Miami’s Commuter Rail Plan with Brightline Approved by County

Miami’s Commuter Rail Plan with Brightline Approved by County

Apr 13, 2021 April 13, 2021

Transportation in the Magic City has certainly improved in recent years, transforming the lives of South Florida residents with constantly expanding commuter options such as the Brightline rail system. In keeping with the increase in rail services and improvements in public transportation options for the local community, the Governing Board of Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization voted to approve the $345 million commuter rail option planned for the Northeast Corridor of Miami-Dade County.  The commuter trains will run on the Brightline train tracks as part of the Strategic Miami Area Rail Transit, known as the SMART Plan. 

Before the pandemic slowed down some of this progress, Brightline was providing intercity rail service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Per recent Board approval, the new commuter rail trains will now run between the MiamiCentral intercity station in Downtown Miami, making seven stops along its route to its final destination in Aventura. That stop, which Miami-Dade Commissioners agreed to pay Brightline $76 million to build, will soon become another intercity station, linking it to other areas in Broward and eventually Palm Beach County. Construction on the stop began in September of last year, and is expected to be finished later this year. 

If all goes according to schedule, construction of what will be called the Miami Northeast Corridor line will be done in 2024, according to the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW).

The current plan includes seven future key stops at Brightline stations:

  • MiamiCentral in Downtown Miami
  • Wynwood at 27th Street
  • Design District at 40th Street
  • El Portal at 79th Street
  • North Miami at 123rd Street
  • FIU at Biscayne and 151st Street
  • Aventura at 196th Street

The project’s $345 million budget will cover such costs as improvements to rail infrastructure, as well as to individual stations. It will also improve Park-and-Ride facilities and services, as well as a maintenance facility for the entire system, which is estimated to cost about $16 million yearly to maintain. There will also be a fee to access the tracks belonging to the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) that is also included in this budget. 

About 50% of the project’s funding is expected to come from the Federal Government, while Miami-Dade County plans to use private sector funding for an additional 25% from an allocation provided by the People’s Transportation Plan Smart Plan, as well as other funds.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is expected to kick in the remaining 25%. 

The SMART Plan currently covers the following six corridors:

  • The Beach Corridor running between the Omni Station in Downtown Miami and 5th Street in South Beach
  • The Northeast Corridor from Downtown Miami to Aventura
  • The North Corridor set to run along NW 27th Avenue to the Broward County Line
  • The East-West Corridor from Downtown Miami to the Park-and-Ride facility at Tamiami Park bordering the Everglades
  • The South Corridor stretching 20 miles from Dadeland to Florida City
  • The Kendall Corridor connecting Dadeland to Krome Avenue in Homestead

All of these now have a selected preferred mode plan except for the Kendall Corridor.

Brightline Trains in Broward County and North

Meanwhile, Brightline has been making plans with Broward County to extend its coastal link service in Broward, with the hopes of sealing the deal this year. This link would increase service to an additional 8 stations in Broward County, including:

  • Hallandale Beach
  • Downtown Hollywood
  • Dania Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport
  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale 
  • Wilton Manors
  • Oakland Park
  • Downtown Pompano Beach

Broward County Segment

Of these, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Station is currently in use as part of Brightline’s intercity service. 

In addition to the extension of the railway commuter service to Broward County, the company has also begun plans to further extend its commuter service to Palm Beach County as well. 

Given the successful progress of Brightline’s efforts to expand commuter options for residents of South Florida, we can look forward to faster and more comfortable commutes once the majority of our workforce returns to business as usual. This will also mean less traffic congestion, which will also lead to improved air quality, and yes, way less road rage – benefits that we are certain will lead to a reduction of stress in our collective lifestyles. 

Overall, the news regarding increased transportation options in Miami-Dade just keeps getting better and better. As we see it, this expansion in commuter options is a win-win for everybody involved, including South Florida commuters, private businesses, corporate entities, and families who will get to spend more time together as commutes are shortened and simplified by the rail system.

We’re thrilled to see Miami-Dade expanding its public transportation options for local residents! Subscribe and stay tuned for more Miami and South Florida infrastructure, Brightline and public transportation updates! 

Contact Us
Sep Niakan
Broker / Team Lead
(305) 697-7667
Request Info
By sending you agree to CondoBlackBook's Terms of Use

Your Miami Condo Awaits

Recent Posts

August 2021 Miami Events: Summer Fun with Miami Spice, Rum, Music, Ballet, and More
Lifestyle August 2021 Miami Events: Summer Fun with Miami Spice, Rum, Music, Ballet, and More
It’s back to school next month, so August is all about squeezing in every ounce of summer fun you can. With Miami Spice and Spa months overlapping, you can indulge all your senses this month. There are also two vibrant African dance festivals you can choose from and a rum festival to put you in high spirits. The longest-running ballet festival is back in town. Children will enjoy getting their fill of summer camp at the Bass and Frost Museums. Plus, the Deering Estate, Fairchild Gardens, and Adrienne Arsht Center are all back with your top favorites plus new events. Read on for the complete digest on the Best Things to Do in Miami this August: Things to Do in Miami - August Events at a Glance August 2021: Miami In-person Events Miami Spice Month: Throughout August & September Miami Spa Months: Throughout August International Ballet Festival of Miami: Now Through August 18 African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida: August 6-8 National Rum Day Festival: August...
Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Luxury Condo Market Report - Q2 2021
Real Estate News Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Luxury Condo Market Report - Q2 2021
View the most up-to-date market reports. Take me there now! Carrying over momentum from Q1 2021, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove again reported record-high sales with record-low inventory in our Blackbook Properties Luxury Condo Real Estate Market Report for Q2 2021. As with all of the Miami market in general, sales, prices and demand is being driven by heightened buyer interest from domestic as well as foreign buyers, relaxed travel policies, and the recent establishment of Miami as a major tech and VC hub. These factors continue to fuel record numbers into the second quarter, which is historically known to be the best-performing quarter of the year. In addition to prices increasing in response to this surge in demand, inventory has substantially dropped, transitioning Miami and this sub-market from its long-standing buyer-friendly position into a seller's market. In fact, the dynamic market of Coral Gables & Coconut Grove was one of the first Miami neighborhoods to post signs...
Miami Baywalk and Riverwalk Design Approved - Marks Long-Awaited Progress
Real Estate News Miami Baywalk and Riverwalk Design Approved - Marks Long-Awaited Progress
The Miami City Commission has approved the design guidelines for the Miami Baywalk and Riverwalk, a four-mile, waterfront promenade project in Downtown Miami that has been in development for over 40 years. Extending from the northern Coconut Grove/southern Brickell area north through Downtown Miami and up to Edgewater, the Miami Baywalk and Riverwalk will provide Miami residents and visitors the chance to experience the city and it’s waterfront areas like never before, including via water taxis.  Marking the culmination of a concerted six-year effort, the approved design measures and elements will allow the project areas to move forward by visually unifying the two waterfront promenade areas with a palette of design features, and develop a brand identity for Miami Baywalk. Finally, the Miami Baywalk will create a marquee attraction and destination for both residents and visitors to Miami, much like other major waterfront promenades in cities like Barcelona, Sydney, Chicago, Boston,...
Get To Know Edgewater - One of the Best Neighborhoods in Miami to Live
Real Estate News Get To Know Edgewater - One of the Best Neighborhoods in Miami to Live
Thinking of moving to Miami, and want to know more about Miami's Edgewater neighborhood? Blackbook Properties Founder Sep Niakan has lived in this bayfront neighborhood for more than 15 years and has the insider insight you’ll want to hear. Where is Edgewater, Miami? Centrally located and unbothered by tourism, Edgewater is primarily a quiet, residential and waterfront neighborhood nestled on the shores of Biscayne Bay and the 8-acre Margaret Pace Park. Located to the east of Biscayne Boulevard and just far enough away from Downtown Miami to enjoy its own identity, Edgewater is one of Miami’s most well-kept secrets for those who favor a serene, residential lifestyle that still provides access to all of the eclectic offerings that make Miami exciting. Edgewater is a great location for those who want to forego driving since it’s easy to walk or ride a bike from Edgewater to many of Miami’s most desirable areas. The Downtown Arts District, including the Perez Art Museum, Frost Museum of...
Greater Downtown Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2021 - Brickell Leads Miami Growth
Real Estate News Greater Downtown Miami Luxury Condo Market Report Q2 2021 - Brickell Leads Miami Growth
View the most up-to-date market reports. Take me there now! The explosive sales trend for Miami condo sales seen during the first quarter of 2021 has only grown in the second quarter of the year. Our Q2 2021 luxury condo market report for Greater Downtown Miami highlights unprecedented triple-digit growth over the previous quarter, and two sub-markets in this grouping reported incredible four-digit growth, while all three neighborhoods - Downtown Miami, Edgewater, and Brickell - all posted record-high sales. In Q2, Brickell leads Miami's growth story, reporting the highest percentage increase in year-over-year sales of all neighborhoods under review in our Q2 2021 Overall Miami Condo Sales report. And, even though all 3 sub-markets report the highest levels of inventory in all of Miami and Miami Beach, they are at a record-low in the 5 years of our reporting. The overall Miami market has already transitioned into a seller's market, and only this Greater Downtown Miami grouping is...
Miami Overall Luxury Condo Report - Q2 2021
Market Reports Miami Overall Luxury Condo Report - Q2 2021
View the most up-to-date market reports. Take me there now! The second quarter of 2021 marks the third consecutive quarter of booming sales for Miami's luxury condo market. Powered by businesses and people continuing to move to South Florida (first sparked by Icahn Enterprises in 2020), luxury condo sales in Miami have shown unprecedented growth. There have been more sales in the first half of 2021 than in all of 2020 or 2019 (1229 sales versus 715 and 718 sales, respectively). Backed by exceptional momentum - to the tune of a record-breaking 754 sales in this last quarter - the luxury condo market has officially made it out of its long-standing buyer-friendly position. Miami's luxury condo market has now corrected to a seller's market, with inventory at 9 months, its lowest-ever in over 6 years of our reporting.With so much demand, and sellers regaining control, prices are also steadily increasing.  Looking at specific neighborhoods, Fisher Island holds as the most expensive...