Virgin Trains Says New Stations At PortMiami, Aventura & Boca Raton Expected To Be Operational In 2020

Virgin Trains (formerly Brightline) announced last week that the company is planning to develop new stations in key population centers and destination markets in the Miami area.

The company says that PortMiami, Aventura and Boca Raton are among the stations expected to open, but others are expected as well.

Virgin’s new South Florida stations will come online in 2020, and they are forecast to add over two million additional annual trips to the system.

Two cruise lines have already signed deals to to market Virgin’s new train‐to‐port product, and additional cruise lines are expected to complete deals in the third quarter of this year. The deals are expected to generate substantial incremental ridership and ancillary revenue given Virgin’s connectivity to PortMiami (the world’s busiest cruise port) and the large number of cruise passengers originating from points north of Miami.

Also in the third quarter, Virgin service is expected to become accessible through global distribution systems allowing travel agents to directly book tickets for clients

In a monthly report to investors, Virgin said it raised an additional $1.1 billion in financing in June, including $950 million in bonds and $150 million in equity from the Virgin Trains USA parent company.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a station in Orlando was also held in June, with service there expected to begin in 2022.

For June, Virgin carried 80,094 passengers and generated total revenue of approximately $1.6 million, including $400,000 in ancillary revenue. Average ticket fare for the month was $15.12.

 

(photo: brightline)

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Anonymous

This isn’t for locals. Pricing won’t be for commuters. Sadly,our local leaders aren’t interested in building out the Coastal Link.

Anonymous

Agreed it’s not for locals, but they did announce corporate pricing will be coming soon, so maybe they’re trying to turn intercity into a somewhat viable commuter system?

Anonymous

Look, before even thinking about doing Coastal Link, a mass transit system between Miami and Miami Beach first is more of a priority.

Anonymous

Let me guess, you want Metromover because it’s free?

Anonymous

For your information, I have a coupla cars. Anyway, Miami has the Metro-rail and Metro-mover systems. Nothing has been done with the Metro-mover since 1994.. that’s twenty five years ago. All the citizens or taxpayers have gotten is study after study. Imagine if we could’ve just had the Metro-mover running from downtown to Miami Beach continuing all the way up Washington Ave ten or fifteen years ago? But nahhh, all our illustrious politicos in Miami wanna do is put more money in the pockets of tow truck companies in Miami Beach and try to attempt to pacify us, the citizens, with more free Trolleys.

Anonymous

It’s really a combination of NIMBYism from Miami Beach residents and “lack of funding” for an EIA to get federal grants.

Anonymous

What happened in 1994? Metromover opened in 1984. In the 1980 Presidential campaign that Metromover and Detroit’s Peoplemover were given as glowing examples of government stupidity and excessive spending.
To paraphrase: “You could use the money spent on these systems and buy every single rider a Limousine, a driver, and one year’s gasoline”.

$1Billion is a lot. $1,000,000,000.
The population of Miami Beach is 92,000. One billion is about $10,870 for every man woman and child.
Then, you have to operate the thing every year…

Anonymous

Your post is so full of wrongs to where it’s not even it worth commenting on.

Anonymous

Can someone please articulate what problem buying a $1B connection between Miami and Miami would solve?

The number of hotel rooms has been increasing. The number of condos has been increasing. The number of people going to and from Miami Beach has been increasing.

Are all these people super humans? Do they all possess some super power or super intelligence that allows them to get from Miami to Miami Beach without a $1B bay link?

If so, then is the Baylink idea there to facilitate the non-super humans, and really stupid people who cannot afford or figure out buses, Ubers, and Lyfts?

Claudia

It has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with sustainability and efficiency.

Anonymous

I don;t give a shite about putting people in your hotel rooms. Miami-Dade needs public transportation for people who live in Miami-Dade. No one cares about Miami Beach. Congrats on buying your home there. Not shut up. Miami Beach will have its tourists. It does not need more transit than it has. Miami-Dade on the other hand is a third world cesspool completely lacking any reasonable mass transit system and desperately needs real improvements

Anonymous

Miami Beach is in MiamiDade, just like Coral Gables, Miami Gardens, etc etc etc…

Jeez some people shouldn’t attempt commenting.

Anonymous

They can “figure out buses”, In fact they have already. They’ve figured out that buses sit in the same traffic jams as cars and won’t get you there any faster because they don’t have absolute right-of-way. So why bother taking a bus, when they can do it in the comfort and privacy of their own private vehicle.

Metrorail zips past traffic… that’s why people take it.

Anonymous

I agree, but they do offer 50 ticket packages that make it affordable for commuters. It just seems like it’s not something they’ve focused their marketing on, which is unfortunate

Anonymous

Hope Aventura Mall chips in to build a bridge from the station over Biscayne Blvd. Getting cars off the road will only help that log jam. Plus, they should run it over the mall parking lot to a garage, make it enclosed with A/C so getting to the mall and the train is a comfortable no-brainer.

Anonymous

They’ll still drive to the mall infact having the train there will make it a commuter location for more cars to the mall to ride the train downtown…just choose your poison of where you want your traffic

Anonymous

Well, Aventura Mall will have a food hall so that’s always a win.

Anonymous

“Will have” ?? Interesting?? Because I am here now eating my lunch.

Anonymous

BTW, Miami International and Dolphin malls have had food halls for years. Only they call them “courts”. 😉

Anonymous

Like hundreds (maybe thousands) or people, I avoid driving on that stretch. My car if off that road.
Now, if you were to spend a few million dollars to build a bridge or whatever, how many “cars would be taken off the road”?
Because if it is hundreds (maybe thousands), I would stop avoiding that stretch, and start putting my car on the road, just like the hundreds (maybe thousands) that have been avoiding it would do.

(See how that works when you think it through?)

Anonymous

This train could easily remove about 70 drivers per day from interstate 95

Anonymous

The bridge will be provided with your tax dollars.

Anonymous

Details? Curious about the station at the port.

Anonymous

They’ll board a bus at the Brightline station downtown Miami and head to the port.

Anonymous

exactly. Why would they spend millions to have a station at the port? It would be a 30-second train ride.

Anonymous

Virgin Cruises terminal is coming to Miami soon.

Anonymous

You may be right, but Branson has a great head for business, and he might just know what he is doing. Miami commute is not really his problem is it? But direct rail from airport to his ships at the port is very convenient for his passengers. I see any type of investment like that in our city as a win-win.

Anonymous

I think it would be great to have a stop by Arsht. Then people could take Genting Express to south beach.

Anonymous

Seriously why they should spend money on brightline to the port if they could have a stop in miami beach

Anonymous

there is an existing rail spur to the port. As currently configured one would bypass Miami central to get to the port. a lil awkward but an engineer could figure it out

POLO

I hope they have express trains as well. With all these stops they are adding, it will defeat the purpose of getting from point A to B in the fastest, efficient way. Also, they should have added a stop at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

JContreras

I hope they increase the speeds of the trains on the tracks as well.

Anonymous

…. so … it can hit more people?

Anonymous

I wonder why we never hear about dogs being hit a train but the so called “more intelligent” people do?

Anonymous

I wonder why we never hear about dogs being hit by a train but the so called “more intelligent” people do?

Tony Alfonso

The people that train hits are stupid they get in front of the rail as a train is coming hello

Anonymous

It’s not the trains fault when people don’t follow the laws and signs

Anonymous

They will probably do what most train systems do and have local and express trains.

Anonymous

Oh yes, by next year, this will be like the Long Island Railroad.

Anonymous

More fake news. Brightline cannot have stations ready in 6 months. We are still waiting for Orlando that was promised in 2017 and now 2022

Anonymous

Actual projected start date for the new stations is by end of 2020, but I agree that they definitely won’t meet that target either way. Remember when the project was first announced in 2012 and they said they’d have everything up and running in 2 years?

Comment OP

All great ideas as long as they are designed as walkable station centers. Right now the WPB and FTL stations are relatively difficult to navigate on foot and have autocentric designs. Details on the PortMiami station would be great. From a railroader perspective moving a train from MiamiCentral to the Port is a complicated and lengthy process because of speed limits and FRA rules. I still think they’re missing out big time not having a stop at FLL Airport.

Anonymous

> I still think they’re missing out big time not having a stop at FLL Airport.

How would that work? The tracks are miles from the terminals.

Anonymous

The tracks are right on the airport

Anonymous

Yeah right, you want passengers to walk from the train terminal down the runway up the 5 miles with bags in tow.

Anonymous

People mover or tram from station to terminal. Other countries have these things in place. Why not here?

Anonymous

Buses duh

Optimist

The tracks are just across the street from Terminal 1. A people mover or a few moving sidewalks could connect to all the terminals.

Anonymous

Look at a map. The tracks pass right across the street from one of the two parking garages at FLL… Would require a 200-foot pedestrian bridge to connect, and that’s it.

Anonymous

Yes, we wont people walking on the runway. Exactly!

Anonymous

clueless comments.. LOL

Anonymous

I think it skips mia central…the train is marketed from west palm and ft laud to the port…if you wanted to go to downtown you would take one of the many regular trains, this is a special port train… It’ll do exactly what the FEC already does with its port trains

Anonymous

It will only go at times when Virgin cruise ships are boarding or off-boarding passengers. It will be right next to their terminal. Wonder if they will even consider other cruise terminals usage?

Anonymous

Well the article does say “Two cruise lines have already signed deals to to market Virgin’s new train‐to‐port product, and additional cruise lines are expected to complete deals in the third quarter of this year.”

Anonymous

If it were Europe, Asia or Middle East Baylink would go from downtown to the port, then Miami Beach cut across and come back through Julia Tuttle with a stop in Midtown and Wynwood before ending up near the Overtown station but this is too logical

Anonymous

That would be awesome…just a dream. Leaders have no vision. Can’t expect much from folks who used to ride donkeys where they came from. Just sayin’…

Anonymous

I’ve walk to and from those stations by foot and the working experience isn’t bad. Stop with the muh cars are bad.

Anonymous

The Port station will be useful for this coming from outside Miami. Out of towners from as far as Orlando going on a cruise could go straight to the port.

alex

The Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) master plan has this covered. A multimodal transportation building is supposed to be built inside the loop you drive on when entering the airport from US 1 south. The building will be over US 1. It will be connected to the terminals by automated “people mover” vehicles. If all goes to plan, there will be an additional “people mover” connecting to Port Everglades.

Although not announced, the concert art clearly shows a rail station on the tracks that Virgin currently uses. You can see it in this YouTube video.

https://youtu.be/rCMUSJl8B3k

Anonymous

How are they going to go to Orlando in 3 hours ?

Anonymous

They’re not. It’s been BS all along. Anyone with half a brain could see that from the very get go gecko.

Anonymous

With the heavy capital costs and $1.6 million in revenue per month this thing is bleeding a lot of cash

Anonymous

People please understand, this entire project is not finished yet.

Anonymous

Amazon lost money for years and years, but now it’s one of the wealthiest companies in America.

Anonymous

Yes, this is like Amazon or Tesla. Dream on!

Anonymous

He’s only making the point that a lot of successful companies in this country started off hemorrhaging money at first.

Point out where he’s wrong?

Anonymous

Bleeding? More like hemorrhaging. But who am I to doubt the 61 private investors backed by a tax bailout if it fails.

Anonymous

Every day thousands of >60 year olds want to walk half a mile from the station to the terminal with 2-3 pieces of luggage in 90 degrees and 95% humity. Brilliant business plan.

Anonymous

This calls for a 20 year study

Anonymous

Delray, hollywood are the only big ones left unless you include pompano

Anonymous

Surprised they left Hollywood out. I would include Pompano too given they’re redeveloping their downtown area right next door to the FEC.

Anonymous

Including Both Hollywood and Aventura would make more sense than the port.

Anonymous

100%

Anonymous

What Miami-Dade mostly needs for its residents is greater access to the Port of Miami.

Anonymous

Watched the Boca Commission meeting. No way this is in service by 2020.

http://bocaraton.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=1692&meta_id=127162

Anonymous

Of course it won’t be. I’ll check out the video later, but I doubt they have the necessary permits and land acquisition. If they did, a city official would have already bragged about how they brought Brightline to the city.

Anonymous

Those are two creepy looking dudes in that picture

Anonymous

Where is the aventura station going to be?

Anonymous

LOVE this!!!

Anonymous

@richardbrandson …. Why are you planning on creating a station in port of miami if the train will travel for 2 seconds from the miami central stop…Just uber or lyft

Anonymous

The point of it was to be a way to go from A to B quickly. With all of the stops that takes away the attractiveness of it

KRR

WHERE IS THE NEW POSTS FOR WEDNESDAY 7/23/2019? WE NEED OUR DAILY ARTICLES!

Anonymous

Um, today is tuesday numbskull.

Anonymous

No station in Edgewater between 20/29 street, recipe for total failure. 50,000 upper income residents will live here and they will not go to downtown to catch this train. If this venture had to succeed, build a station here.

Anonymous

Maybe one day people like you will realize that this is not meant to be some kind of city wide mass transit system.

Anonymous

Completely agree! People don’t understand the difference a commuter system and a metro system… this wouldn’t be meant for people from edgewater to go to downtown Miami… but a stop here would be meant for people to commute from edgewater to broward palm beach area

Anonymous

Edgewater has about 15,000 residents….maybe.
And neither those guys changing their oil in their front yards, or the convicts hanging outside that half-way house 2 blocks from Paraiso do not count as upper income.

Anonymous

This is a FOR PROFIT line VERY LIMITED Service to make money for the investors. It is not so you will have available transportation. Got it?

Anonymous

Lol you really want high speed rail for what, a mile and a half to 3 miles at most to get you downtown?