Virgin Trains To Announce Up To Three New Miami-Area Stations By End Of Year

Three new South Florida Virgin Trains stations could be announced soon.

In a quarterly report to investors released on June 28, the company said the new stations are now in negotiations and could be revealed by the end of the year.

The new stations are expected to provide a “significant” ridership boost once operational, the company said.

All three new stations would be located in Virgin’s South Segment, between Miami and West Palm Beach.

Just three Virgin stations are now open, but ridership is already nearing 90,000 passengers per month.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous

Awesome, now we can go from Miami to other cities but we can’t still have transportation inside Miami… the metromover is still extremely limited inside Miami and still does not go to the beach. If we want to be a major city we need a major improvement of our public transportation. This will help tourists getting around, increasing revenue for business. But it will also help locals leaving their cars home and move freely within the city and to the beach. C’mon Miami, what are you waiting for?

Anonymous

Another article talks about building an additional system to the beach, you know, just to keep it simple??‍♂️

Anonymous

Waiting for the studies…

Anonymous

Look, I put more Trolleys on the streets.. what more do you want?

– The Mayor

Anonymous

Your resignation.

Anonymous

And if I do, so what?.. they’re only going to elect another hispanic person just like me, ha!

Anonymous

Mmmm. I don’t think the “Hispanic” part is the issue… that sounded a bit racists, don’t you think?

Anonymous

Why can’t non hispanics say anything without some of you hispanics feeling insulted?

Anonymous

Non Hispanics can say anything just like anyone else as long as they say it without being racist

Anonymous

“Non Hispanics can say anything just like anyone else as long as they say it without being racist”

Oh, sorta like when hispanics tell “gringos” from NYC and other northern cities to stay outta Miami?

Anonymous

It probably is part of the issue,since people on this site like to brag about Miami Hispanics being Repugnants. We know their stance on trains and rapid transit.

Anonymous

And the local need to leave their cars, cause they can’t drive for sh**!!

Anonymous

You ain’t lying!

Anonymous

Especially the ones with the “I AM MDC” sticker in their window.
Drivers Ed should be required first semester, Freshman Year.

Anonymous

To many people are suggesting a solution in search of a problem.
Perhaps tourists who go to Miami Beach are all exponentially smarter than the people who post about the NEED for rail to the beach.
Somehow, these supernaturally intelligent tourists have been finding their way to Miami Beach every year since I moved here 27 years ago.
Perhaps they have rented cars, maybe it was a hotel shuttle, maybe the Super Shuttle, Taxi’s, a ride from a friend, God forbid, one if the hundreds if buses…but somehow, they figure it out.

The number of mind-boggling intelligent, super-hero like brainiac tourists have been arriving in greater numbers every year. Hotels keep expanding. Room rates are up, vacancies are down.

Getting to Miami Beach isn’t a big problem.

Anonymous

I like when smart-ass people like you miss the point. Look, scientist have told us that if we don’t start reducing carbon emissions now, it will get to a point where it’s too late. Taking cars off the road by using a mass transit rail system is a start. Why can’t people like you understand this one simple concept?

Anonymous

Stop. Just stop and get help.

Anonymous

“Stop. Just stop and get help.”

Dude, you still ain’t saying nuthin.. you’re pathetic!

Anonymous

How overly simplistic. Tourists find their way around but by improving their experience you improve mobility and increase tourism.

Anonymous

I would agree that tourists have been getting by the last few decades but I often hear of their frustrating experience in getting around. It is only getting worse.

Anonymous

I increasingly plan my trips so that I don’t need to rent a vehicle. When you experience convenient transit in other countries, you want to see it everywhere. I remember LA residents spending a fortune to get from the airport in Oslo, Norway by taxi when they discovered that there are express trains at a small fraction of the cost. They were amazed.

Anonymous

it is unbelievable, we are in 2019, talking about being a global city, I just came back from a short trip to Doha. USA has fallen behind and Miami, this is a 3rd world city.

Anonymous

They have talked about a station in Aventura possibly using tri-rail.
Stations have also been discussed for Port Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Airport.

Anonymous

Port Miami is almost definite

Anonymous

I don’t think that would happen since it’s only a mile from the downtown station.

Anonymous

I saw somewhere that Branson wants to make an easy connection with Virgin Cruises when they start operating out of Port of Miami. So it’s definitely possible.

Anonymous

I think Virgin will just need a spur from Central with a smaller train to the ship

marc

Ft. Lauderdale Airport is a no brainer.

Anonymous

Tri Rail already goes there.

FLLy me to the moon

Tri Rail misses.

Anonymous

How

Anonymous

Tri Rail nor Brightline is going to FLL airport. It’s too far from the mainline (2+miles each way) wouldn’t make sense for any trains. Plus the cost to bring it to the terminals and no room. You’ll have to live with the shuttle bus, it’s not the worst IMO.

Now, Broward could build a tram b/t the existing train station, airport and cruise port, ala. JFK airtain.

That would make sense. But not brightline/tri-rail.

George

It stops on the other side of I-95 about a 2 mile bus ride from the actual terminal

What is needed is a station that physically connects to the terminal, like in real countries with real transit systems

Anonymous

I would approve of tax dollars being spent for these politicians to travel to Zurich International airport and see how trains and planes work together..

DTT

Atlanta is closer

Anonymous

Bus ride? Buses are a thing of the past. Public transportation is on rail not on buses

Anonymous

You cannot have rail on every street. Buses will always be critical to feed rail stations and to get people to leave their cars at home. We need to get past the mentality that buses should run hourly and stop at 7 pm. Buses are not a thing of the past if you want more than 5% or 10% of the public using transit.

Anonymous

Saying Tri-rail goes to the FLL airport terminal is like saying Ditmars or the Flushing line 7 goes to Laguardia. Not by ANY stretch of the imagination!

Just cause Tri-rail has a station with “airport” in the name doesn’t make it so. It’s like a 10 min ride from the terminal. Brightline OTOH, passes right by the terminal buildings of FLL airport.

Anonymous

Public transit shouldn’t necessary be run with a profit motive. If the goal is to remove cars off the street then ticket prices need to be subsided, just as roads are.

Local commuter rail really should be run by Tri-Rail, not the Brightline. As usual our local politicians are asleep at the wheel.

Anonymous

Look, if you wanna sound smart, use the correct words:

necessarily – subsidized.

Anonymous

Anybody who thinks a tickets should be subsidized and that Tri-Rail is superior to “the Brightline” isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

Anonymous

The government wont fund public transit in this country so this is our next best option unless people vote anti-transit politicians out of office.

Anonymous

Actually it’s better that the private sector build mass transit. Less bs red tape by anti train government officials, as well as no taxpayer involvement.

Anonymous

This. Private transit could work great in Miami just like it does in HONG KONG.

Azarius

First I want to start off by saying that we need to stop relying on subsidies to complete public projects I truly believe that’s a big opportunity for politicians to do dirty deals behind closed doors … we need more P3 agreements b/c one they increase more stable jobs since it’s not waiting on government for pay outs as well as increase business from more corporations increase competitions…things move faster with permits and approval cause we’re not using federal funding … if there’s no profit how can a business thrive without depending on the government and tax payers $

Anonymous

Um, what?

Anonymous

TD;LR government doesn’t do anything properly.

Anonymous

Waiting for the city is the surest way to be sure transit will never happen!

Anonymous

An aventura stop is an absolute must!!

Anonymous

Ugh, this will greatly slow down times from getting to MIA > WPB. Maybe they will speed the train up to make up for more stops?

Anonymous

My guess is they’ll have express and local service.

Anonymous

only 3 stations for “all of the south segment” isn’t much but it’s a start….how spaced out? Aventura, Hollywood, boca? Or closer?

Comment OP

My best educated guess for all 3 would be Boca/Delray, FLL, and Aventura (or somewhere in northern Miami-Dade). All of these locations play right into Brightline’s business model. YAnd yes, it’s STILL Brightline until the end of this year, despite all the false headlines.

Anonymous

What about Design District or Midtown?

Anonymous

They change an intercity rail to a bus service with stopps everywhere. And the public transit fanboys still dont want to realise its a scam to get cheap real estate in prime locations.

Comment OP

My best educated guess for all 3 would be Boca/Delray, FLL, and Aventura (or somewhere in northern Miami-Dade). All of these locations play right into Brightline’s business model.

Anonymous

The problem with stations north of the New River is the river crossing.
The current services has one bridge opening per hour. Both trains cross at nearly the same time. It would be difficult to schedule more than one opening per hour. A local and express service would only be viable if a single hourly opening is maintained.

Anonymous

If they don’t have a station in wynwood/Edgewater between 20 or 27th Street, they are deluding themselves. This is the only station that will increase their ridership. Everything else is just a token rise.

Jeff

Boca Raton, FLL and Aventura

Anonymous

Yep.

Anonymous

FLL and Port of Miami are confirmed… the question is #3… Boca/Delray? Aventura? I prefer the former. Can we get later running trains too?

Anonymous

Morning Cruise services would be super easy using a combined trainset that separates/combines immediately north of Miami. The combined train operates as a single service to/from Orlando.

Of course, it wouldn’t shock me at all to see at least 3 separate morning express services to/from Orlando and Miami, PortMiami and FLL/Port Everglades.

Anonymous

Can someone please share a link of the quarterly report shared with investors mentioned in the article?

Anonymous

It will be Miami cruise port, FTL Airport, and Aventura/Boca

Anonymous

Aventura its a must, and is aready funded by a settlelment for the exapantion of the mall (5 million to build the station).For anyone here that never been to Tokyo, all the metro end rails are private and works perfect.Lets be happy about progress and not divided .

Anonymous

Port of Miami + Aventura + Boca

Anonymous

Stations at transit hubs are ok. But let’s not have a second trirail stopping every mile