Virgin Trains Remains On Track To Begin Building New South Florida Stations By Year End, With Multiple Cities Now Proposing Transit Oriented Developments

Virgin Trains (Brightline) is continuing efforts to add multiple new stations along its rail line.

The company told investors last week that they are making progress on the development of three new stations at PortMiami, Aventura and Boca Raton.

Construction on the stations is expected to get underway before the end of 2019, with operations commencing in 2020. The stations are estimated to ultimately generate in excess of two million additional annual trips.

Multiple cities along the Virgin Trains rail lines are now vying for stations from either Virgin Trains or Tri-Rail, according to Law.com.

Proposals for Transit Oriented Developments with stations are now being proposed by municipalities including North Miami Beach, Ojus (unincorporated, with a private developer), Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Delray Beach, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens, the website reported.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

.. Just build coastal link.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It mentions Tri-Rail in the article

Just a City Dude
2 years ago

Actually — the Miami-Dade stations SHOULD be handled by MDT’s Metrorail… not a Regional Rail (Tri-Rail). The Aventura/Ojus station should be Metrorail/Tri-Rail and maybe Brightline by Virgin. Once you start adding too many stations to the High-Speed Rail, then driving IS FASTER to get to Orlando! (and infinitely cheaper!) The Orlando station is INSIDE the southern segment of MCO Airport. The 417 is NOT a freeway that gets you anywhere… and getting up to the 528 is a royal pain! Unless SunRail and/or some other regional/local transport is also associated with it… it’s going to be difficult at best to use! I am a “commuter”. I live in Miami Beach. And work in Orlando. I’ve been waiting for this for years! I also have local jobs across the tri-county area. And not ONE public transportation option that doesn’t take HOURS more than driving… I really do have a personal stake in all of this coming together before I actually die! Coastal Link is a part of SFRTA, not the private company FECR (the contemporary Flagler Railway from 1885) that owns the tracks for the last 125-years and is building the Brightline by Virgin. If the latest ruling regime at the FECR decides to follow-up to their off-the-cuff proposal from over a year ago to build-out the Coastal Link for SFRTA’s Tri-Rail… it would be great! But judging by these last press releases–that concept just might have gone into the toilet once the governments got involved!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m sure there will be Express and commuter service trains.

Just a City Dude
2 years ago

That might be difficult without adding a 3rd rail to bypass stations. Programming: 1) Freight 2) Brightline “Local” 3) Brightline “Express” & 4) Coastal Link… I can’t see the Cost Justification to the FECR/AAF/Brightline/Virgin business model! Rail is the direction we need to move to even start relieving congestion and/or any way to get people OUT of their (our) cars. This will be the litmus test to see if Floridians will even begin to adopt a new mode of travel… If they screw this up >> then it’s all dead in the water for any forward movement in the future!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I thought there was a planned expansion for the SunRail in the works to connect to the Orlando Airport to the main line, but who knows it is Florida, they may just add a couple lanes to the highway and call it a day

Anonymous
2 years ago

Increasing South Florida’s urban areas Population density will benefit everybody.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah lets all live on top of each other I wanna be so close to my neighbor I can hear him fart at 6AM in the room above me

Anonymous
2 years ago

Many will feel that way! You and your neighbors who are willing to drive further for extra space will not have to deal with more and more people driving further and further with more and more traffic.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Then you can live in Kendall, have your 1/8 acre and 90 minute commute.

Darrell Dunlap
2 years ago

What about a station at Fort Lauderdale airport?

Boca Breeze
2 years ago

Completely agree. Fort Lauderdale airport is a major hub and a connection point. People from downtown Miami can use Virgin and be there in 10 minutes. Also, good for downtown West Palm Beach. Why a station is being placed in Boca is incomprehensible. Boca is not a center of commerce, and more of an older retirement town where there is no traveling anyways, besides using a golf cart. They also have the Tri-Rail which is sufficient for Boca. People from Boca can be in downtown WPB in 20 minutes, downtown Ft, Lauderdale in 20 minutes, and in Miami in 45 minutes via the Tri-Rail. The Boca stop will only add to a slower route among the major commerce centers – WPB, Orlando, Ft. lauderdale, and Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Actually, the existing Tri-Rail station in Boca is the busiest on the line, and is a major commerce center with a university and Aventura-like mall. I support an FLL station as well, but its hard when the most viable place to put it is on a giant curve.

Anonymous
2 years ago

NYC subway stations don’t seem to have problems with curves. I’m pretty sure those platforms that extend out from the brightline doors can handle transition from platform to door edge.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is just dead wrong. Boca’s population SURGES during the weekday. It has a huge population of offices.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I counted a train yesterday with 4 passengers during rush hour. they may be fudging their numbers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

when will it be branded virgin trains? been months

Anonymous
2 years ago

North Miami Beach, Ojus (unincorporated, with a private developer) *cough Dezer