Posts Tagged ‘Boca Raton Florida’

Boca Raton Station Work to Begin in March

January 25, 2021

Florida intercity rail operator Brightline expects to begin construction in March of a station in Boca Raton.

The $46 million project will get underway with construction of a temporary parking lot and garden and last for more than a year.

The station is expected to open in 2022. The Boca Raton City Council earlier approved the project, which is getting a $16.35 million federal grant.

Virgin to Build Station in Boca Raton

December 13, 2019

Virgin Trains USA will build a station in Baca Raton, Florida, after that city council there approved a long-term land lease for the construction of the station and parking garage.

The facility is expected to open by late 2020, becoming the third new station for the service also known as Brightline.

Other new stations are planned at Aventura and PortMiami. Brightline trains currently stop only at West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Virgin will pay for and operate the station, which will be built on a 1.8-acre site near Palmetto Park Road and Dixie Highway.

The city will fund most of the design and construction of the 455-vehicle parking garage adjacent to the station, but Virgin will be responsible for all operating expenses of the garage and the parties will split the profits.

Brightline Gets Extension for Bond Sale

June 2, 2018

Brightline has received U.S. Department of Transportation approval for a seven-month extension to issue more than $1 billion in tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Orlando expansion.

DOT had set a May 31 deadline, but Brightline sought the extension because it has been unable to find enough investors.

“We appreciate the leadership of the U.S. Department of Transportation in extending our private activity bond allocation,” Brightline President Patrick Goddard said in a statement. “This propels our project as we extend Brightline to Orlando, developing a transportation network that will benefit the entire state.”

Brightline now has until December 31, 2018 to sell the bonds.

In an unrelated development, Boca Raton has established a quiet zone for trains on the Florida East Coast route used by Brightline.

Similar quiet zones exist in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth where locomotive horns are not to be sounded except during emergencies.

Boca Raton officials have launched safety campaign to urge residents and motorists to obey the signs and gate-closures at grade crossings.

“You can’t outrun the train. Don’t try,” interim Mayor Scott Singer said. “That should be our mantra.”