending on speed and route, and you have your own car with you. So why ride a train in the same amount of time and have the added expense of additional ground transportation once you get there?

Virgin Trains will still be a success as there are no other alternatives in the Miami-Orlando market, but price wise can they compete against Tri-Rail in the South Florida market? We’ll see.

Anonymous

I’d say the attraction of a train ride to Orlando isn’t so much about saving time vs. driving, but just eliminating the hassle. 3.5 hours to relax, read, etc. before getting there. The cost of a rental car for a day or two can be quite inexpensive in Central Fla. so it’s no big deal not having your own car. And the return trip? Same drill…a few hours of peace. I’m looking forward to this option!!

Anonymous

Coastal Link will be operated by Tri Rail…..not Virgin

Anonymous

What? Do you actually think current Trirail serves the dense US1 corridor?

Anonymous

This is promising. More talk in Miami about mass transit.

Anonymous

Delray Beach would be great due to the entertainment options within walking distance to the tracks. Fort Lauderdale airport also makes sense.

Anonymous

Meanwhile, Coastal Link and fixing the Amtrak platforms at the MIA station…

Anonymous

Why fix any platforms at MIA station. Amtrak has already said publicly they have no intention of leaving their crappy free station to pay rent at a shiny new one.

Anonymous

Aventura and and Wynwood

Anonymous

The one issue with this rail system is during non-rush-hour conditions, it takes the same amount of time to drive. If only they had high speed rail…

Anonymous

Thank you. AMEN.