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Boca Gives New Brightline Station The Green Light

Dec 11, 2019
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If you live between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, soon you’ll have a link in the middle to board a high-speed train down to Miami and eventually up to Orlando.

Boca Raton City Council members gave the green light for a new Brightline train station Tuesday night. The station will be built next door to the city’s downtown library, a few blocks west of Mizner Park.

Boca Expected To OK New Brightline Station Today

Dec 10, 2019
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Today’s the day Boca Raton leaders vote on the new Brightline station.

City Council members will likely approve the lease for the 1.8 acre of land next door to the city’s downtown library. They’ll also likely approve an ordinance allowing for the construction that will foster the train company’s goals of having the shiny new train station up and running by the end of next year.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Florida's Department of Transportation announced Thursday an immediate directive for more rail safety measures across the state as well as a new education initiative about rail safety called Operation STRIDE. 

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After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, with no problems.

That was likely a great relief to railroad staff who have dealt with a higher than average number of deaths involving the sleek, neon-yellow trains, which travel at speeds of up to 79 mph (127 kph) through some of Florida’s most densely populated cities.

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Brightline started test-running trains in 2017. That route now runs from downtown Miami to West Palm Beach. 

Since then, more than 28 people have been struck and killed by Brightline trains. Federal Railroad Administration records go through the end of August. There have been more deaths this fall.

ELLIS RUA / Miami Herald

In response to the ongoing spate of fatal accidents along the Florida East Coast rail corridor, Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault to look into the issue.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Those itching to board a Brightline train in Boca Raton may not have to wait much longer.

Brightline plans to have the station up and running right next door to the city’s library and a few blocks west of Mizner Park by the end of next year. That’s around the same time the high-speed rail line will fully convert its brand to Virgin Trains USA.

MIAMI HERALD

After Miami-Dade’s decision to build a new Brightline express train station in Aventura, Wynwood business owners and some local transit officials have begun circulating a new proposal for a long-discussed Tri-Rail station in the fast-blooming neighborhood.

Members of the Wynwood Business Improvement District, led by local property owner Bill Rammos, say the station would relieve increasing traffic congestion and offer an additional transit option as the once blighted area continues to morph into a shopping and tourist magnet.

MIAMI HERALD

Brightline hopes to buttress its train ridership by tapping into the cruise line industry and two of South Florida’s most prosperous cities. And it expects to more than double its annual ridership through the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.

“We believe the three new stations ... will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes,” according to the rail line’s latest financial filing.

Madeline Fox / WLRN

A public meeting Monday night in Jupiter about the Brightline/Virgin Trains’s northward expansion turned tense as residents voiced concerns about noise, construction closures and unforeseen costs.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Thursday is World Mental Health Day. It's recognized by the World Health Organization as a day to talk about mental health awareness, education, and to push for an end to the stigma that can sometimes surround asking for help. 

Brightline train stations have joined in on the advocacy - bringing in therapy dogs to spend time with commuters for a couple of days this week.

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

South Florida local governments are finding that if they want a Brightline station, taxpayers could help foot the bill. The most recent example: Aventura, where a station could get a $76 million contribution from Miami-Dade County.

Brightline, the South Florida high-speed rail service, has been in talks with local governments to start building stations in Aventura, as well as in Boca Raton and PortMiami. But unlike the rail line’s initial buildout, where the company paid to build the stations now in operation, taxpayer funds are now a consideration.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Many South Florida commuters want the convenience of a Brightline train station near them — and now we know the next locations on track to get them.

The high-speed train service’s next priority station stops are Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami, the company says.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward and Miami-Dade transit planners are revving up a proposal for a monorail system that would whisk commuters between the two counties.

Potential Brightline Stop In Boca Raton Inches Forward

Jul 22, 2019
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People living in south Palm Beach County may one day be able to catch an express train to Miami in Boca Raton, saving them the drive to West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale.

That’s if Brightline officials choose Boca as the location for the train line’s next stop. Officials continue those talks this week.

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