Brightline inaugurates Boca station

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Returns from the Boca Raton train station. Photos courtesy of Brightline

New year, new station! Brightline opened its new Boca Raton station with Kaufman Lynn Construction, Inc. as the garage and station construction manager on January 25. When completed, the station will be Brightline’s fifth in the state, connecting travelers from Boca Raton to Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with an upcoming station in Orlando.

Located on a 1.8-acre site across from Mizner Park and adjacent to the downtown library, Brightline’s 38,000-square-foot Boca Raton station was designed by Zyscovich Architects and will include amenities such as the self-contained MRKT and the premium lounge. The station will provide a modern and seamless travel experience with a cashless environment, contactless turnstiles and high-speed Wi-Fi. Brightline’s Boca station is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

Brightline President Patrick Goddard was joined today at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Congressman Ted Deutch, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Jorge Pesquera of Discover the Palm Beaches, as well as members Boca Raton City Council and elected officials. The grand opening of Brightline’s Boca Station follows the start of construction of the station’s parking lot, announced in December 2021.

Returns from the Boca Raton train station.  Photos courtesy of Brightline

“As a premier business and leisure destination, Boca Raton is a perfect fit for Brightline and will be an integral part of our network that will further connect the state of Florida,” Goddard said. “Brightline stations help improve the local communities and economies where we operate and provide travelers with quick access to tourist and lifestyle destinations statewide. We look forward to building a long and productive partnership with the Boca community. »

In 2021, Brightline received a $16.3 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to fund part of the construction of the Brightline station, parking lot and building. associated railway infrastructure. In addition to the CRISI grant, the city has committed $9.9 million to fund parking. The balance of the project, approximately $30 million, will be funded by Brightline. Construction of the Boca Raton station is expected to create more than 480 jobs during construction while contributing more than $23 million in wages.

The resort is expected to strengthen ties between Boca Raton and South and Central Florida. By connecting to the wider Brightline system, local employers will have access to a larger pool of employees and workers will have access to an additional 89,000 office jobs within average commute times. In addition to benefiting commuters and other local residents, Brightline will serve a large population of leisure travelers and drive increased tourism in Boca Raton.

Returns from the Boca Raton train station.  Photos courtesy of Brightline

“Brightline will be a game changer for Boca Raton, and especially for our downtown area,” Singer said. “We look forward to welcoming the many passengers who will work in our thriving businesses and visit our cultural, dining and shopping attractions, and for our residents to connect to a major transportation network from Miami to Orlando.”

The 455-space parking garage is also under construction and will serve Brightline’s Boca Raton station and downtown library visitors, who will have dedicated, covered, free spaces on the first floor. In October 2021, Brightline completed construction of the new community garden for the Boca Raton Junior League, as well as temporary parking for the downtown library. Brightline managed and financed the construction of both projects as part of the new station construction agreement.

Brightline currently serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with Aventura Station opening in 2022. Brightline’s current construction project in Orlando is over 70% complete, with over 1,300 daily workers at work totaling more than four million hours of work. . In January 2022, Brightline began daily crew training and qualification testing between West Palm Beach and Cocoa. Over an eight-year period, the Brightline Corridor between Miami and Orlando will result in an economic impact of $6.4 billion, while creating more than 10,000 jobs. Construction of the highly anticipated expansion in Orlando is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, with service expected to begin in early 2023.

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