Brightline Opens: New Stations In Aventura And Boca Raton
February 3, 2023
Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, along with its partners in Boca Raton, Aventura and Miami-Dade County, celebrated the ribbon cutting of its Aventura and Boca Raton train stations recently. Congressman Carlos Gimenez and Mayors Daniella Levine Cava, Scott Singer and Howard Weinburg were joined by officials from the City of Boca, the City of Aventura, Miami-Dade County and Brightline Executives to officially launch the highly-anticipated opening of the two new stations.
The ceremony commenced at the entrance of the Boca Raton station at 9:00 a.m. where city officials and media were welcomed with remarks by Brightline’s President Patrick Goddard, City of Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Florida State Senator Tina Polsky and Milton Segarra of Discover The Palm Beaches. The ceremony proceeded with a tour of the completed station and the inaugural ride from Boca Raton to Aventura. The ceremony at Aventura began at noon with remarks by Brightline President Patrick Goddard, Congressman Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, City of Aventura Mayor Howard Weinburg, Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) Second Vice Chair Robert Wolfarth. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the Aventura Station and the inaugural ride from Aventura to Miami Central.
Aventura & Boca Raton Stations
With the station openings of Aventura and Boca Raton, Brightline now has five stations in South Florida and will connect travelers to existing stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Both stations feature Brightline’s signature autonomous MRKT, SMART and PREMIUM lounges in addition to touchless turnstiles and free high-speed WiFi throughout the station and onboard the train.
Brightline’s Aventura Station is located at 19796 West Dixie Highway, Aventura, Florida 33180. The Aventura Station will allow guests congestion-free travel between all of Brightline’s stations with an estimated travel time to Miami Central of about 20 minutes. The station will also offer express service between Miami during the peak morning and evening hour commute periods, saving time and stress for commuters.
As part of the agreement with Miami-Dade Transit, Brightline guests will have access to discounted rides between Aventura and Miami Central through the Brightline website and App. Monthly commuter passes for travel between Aventura and Miami Central can be purchased at a discount at the Aventura Station guest services desk. Discounted commuter passes will be available online or through the App for a limited time. Brightline will reserve capacity on commuter trains for rides between Aventura and Miami Central up until 48 hours of train departures.
The 34,000 square foot station features 240 parking spaces, a bus drop-off for Miami-Dade Transit passengers, newly landscaped and hardscape areas and a pedestrian skybridge that transports guests from the vertical transportation towers to the train platform. Brightline is currently designing a new pedestrian bridge which will connect the platform to the Aventura Mall. Upon the station’s opening, Brightline will provide a complimentary bi-directional Brightline+ shuttle to Aventura Mall for guests. The shuttle will be available 14 hours of the day.
The Aventura Station has been designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver criteria as part of Brightline’s goals to reduce contribution to global climate change, enhance individual human health and protect water resources. These LEED Silver Station design features include a solar canopy and installation of electric charging vehicles to reduce emissions and encourage clean transportation, a careful selection of materials to increase healthy indoor spaces and smart technology to reduce water use.
• 19796 West Dixie Highway, Aventura, Florida 33180.
• Brightline’s Aventura Station is located on the west side of US-1 across from Aventura Mall, one of the nation’s top luxury destinations for shopping, restaurants and lifestyle.
• The new station in Aventura will help alleviate road congestion and connect the community to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Orlando (2023).
In October 2019, the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) passed a resolution to approve the property acquisition and development agreement between the County and Brightline. It also approved the use of $76.7 Million of Surtax Dollars for the development of this project, which will serve the Northeast Corridor – one of six corridors in the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Program.
Station Travel Times, Parking + Passes
Brightline’s initial schedules for Aventura and Boca are designed to optimize commuter patterns and will focus on peak morning and evening weekday service. During non-peak hours and weekends, Brightline will provide service approximately every other hour. Regular hourly service will continue in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami Central. You can view a full schedule for Boca and Aventura at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dkyzy36KftQHQ5T-AExaoHh9YYRqIKH8/view Or visit: www.gobrightline.com
Parking options will be available at both stations upon opening with rates for Brightline guests starting at $7 and walk up parking rates starting at $6 for up to an hour. Guests traveling from Aventura and Boca Raton Stations will also have access to Brightline+ shuttle services offered to South Florida’s biggest games and events.
For guests looking to save on fares, a commuter SMART pass will be available for $229 per month. Passes for SHORT (2-leg) and LONG (4-leg) bookings will also be available for both SMART and PREMIUM. Miami-Aventura passes can be purchased in-person at the Aventura Station and will become available for purchase online in early 2023 for $170 per month. To purchase tickets, visit: www.gobrightline.com
The opening of the Aventura Station creates opportunities for better connectivity to destinations such as Aventura Mall, Hallandale Beach and Hard Rock Stadium for events; Brightline is working with local partners on established connection options.