Brightline explores possible station sites in 4 Treasure Coast cities

Brightline's vice president of government affairs asked city managers in Fort Pierce, Sebastian, Stuart and Vero Beach to identify possible stops for the train service

Sep.September 01, 2018 09:00 AM

Brightline train crosses the Hillsboro Canal near Deerfield Beach (Credit: David Patch / Toledo Blade)

The Brightline passenger train service in South Florida may establish one or more stations in the Treasure Coast region.

Russell Roberts, vice president of government affairs at Brightline, told the Palm Beach Post that the train service is working with city managers in four cities – Fort Pierce, Sebastian, Stuart and Vero Beach –  to identify possible station locations.

Brightline is “now exploring the feasibility of a Treasure Coast station or stations,” Roberts wrote in a letter to Michael Busha, who heads the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

Roberts told the Post that Brightline wants municipal governments in the four cities to suggest station locations within 60 days.

Any additional station locations would have to be suitable for construction of a platform at least 1,000 feet long next to the Florida East Coast railroad tracks.

Martin County and Indian River County have opposed Brightline’s plan to extend its service to Orlando. The counties filed a lawsuit to prevent the issuance of federal tax-exempt bonds to finance Brightline’s planned expansion.

But All Aboard Florida, the company behind Brightline, just won approval of $1.75 billion in bond financing for phase two of the passenger train service’s development: expansion from South Florida to Orlando.

The Florida Development Finance Corp. on Wednesday approved $1.15 billion of federal tax-exempt bonds for the phase-two expansion and a refinancing of $600 million of bonds issued for phase one. Service started this year in South Florida.

Brightline officials also are trying to establish service between Orlando and Tampa. [Palm Beach Post]Mike Seemuth

Related Articles

Brightline president Patrick Goddard and Park-Line Miami (Credit: iStock)

Brightline launches leasing of apartment towers at MiamiCentral

Daily Digest Miami

Gil Dezer, Related complete Residences by Armani/Casa, hedge funder, wife drop $105M for Palm Beach estate

(Credit: Redwood Media Group)

Developers and brokerages are getting creative for Art Basel

ADF lawyer Stuart Sobel and Virgin MiamiCentral

Virgin MiamiCentral station developer and builder to pay $10.5M settlement

Daily Digest Miami

Forever 21’s Lincoln Road store among planned closures, downtown Miami office building hits the market: Daily digest

2 MiamiCentral and 3 MiamiCentral

Defunct Facchina sues to collect $4.3M for MiamiCentral office building work

Richard Branson (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Here’s where Virgin Trains is proposing a mixed-use station in Boca Raton

The Vue at Brickell building and Gaston Tomaghelli

Feds freeze Miami condos tied to Argentinian drug trafficking and money laundering scheme