Virgin Trains Now Says New Stations Will Begin Construction By Year End 2019 (Aventura, PortMiami & Boca Coming)

Virgin Trains (formerly Brightline) is moving closer to beginning construction on new stations, with construction now expected before year end.

The company told investors in a filing yesterday that it was making progress on three new stations at PortMiami, Aventura and Boca Raton.

New stations will begin construction before the end of 2019, the company said for the first time yesterday. Operations at the new stations will begin in 2020.

A significant boost in ridership is expected once the new stations come online. They will ultimately generate in excess of two million new trips per year.

The company already has deals with two cruise lines to market a new “train‐to‐port product,” which takes advantage of Virgin’s new connectivity to PortMiami.

Construction is already underway on an extension to Orlando, with service to begin in 2022.

Virgin said it carried 83,741 passengers and generated total revenue of $1.7 million in July.

 

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POLO

They better have express service for those people that need to save time. Also, a station to Fort Lauderdale Int’l Airport should of have been a priority, but was left out.

marc

Agree with the Airport stop. Seems like a no brainer.

Anonymous

They are still talking about the FLL stop

Anonymous

I believe that will be part of a big intermodal station along with a people mover to airport and Port Everglades.

Anonymous

Intermodal is at MIA, not FT Lauderdale Airport

Anonymous

The damn taxi, Uber and Lyft lobby’s won again !

Anonymous

Should have

Anonymous

Lol.

Anonymous

Extend the Metromover to FLL Airport

Anonymous

LOL

Anonymous

Eh, let’s just extend the mover to Canada

Anonymous

To Kendall please.

Anonymous

I’m sure it’s coming. Given it’s an airport, there is probably a lot more red tape to get through, preliminarily.

Anonymous

The Tri-Rail already goes from MIA to FLL

Anonymous

Try all you want, Unless you have a station in Wynwood/Edgewater between 20&27th Streets, you will miss out on the profitability provided by 25,000 well heeled residents (going to double in the next 5 to 10 years to 50,000) living in Arts District/Edgewater/Wynwood/Midtown. Ignore this at your own peril.

Anonymous

Those should be Tri-Rail riders, not Virgin Trains riders.

Anonymous

Details? Curious how the Port Miami will work.

marc

Probably will work best for those coming in from outside Miami, a smooth ride right in to the port. From inside Miami it’s pointless, an Uber ride would be quicker than going to MiamiCentral and waiting for the train to make a slow maneuver out of the station switching tracks and changing directions to then move slowly through Downtown.

Anonymous

Unless some trains bypass Miami Central and go directly to the Port.

Anonymous

Obviously we’re all wasting our time trying to rationalize the transit issue. It’s a losing battle guys. Wake up and smell the coffee. I95 will have 3 levels built and they will continue to mandate parking everywhere.

Another Anonymous

But I’m also wondering about someone flying into Miami International needing to get to the port. They would have to take metrorail or tri-rail to Miami Central then switch over to Brightline, sorry, Virgin to get to the port? Virgin Trains doesn’t have a stop at Miami International.

P.S. the metrorail spur to the airport is still closed since the derailment that occurred more than a month ago.

Anonymous

No, the Orange line has been functioning normally for weeks.

Anonymous

Thanks Alice. So why are they playing an announcement that says anyone who wants to go to the airport has to hop on a shuttle bus at Earlington Heights?

Anonymous

Cruise lines offer bus transfers between MIA, FLL, and both Port Miami and Port Everglades, though. I think some of them (if not most or all) are free, too, as part of the cruise package. An airport-cruise port rail transfer would be nice, but isn’t entirely necessary right now.

And even if the cruise buses are more expensive than a hypothetical train service, 1) I can’t imagine it would be a huge price premium over the train (admittedly I have no experience here) and 2) the convenience of going from curbside to your cruise terminal vs schlepping to the train, riding to the port, and then schlepping from the port station to the terminal (and then in reverse at the end of the cruise) is a huge value in itself.

Anonymous

Virgin Airlines flies into Ft Lauderdale Airport. Their Master Plan is for someone to fly to SoFlo through FLL on a VA plane, hop onto Brightline, go to PortMiami and hop on the Virgin Cruiseship.

Anonymous

Most people flying to Miami to get on a cruise will come a few days early and spend the time in South Beach so a direct link from the airport to the port is useless.

Anonymous

don’t forget Orlando > PortMIA

Anonymous

Apparently, they are they count on the large number of employees after all the cruise terminals are built, including Virgin

Anonymous

Dream on, dream on.
Virgin will use one of its intergalactic vessels…

Anonymous

It will work the best for Virgin as their terminal is the first one. Guests could walk but for the other terminals it will be a nightmare unless they have another stop down the port near the new terminals.

Anonymous

I’m sure there will be express trains once the Orlando stations comes online.

Anonymous

no there cannot be, you need a third track for this to be possible

marc

are you serious?

Anonymous

no one cares to go to the port on a train, its easier to uber. go ahead and keep adding more stops all you want, the only thing people in Miami care about is the route to Orlando and it better be an express.

Anonymous

right! You basically can walk to the port from the downtown station.

Anonymous

Who in their right mind would leave a $300 a night hotel anywhere in Miami to change 3 trains with suitcases in oppressive 90° + high humidity weather to get to the Port????
Really!!!!!

Don John

Miami to the Mouse!

Anonymous

how many parking spaces will the new stations hold??

Anonymous

Yep
It’s apparently the only priority in the city. The lobbying from auto and insurance industries is paying off.

Anonymous

The Aventura one will probably be connected with the Aventura mall parking lot, which also serves as a bus hub for north Miami Dade

Bocaarat

I understand the Aventura stop as that is a dense congestive hub prime for a station. I do not understand a Boca stop. Who wants to go to Boca? It is a relatively small senior retirement golf place and not a center of commerce.

Anonymous

It’s the second largest city in Palm Beach County, possibly largest if you count unincorporated areas earmarked for annexation. It has a a decent financial and tech sector (albeit not as lucrative before IBM left in the 90s), and a major university. So please, your Seinfeld stereotype of Boca is like a GTA: Vice City stereotype of Miami.

Dr. Golf

Please – give me a break.
You want to compare Boca to Miami? The Brickell City Center is probably bigger than the entire Boca downtown. When all of Miami World Center is finished it will most likely be three times bigger in square feet than all of Boca downtown. One cruise ship parked at the port of Miami has more square footage than Boca’s downtown. Boca is a nice place, but should not be linked on this route.

oronzous

Boca also has a very large corporate park. However it is way closer to the trirail station.

Steve Zeitz

Where is the new station going to be located in Aventura?

Anonymous

hopefully the Mall?

Anonymous

Next to a humongous parking lot.
Duh!!!!

oronzous

Across the street form the Aventura mall is the only sensible location. The mall not only moves a lot of traffic itself, but is also a bus hub.

Steve Zeitz

Where is the station going to be located for Aventura?

Anonymous

I hope they run more trains too since more stations are coming

Anonymous

When Aventura gets a station ridership will double.

Anonymous

This is the project that most excites me right now.

Anonymous

The voters of Miami Dade county should hold the county commissioners to task on how the tax payers spent hundreds of millions to bring Amtrak to the MIC Center station at airport and it’s still there unused by Amtrak because the dock was erroneously built too short so long trains from NY don’t fit. A fix could be done, but like all things mass transit in Miami Dade county, it passes as mostly unattended.

Anonymous

The Disney to Miami Cruise-ship port will be very busy —

Anonymous

do they sell budweiser beer in their trains?

Anonymous

BL is a proven liar. The timeline is a joke. Anybody who believes them should get psychological help.

marc

Salty

Anonymous

Not sure why you’re downvoted. When the project was first announced in 2012, they said Miami to Orlando would be open by 2014 costing $1 bn. Just WPB to Miami didn’t open until 2018 and that alone cost over $1 bn.

Anonymous

Because getting that part running Required a lot of infrastructure in place, such as double tracking the FEC and adding new safety features and such. Now that all that stuff is in place I see no reason construction couldn’t start sometime before 2020. If they already have sites confirmed it’s just a matter of destroying whatever is there and starting, which shouldn’t be too tough