Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains USA, is set to build a station at PortMiami by the end of 2020.
The Virgin Trains PortMiami station will make journeys between Orlando International Airport and PortMiami seamless. This will be the only intercity rail system in the US to connect an international airport directly to a major cruise port. It will give travellers a car-free option of getting from Central Florida to the ‘cruise capital of the world’.
“This private-public partnership is a great opportunity to expand PortMiami’s connectivity to visitors traveling from central Florida and for Miami-Dade County residents to get to the Orlando area in a quick, enjoyable way,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I want to thank the Board of County Commissioners for its support of the Virgin Trains PortMiami station. It’s one more move forward to continue to improve our County’s mobility.”
Brightline, which will soon be known as Virgin Trains, develops and operates privately funded high-speed intercity passenger rail systems that connect large populations too far to drive and too close to fly. Currently they operate the service between downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with plans to connect Orlando in 2022.
Due to demand along the South Florida corridor, an additional station in Aventura has been approved and Virgin Trains is working with the city of Boca Rato to add a station in 2020.
“This is a first-of-its-kind train to port station that will connect the cruise capital of the world with a car-free option for millions of cruisers looking to start their vacation a little earlier.” said Patrick Goddard, president of Virgin Trains. “This is a tremendous partnership and infrastructure investment between PortMiami, Miami Dade County and Brightline that will increase mobility, take cars off the road and provide our state’s visitors an easier way to get around.”
Last year, Miami served more than 5.5 million travellers – more than any other port in the world. PortMiami is currently home to 22 cruise lines and will welcome Virgin Voyages in 2020. Visit Brightline to find out more about the planned station at PortMiami.