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Brightline kicks off construction of long-awaited Boca Raton station

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Courtesy: All Aboard Florida

It’s been nearly 54 years since a passenger train stopped in downtown Boca Raton, when in July 1968, the final Florida East Coast Railway pulled out of a decades-old station at 747 South Dixie Highway on its way to Jacksonville.

But on Tuesday, less than a mile to the north and a few minutes past 10 a.m., Brightline company executives, local politicians, business people and construction workers cheered as they broke ground on a new Brightline station.

The station symbolically ushers in a revival of passenger rail travel for the upscale city, which is now the scene of fancy new hotels, condo towers and offices for newly arrived businesses.

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.