Brightline and Miami-Dade County break ground on new Aventura Station
MIAMI-DADE – On Sept. 3, Brightline and Miami-Dade County broke ground on the highly-anticipated Aventura Station on the Brightline rail. Miami-Dade County, Executive Vice President of Florida East Coast Industries Jose Gonzalez, and Jackie Soffer, President of Aventura Mall, spoke to mark the start of construction.
The station will be located adjacent to Aventura Mall on three acres at the 19800 block of West Dixie Highway and can be accessed from both West Dixie Highway and NE 26th Avenue. It includes the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the railroad right-of-way and Biscayne Boulevard, providing direct access to Aventura Mall and the Miami-Dade Transit Bus Terminal at the Mall.
Brightline will provide express service during the peak morning and evening weekday travel periods, as well as hourly trips when service begins. Miami-Dade County will offer subsidized fares for a percentage of riders between Aventura and MiamiCentral. Trip time between downtown Miami and Aventura is expected to take 15 minutes.
“I am thrilled to be breaking ground and beginning construction for the all-new Aventura station,” said County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Working together with Brightline, we’re bringing rail to an area that’s not currently serviced by any public transit rail line and connecting residents and visitors to more opportunities, more places, and more possibilities.”
“A long-time necessity for Northeast Miami-Dade County, the Brightline Commuter rail stop at Aventura will provide much needed relief to road congestion and easy mobility for commuters to downtown Miami,” said County Commissioner Sally Heyman, who has championed this project.
“This event kicks off Brightline’s South Florida expansion and represents the benefits of the public and private sectors working together,” said Jose Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Florida East Coast Industries.
The Aventura station is approximately 17,500 feet that includes an 860-foot platform located inside the Florida East Coast Railway and Brightline right-of-way. The platform will be connected to the station with a pedestrian bridge spanning West Dixie Highway. The site includes 240 parking spaces, a bus drop-off for Miami-Dade Transit passengers, and newly landscaped and hardscape areas.
This station is expected to be completed by Fall of 2021.