Plans took the next step on Thursday for a new Brightline train station at PortMiami for cruise passengers to be connected to the busiest cruise dock in the south east.
The Miami-Dade County Commission of Ports endorsed a draft deal between Brightline and the County for building a $15.4 million facility, of which $5.2 million would be of public money.
The for-profit rail company, which will be introducing its new Virgin brand in 2020, aimed to build the new station and make it available to all cruise passengers from West Palm Beach to Miami initially. Brightline currently also has plans to extend as far north as Orlando with connections to Disney World and eventually Tampa as well.
The new trains would connect from the existing MiamiCentral station in downtown Miami across two miles of cargo tracks to PortMiami.
The for-profit rail sees PortMiami as a new business opportunity for attracting cruise passengers in the Florida market.
“They can hand over their bags at the Fort Lauderdale station, the West Palm Beach station, the Orlando station, and the passenger won’t see his or her bags until he or she gets into their cabin.”, said Juan Kurula, the county’s port director.
While no ticket pricing has been announced as of yet, Brightline, soon to be named, Virgin Trains USA, hopes to open the new port station at the end of 2020 with two trains daily between the MiamiCentral and port station.