Update: December 21, 2022
The Brightline Boca Raton Station Now Open
Service to and from the Brightline Boca Raton Station began on Wednesday, December 21. The new station and parking garage are located at 101 NW 4th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33423, adjacent to the Downtown Library and steps away from everything in Downtown Boca. The highly anticipated rail service connects visitors and commuters to all the City has to offer and residents to neighboring cities to enjoy.
Additional information about the station, tickets and parking can be found on GoBrightline.com.
City Council and staff joined representatives from Brightline, community partners and other dignitaries for the official ribbon cutting of the Brightline Boca Raton Station on Tuesday, December 20. Watch the video below to see some highlights from the big day!
Update: December 20, 2022
NW 1st Avenue Beautification Project Completed by City
As part of the Boca Brightline Station opening, the City enhanced NW 1st Avenue with a $3.9 million beautification project, which was completed within 12 months. Improvements include:
- New signalized intersection to improve traffic at NW 1st Ave. and NW 2nd St.
- Landscape and irrigation upgrades
- New shade trees, lighting, bike racks and benches
- Pedestrian enhancements including sidewalks and shared use paths ranging in width from 6' - 12'
- Shared travel lanes for bicyclists with the addition of bike boxes
- Utility relocations
Update: December 15, 2022
Boca Brightline to Start Service December 21, 2022
The highly anticipated launch of service for Brightline in Boca Raton is less than a week away! The first day of service for the Boca Raton station is December 21, 2022. One-way tickets are now on sale for as low as $10 and can be purchased on Brightline's app or website, gobrightline.com.
Brightline’s initial schedule for each new station is 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.
To commemorate the launch of the new station, representatives from Brightline in addition to City Council, staff and community partners, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 20, 2022.
For more detailed information, please check www.gobrightline.com.
Update: November 23, 2022
Brightline Garage & Station Wall Mural Approved
As we get closer to the opening of the Brightline station and garage, check out the proposed public art mural that was recently approved at the November 22 City Council meeting. The proposed mural will be installed on the north wall connecting the main entrances of the parking garage and the train station. The artist for the mural is Boca Raton-local, Ben Heller.
As explained by Heller during a presentation at the Council Meeting, the mural will incorporate local and historical imagery to provide a sense of place and pride to the community.
Boca Brightline Wall Mural - Exhibit A
Update: October 3, 2022
NW 1st Avenue Beautification Project
As construction on the Brightline Boca Raton station and parking garage continues, a beautification project is underway along NW 1st Avenue. The avenue - the new gateway to the Brightline station - is undergoing upgrades and improvements which will include new sidewalks, street lighting, benches, bike racks, landscaping, and more. NW 1st Avenue is closed during this beautification project, but scheduled to open by the end of the year.
View a video of the progress below.
Update: August 17, 2022
City Council and Staff Celebrate Brightline "Topping-Off" Ceremony
On Tuesday, August 16, Mayor Scott Singer, City Council members and community partners attended the "topping-off" ceremony for the Brightline Boca Raton station and parking garage located at 101 NW 4th Street. The ceremony signified a milestone event as the vertical and structural work has been completed and the focus now shifts toward completing the interiors.
The event was commemorated with a ceremonial signing of a beam on the train station platform by community partners, City Council and Brightline, Kaufman Lynn and City staff. Brightline is expected to launch passenger service in Boca Raton before the end of the year.
Update: July 21, 2022
Brightline Station and Garage Construction Continues
The Brightline Boca Raton station continues to make meaningful progress month over month. Crews have now completed the erection of the parking garage structure and continue to advance the station and platform. They have already completed the majority of the station platform pours and are on track to pour the remaining of the 860' foot platform within the next couple of weeks.
Update: May 23, 2022
Brightline Station and Garage Construction Update
Check out the latest photos of the progress being made on the Brightline Boca Raton station.
Update: March 30, 2022
Construction Continues at Boca Brightline Station
Progress continues to be made on the Brightline Boca Raton station and parking garage located on a 1.8-acre site across from Mizner Park and adjacent to the Downtown Library.
The contractor is advancing critical underground infrastructure pieces for the 4.5 story, 455-space parking garage as well as advancing the station’s platform foundations, which are located within the rail right of way. The foundation for the station will commence soon. This work is in preparation for the completion of the station and garage in the fall and launch of service.
Update: January 25, 2022
City Council and Staff Join Brightline, FRA and Community Partners at Ground Breaking Ceremony
On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, City Council, Brightline representatives, Federal Railroad Administration, community partners and City staff broke ground on the Boca Raton station with Kaufman Lynn Construction, Inc. as the construction manager for the garage and train station. Once completed, the station will be Brightline’s fifth operational in the state, connecting travelers in Boca Raton to Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and soon Orlando. Located on a 1.8-acre site across from Mizner Park and adjacent to the Downtown Library, Brightline’s Boca station, designed by Zyscovich Architects, will feature approximately 38,000 square feet of space which will include its signature autonomous MRKT and premium lounge among other station amenities. The station will offer a seamless travel experience through modern technology, including a cashless environment, touchless turnstiles and high-speed WiFi. Brightline's Boca station is expected to be complete in the fall of 2022.
Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer and City Council were joined at the groundbreaking by Brightline’s president, Patrick Goddard, Congressman Ted Deutch, Jorge Pesquera of Discover the Palm Beaches, in addition to community partners such as the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. The groundbreaking of Brightline’s Boca station follows the commencement of construction for the station's parking garage, announced in December of 2021.
In 2021, Brightline was awarded a $16.3 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) Grant from the FRA to fund a portion of the construction of the Brightline Train Station, parking garage and associated rail infrastructure. In addition to the CRISI grant, the City has provided a commitment of $9.9 million towards funding the parking garage. 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 station is expected to strengthen ties between Boca Raton and South and Central Florida. By connecting to the broader Brightline system, local employers will have access to a bigger employee pool and workers will gain access to an additional 89,000 office jobs within average commute times. This investment will continue to make Boca Raton one of the most desirable and vibrant places to live, work and visit. In addition to benefitting commuters and other local residents, Brightline will serve a broad leisure travel population, and will spur increased tourism to Boca Raton.
Update: December 21, 2021
Brightline Begins Construction of Boca Station and Garage
Brightline has commenced construction of the new Brightline/Downtown Library Parking Garage for its future Boca station. Brightline’s contractor, Kaufman Lynn, has started initial work on the site. This project, which is a partnership between Brightline, the City of Boca Raton, and the Federal Railroad Administration, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Upon completion, the 4.5 story, 455-space garage will include the necessary parking for Brightline’s Boca station as well as a separate entrance for library parking. Library visitors will have dedicated, covered, parking on the first floor, which will be complimentary. Brightline expects to sign the construction contract for the Boca station later this month with construction expected to commence in early 2022.
Fence around the future site of the Brightline / Downtown Library Parking Garage
Initial work commences at the site of the Brightline / Downtown Boca Parking Garage
New paved Downtown Library parking lot located at the corner of NW 2nd Ave and NW 4th St
Update: October 16, 2021
City Council Joins Junior League and Brightline to Unveil New Community Garden
The Junior League of Boca Raton, City of Boca Raton, and Brightline unveiled the new Community Garden located at Meadows Park (1300 NW 8th Street) with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The garden is approximately 1.4 acres and now contains approximately 100 plots for patrons to lease. The new space includes both permaculture and pollinator gardens, as well as space for fruit trees and pineapples, as a nod to Boca Raton’s agricultural past. Ten percent of all fruits and vegetables harvested by individual garden plots will be donated to Boca Helping Hands.
The JLBR has worked closely with Brightline and the City of Boca Raton to relocate the garden that was formerly located across from the downtown public library. The initiative is part of Brightline’s investment in the city in addition to a new train station and parking garage. The City of Boca Raton made the new garden possible by providing the land, and Brightline made a major contribution to help fund the construction at the new location.
The event included a children's book reading, remarks from Mayor Scott Singer, the Junior League, and Brightline, ribbon-cutting, and garden activities.
As part of the garden's reopening, the City also celebrated Boca Raton's 41st year as a "Tree City USA" with a tree giveaway for City residents. The 100 trees were native and fruiting trees.
For more information about the garden, visit the Junior League of Boca Raton webpage.
Update: August 27, 2021
City Council Approves Ordinance to Authorize Construction of Brightline Station and Garage
During the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 24, the Council approved Ordinance No. 5588 authorizing the construction of the Brightline train station and adjacent parking structure, with surface parking lot modifications and technical deviations to the site plan.
In addition, the City of Boca Raton received a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) which resulted in a reduction of the City’s costs for construction of the parking garage at the train station by approximately $1.5 million.
Construction of the Brightline train station is estimated to begin in the fall of 2021 with an estimated opening date in 2022. Brightline plans to resume its passenger service from Miami to West Palm Beach in early November 2021.
A temporary parking lot with 73 spaces at the southeast corner of NW 4th Street and NW 2nd Avenue is now complete and is expected to open this fall. The temporary lot will serve patrons and staff of the library while construction of the train station and parking garage is underway.
The newly relocated Community Garden at Meadows Park (1300 NW 8th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486) is substantially complete. Upon finalization of garden construction, those interested in leasing a plot can contact the Junior League at: [email protected].
Update: August 10, 2021
Brightline Resumes Service from Miami to West Palm Beach
On Tuesday, August 10, Brightline announced that it will resume service to passengers from Miami to West Palm Beach in early November 2021. Construction of the Brightline Boca Raton station is estimated to begin late summer/early fall this year with an estimated opening date in 2022.
Update: May 10, 2021
Boca Raton Breaks Ground on New Community Garden
On Monday, May 10, 2021, City Council and representatives from Brightline and the Junior League of Boca Raton, broke ground on the new community garden located at Meadows Park (1300 NW 8th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486). As part of the agreement to build the Brightline station on a 1.8-acre site near the City’s Downtown Library, Brightline made a major contribution to help fund the construction of the garden.
The garden is approximately 1.4 acres and will contain about 100 plots. Leasing of plots will open in July. Those who are interested in leasing a plot once garden construction is finalized can email [email protected]. Additional features of the community garden include a pergola, an enlarged composting area, and special fencing around the garden and trees to keep iguanas from climbing or digging into the area.
Temporary Parking Lot Update: In addition to the community garden, construction of the temporary parking lot has also begun. Located directly south of the Downtown Library, the lot will serve patrons and staff of the library while construction of the station and parking garage is underway. Construction of the lot and community garden is expected to be completed in August 2021.
Update: May 1, 2021
Brightline Signal Work Continues
Brightline signal work continues in Broward and Palm Beach Counties through railroad crossings in Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton. Work will begin at 7am, Sunday, May 2 and continue until 7pm, Friday, May 7. The work supports future positive train control (PTC) implementation and is expected to be completed by July 2021. Upcoming work schedules are provided weekly and are subject to change. Details for upcoming work is listed below.
NOTE: The following will occur during signal testing:
- Brightline trains will be present in the work zone (listed below) and could be present throughout the entire corridor from West Palm Beach to Miami.
- Horns will sound during the day and overnight, even in quiet zones. This includes all trains (Brightline and freight trains). This is in adherence to the federal regulation that states train horns must be sounded if workers are present or work is occurring in or near the right of way.
- Flaggers will be present at all railroad crossings in current work zones (listed below).
Drivers and pedestrians always remain alert and aware when near railroad tracks and only cross the tracks at a railroad crossing.
The following information is also available on the Brightline website. Questions can be directed to Katie Mitzner, Brightline Director of Public Affairs at [email protected] or 407-502-3587.
Update: September 24, 2020
Boca Raton Receives $16.4 Million for Brightline Train Station Project
The City of Boca Raton was recently awarded a $16,350,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant funds will be used for the construction of the Brightline Train Station and corresponding parking garage, which was approved to be built on the east side of Boca Raton’s Downtown Library.
As part of the grant agreement, the City will provide a local match not to exceed $9.9 million with an additional match to be funded by Brightline. The $46 million project, which is anticipated to open in mid-2022, will bring positive economic benefits and jobs during a critical time of Covid-19 recovery and reopening, as well as long term. The project is expected to create nearly 500 new construction jobs and nearly 40 permanent jobs in the City and will provide increased mobility to regional jobs as well.
“This major grant from the Federal Railroad Administration will improve mobility, connectivity, and safety, while reducing emissions," noted Mayor Scott Singer. “The public-private partnership we’ve created and developed with Brightline will advance the long-term future of our thriving, progressive city. Many residents and businesses see this opportunity as a game changer for Boca Raton."
Mayor Singer also expressed his thanks for USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao, Senator Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congressman Ted Deutch and Congresswoman Lois Frankel, all of whom were strong advocates of the grant.
Brightline will build the train station on a 1.8-acre site near Palmetto Park Road and Dixie Highway, as a rail-ready connection to the $4 billion, 170-mile intercity train system. The City will fund most of the of the design and construction of a 455-car parking garage for train guests and the public.
“This is an important milestone for the Boca Raton station, and we are thankful for our Florida elected officials who supported this effort,” said Patrick Goddard, President of Brightline. “Boca Raton is a key component of our future system, and this station will serve as a catalyst for economic growth by creating jobs and bringing new visitors and spending to the area.”
Update: February 25, 2020
City Staff Reviews Preliminary Plans for Boca Brightline Station
A meeting was held in mid-February with City staff to review preliminary plans for the Boca Brightline station. Comments on the preliminary plans and direction on the application process was provided to representatives of Brightline/Virgin Trains USA for their upcoming site plan application submittal. Once a formal application has been submitted and staff comments have been addressed, agenda packages for Planning and Zoning Board and City Council public hearings can be prepared.
Plans for a temporary parking lot are being permitted.
An agreement with the Junior League of Boca Raton for a community garden at Meadows Park will come before the City Council as a resolution in March 2020.
Update: December 11, 2019
City Council Approves Long-Term Lease with Brightline
Boca Raton City Council approved a long-term lease with Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains (VTUSA), with a unanimous 5-0 vote at the December 10 City Council Meeting. The lease agreement includes the construction of a train station and parking garage on a 1.8-acre site near the City’s Downtown Library. Boca Raton will be the third new station in the company’s south corridor, joining Aventura and PortMiami in connecting the privately-operated, intercity rail system. Current stations and stops include West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.
Brightline will begin building the train station, which it will fully fund and operate in 2020, as a rail-ready connection to the $5 billion, 170-mile intercity train system. It is scheduled to be completed by 2023. The City will fund most of the of the design and construction of a 455-car parking garage for train guests and the public. Brightline will be responsible for all the operating expenses of the garage and the parties will split the profits. Library visitors will have dedicated, covered, parking on the first floor, which will be complimentary.
For more information, please access the following -
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Update: November 14, 2019
Details of Brightline Long-Term Lease Discussed at City Council Meeting
A final public hearing on proposed long term lease is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
If you are interested in viewing the lease agreement and supporting documents, you can do so at JustFoia Public Documents Request #2019-6168.
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At a lengthy workshop and public discussion on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the details of a long term lease for City-Owned property were reviewed. Stakeholders had an opportunity to weigh in with concerns and expressions of support, and City staff, along with VTUSA representatives, committed to working closely to clarify lease details based on feedback from the City Council. A City Ordinance authorizes a long term lease, and Ordinance No. 5509, proposing a long-term lease between the City and Brightline/Virgin Trains (VTUSA), was introduced at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The long-term lease is for a train station and parking garage on the site of the current community garden and Downtown Library parking lot. The Planning & Zoning Board recommended approval of the Ordinance on November 21, 2019. A final public hearing will take place on December 10, 2019.
- Prior to the final hearing, City staff and VTUSA representatives will work closely to clarify details of the Lease Agreement and Exhibits, and prepare any further amendments based on workshop discussions.
- The Train Station will be funded 100% by VTUSA.
- The garage will have 455 spaces, 64 dedicated to the library, and 391 train station spaces which will be open to the public. The garage will have 4.5 levels.
- The City will fund most of the design and construction cost of the estimated $12 million garage.
- VTUSA will relocate the community garden at a cost not to exceed $300,000. The proposed new site may be the southeast area of Meadows Park.
- Formal site plans for the station and garage are subject to approval by the Planning and Zoning Board and the City Council.
- Additional land referenced in the lease includes the library parcel, generally located south of the proposed garage and the vacant lots between SW 3rd and 4th streets east of NW 2nd Avenue. (discussed as the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) land.) The City is not obligated to sell the parcels, but a first right of refusal is included for the term of the lease and the City agrees not to sell to anyone other than VTUSA until 12/31/2024.
- Construction of the station and the garage would begin no later than 2021 and would be completed by 2023.
VTUSA representatives answered questions and addressed concerns at the 11/12 workshop. Stakeholders, including neighbors, business owners, the Friends of the Library, Library Commons neighbors and the Junior League of Boca Raton expressed support, concerns and asked questions. Opportunities for additional public input will continue prior to December 10, 2019.
Questions and comments can be addressed to [email protected].
You can view the PowerPoint presentation here:
Update: September 25, 2019
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September, 24, 2019, Virgin Trains USA (VTUSA) representatives gave a second presentation on the proposed train station and parking garage on the site of the current community garden and downtown library parking lot. New details emerged as representatives presented a summary of plans and reviewed their discussions with stakeholders including neighbors, the Friends of the Library and the Junior League of Boca Raton. A summary of the negotiation points presented by VTUSA is as follows:
- Long term lease for the City owned land to be used for station and parking
- VTUSA funds and constructs the train station and rail infrastructure
- VTUSA will operate the train station and offer train service to and from Boca
- City agrees to fund the design and construction of the public parking garage ( 400 spaces, 181 dedicated to library)
- VTUSA will relocate displaced library parking at the ground level of the garage at no charge to library visitors
- VTUSA will relocate any portion of the Community Garden that is displaced as a result of the project (City will assist in finding new space)
- Grant of an option to VTUSA on the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) land; fair market value to be established through appraisal process
- City and VTUSA will make best efforts to fund the construction of the elevated pedestrian bridge
- VTUSA will make best efforts to work with FECR to open a Jeffrey St RRX crossing
Positive discussion with residents and council members ended with direction to City staff to continue negotiating with VTUSA as they incorporate community feedback into their concepts, designs and renderings for the project. You can watch the presentation on the City’s website.
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July 22, 2019
After Boca Raton expressed an interest in the possibility of having a Brightline (soon to be Virgin Trains USA-VTUSA) station in its downtown, VTUSA representatives confirmed that they would like to deliver train service to Boca Raton in the near future.
In a letter (Virgin letter PDF) to Mayor Scott Singer on July 19, Patrick Goddard, President of Virgin Trains USA Florida, LLC, indicated that Boca Raton is one of the cities that VTUSA has carefully studied, and that the company would like to work with the City to finalize an agreement that would deliver train service to Boca Raton.
As a first step, VTUSA laid out what it was willing to commit to the project and what is would like the City to provide.
- Fund the construction of a VTUSA train station
- Construct the VTUSA train station
- Fund the necessary rail infrastructure improvements
- Construct the necessary rail infrastructure improvements
- Manage the construction of the train station parking garage
- Purchase and supply the necessary rolling stock (trains)
- Operate the VTUSA train station and parking garage
- Offer regularly scheduled train service seven days a week
- Replace parking spaces for the library that are eliminated as a result of the train station
- Work with the City to relocate the library’s community garden and study the possibility of providing the City with community meeting space
In exchange for the above, VTUSA seeks the following from the City:
- Contribution of the land identified on the attached site plan (“the Site”) to VTUSA
- Fund the construction for the station parking garage
- Agree to fund and construct an elevated pedestrian bridge over Dixie Highway; exact location to be determined by both VTUSA and the City.
- Agreement from the City to provide shuttle service from the station to various locations within Boca Raton to improve connectivity.
- Agreement from the City to work with VTUSA to properly re-zone the site as necessary to accommodate VTUSA’s various uses. City will also provide expedited permit processing/review for the project.
VTUSA representatives followed up with a visit to the City Council workshop on July 22 to discuss their plans and determine the next steps. Council members and VTUSA representatives heard from residents on a variety of issues including support and excitement about a station, concerns about train horns, concerns about library parking and questions about where the community garden would be relocated.
In the coming months, City staff will be working through the details of land valuation and possible conveyance, development and zoning issues, funding obligations, expenses and challenges that the project will present. As information is gathered, there will be opportunity for additional workshops, public meetings and input. Comments, questions or suggestions? Email [email protected].
Video from City Council workshop on July 22 below.