Virgin Trains Passenger Count +56% In January; Groundbreaking In Aventura & Boca Soon, Disney Station Design Underway

Virgin Trains had lots of good news for investors in a report released to bondholders last week.

The company formerly called Brightline says passenger count on the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach route was up 56% in January 2020 compared to the same month in 2019.

February is also tracking for similar strong growth, fueled by new commuter passholders,  growth in a corporate travel program, and individual riders.

The company also provided an update on construction of new stations and tracks.

Aventura’s new station is expected to break ground in the first quarter.

Boca Ration’s new station is also expected to break ground in the first quarter.

Both the Aventura Boca stations are expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year. A new station at PortMiami is also expected to be completed shortly after, but is still in planning.

Disney’s resort property in Orlando will also be getting a new station, with design and engineering work now underway as of this month. Construction to Orlando airport remains on schedule to allow revenue service to begin in 2022.

 

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Anonymous

The Disney station is the crucial component, it will give tourists the option to purchase cruise and theme park packages flying out of MIA…in both cases Miami wins!!

Anonymous

Well, in competition with Orlando International. OIA is now the busiest airport in the state. I’m sure it will benefit both cities/airports but it will be interesting to see if one side will benefit from it more.

A City Dude

The airports are not really connected. Only a few AA flights from MIA. Service from FLL to MCO has a few Silver and Spirit flights. Not enough to be concerned. When Southwest (WN) purchased AirTran, the presiding judge forced WN to cease operations btw SoFL and Orlando, leaving a huge commuting hole.

But at the rate that Brightline/Virgin is adding stations–the strong business model will soon cease to be viable >> that the train will be faster than driving. Every stop adds a minimum of 20/25-min of lost time between Miami Central and MCO. (Trains slowing down… stopping… load/unload… starting to move and then ramping up to “high-speed”.) At inception there was only a 20-min window of time savings. That might be gone now >> unless they add a 3rd track to create “express” around these infill stations.

anonymous

Disney to Miami stations will be huge, assuming the Disney station is easily accessible from the Disney hotels which I assume would be the case.

Anonymous

Who cares ??!! When is Chick opening !!!????

Ex-Londoner now in 33132

February 25, 2020 As soon as the Chick Filet opens inside Virgin Miami Central a few blocks from me, I plan to sample it. Please tell this Brit who has yet to try Chick Filet, why people long for it so much??

Anonymous

Because most of them think that makes them cool.

Anonymous

Don’t hype yourself up too much. It’s simply a good fried chicken sandwich for a decent price. That is all.

Anonymous

Popeye’s is better

Go Miami go!

I know Boca, Port of Miami, Orlando Airport, and Aventura are a for sure thing.
However, is the Disney Resort Property a for sure thing?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Disney were the ones who reached out to them so yes, please it would be wise to have an station near their parks. They might extend the monorail to the future virgin rail station as well.

A City Dude

As a Orlando Parks “insider”… I can say “not really”. Disney was very reluctant. Universal is fighting for equal access. However, the MCO/TPA segment is not fully approved yet. As the ROW is along the median of I-4. Therefore, FECR (Brightline/Virgin), FDOT and the Feds all have to come to the same agreement… not to mention Orange, Osceola, Polk & Hillsborough Counties! Still an uphill battle. Even though the completion of I-4 was designed to hold HSR from the beginning.

Anonymous

Love seeing them expand. It will be great if they have a Tampa service in the future

Anonymous

Miami Winning

Anonymous

Uh, what’s the prize at the end of the contest?

Anonymous

You get a tour of the Miami Winning poster’s rubber room at the mental hospital.

Anonymous

CAN’T WAIT!!!

Anonymous

Wake me up when groundbreaking actually occurs, and Virgin confirms a Tampa service, and I’ll start talking about Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Anonymous

This will be awesome for Virgin Cruise lines and tourists! Well done Miami!

Anonymous

it wont get you to the port

Anonymous

Well, that’ll kill the cruise industry then.

Rem

They’re building a station in the port of Miami.

A City Dude

If they build the Cocoa Station (part of Phase-3 to JAX) then Brightline/Virgin will have access to ALL of the major cruise ports in FL! Giving the Vacationing Public all options >> Party here… cruise there… visit the parks upon return. All via Virgin Trains USA. Should be a giant win for the State of Florida and the Tourist Taxes earned!