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bobdreamz Sep 21, 2016 11:48 PM

VIDEO: Construction at Miami-Central Station
 
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eleven=11 Sep 22, 2016 2:24 PM

https://youtu.be/q958KwbVhkM

eleven=11 Sep 22, 2016 2:25 PM

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eleven=11 Sep 24, 2016 7:08 PM

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eleven=11 Sep 27, 2016 11:18 PM

http://www.thenextmiami.com/first-gl...vertown-photo/
wow 3miami looks almost done, needs more photos
also whats gonna be the retail supermarket???????

eleven=11 Sep 29, 2016 9:00 PM

http://mt1.miamitoday.netdna-cdn.com...ral-Aerial.jpg

bobdreamz Sep 30, 2016 5:41 AM

^ Amazing photo ! Thanks for posting it !

eleven=11 Oct 5, 2016 6:52 PM

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Originally Posted by bobdreamz (Post 7579019)
^ Amazing photo ! Thanks for posting it !

https://youtu.be/4vVZMsuoT4U
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yucko

eleven=11 Oct 12, 2016 9:06 PM

http://www.goldenduskphotography.com...l#show-archive

Hatman Oct 14, 2016 3:18 PM

I don't have anything more than a hunch, but I feel like this ought to be bad news:

Fortress Said to Explore Sale of Florida East Coast Railway

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...-coast-railway

As I imagined it, the Brightline service existed to make the land owned by Fortress become more valuable. In exchange, Fortress would keep Brightline out of financial trouble. Sort of the whole Hong Kong Metro/Japanese Private Railways model, where the railway itself doesn't need to make a profit, but the whole company (real estate+railway) does.

I guess that Brightline isn't necessarily included in any deal reached, but it does seem like a precarious time to be severing the railroad from the real estate portions of the business.

eleven=11 Oct 19, 2016 8:37 PM

http://miami.curbed.com/2016/10/19/1...te-trucks-this
this link is about downtown miami near the new train station
my question is anybody know of a web cam?????

eleven=11 Oct 19, 2016 8:58 PM

http://brickellcitycentreconnect.com/construction-cam/
good cam but wrong direction

Lakelander Oct 21, 2016 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Hatman (Post 7593374)
I don't have anything more than a hunch, but I feel like this ought to be bad news:

Fortress Said to Explore Sale of Florida East Coast Railway

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...-coast-railway

As I imagined it, the Brightline service existed to make the land owned by Fortress become more valuable. In exchange, Fortress would keep Brightline out of financial trouble. Sort of the whole Hong Kong Metro/Japanese Private Railways model, where the railway itself doesn't need to make a profit, but the whole company (real estate+railway) does.

I guess that Brightline isn't necessarily included in any deal reached, but it does seem like a precarious time to be severing the railroad from the real estate portions of the business.

^This is the explanation posted on a Jacksonville subforum:

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Wall Street handicappers are putting the odds that Norfolk Southern will be the lead candidate to bid for the FEC. Genesee and Wyoming and CSX are considered suitors, but because FEC has exclusive access to several container ports, many think CSX wouldnt get the approvals.
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Got an interesting message on this. This is completely unverified, so grain of salt in effect.

The sales of these large FECI assets is how they are going to "finance" the completion the AAF route from West Palm to Orlando.

Pay off the PIK's used to build the first segment. Raise cash to pay for the Orlando leg so no need to sell PAB's or get a RRIF deal from the FRA.

Selling off the freight hauling provides a faux firewall for the NIMBYs in Martin County who still think its a big freight expansion conspiracy. Fortress gets to keep the real jewel in the deal, Flagler Development who will go after the TOD and other commercial development along the entire service route. The other FECI arm, Parallel Infrastucture will stay seperate and continue to market wireless and fiber capacity on the route (and support connectivity in Brightline)

This was triggered by the ruling by the circuit court judge that he would proceed with the case because AAF couldnt identify any alternate financing.

If I was FECI, I would sell the railway to G&W with an excellent claw back clause after say 10 or 15 years, right about the time Brightline hits its stride and the NIMBY's have exhausted their conspiracy laden protests.

This would turn the FEC into a pure haulage and track maintenence operation. Interesting.


http://www.metrojacksonville.com/for...tml#quickreply

Brightline has already secured the rights to operate passenger rail service on this line, all the way to Jacksonville. Seems Fortress would get a ton of upfront cash, someone else would end up maintaining the rail infrastructure they have rights to operate on and they'd still own all the land around potential stations for TOD.

electricron Oct 21, 2016 1:48 PM

Exploring a potential sale and actually doing it are two entirely different concepts.
Although I'll agree that exploring a sale is the first step in the process of making a sale.

This all could be posturing what they could do to raise the money to implement phase 2 of Brightline using just private funding sources to the judge.

bobdreamz Oct 24, 2016 2:32 AM

Miami Central Station | October 2016 Construction Update
 
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Miami Central 3 Office building :

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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...01000055%20JAI
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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...01000075%20JAI
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MetroMover now gliding below the elevated tracks of BrightLine :

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...01000077%20JAI
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...01000077%20JAI

Here’s a look at progress on the Miami Central train station as construction chugs along.

BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI
aviglucci@miamiherald.com
OCTOBER 21, 2016 11:57 AM

Once there were parking lots. Now it’s a huge train station.

Or it will be by next summer, when MiamiCentral station — the southern hub for the new Brightline express train service to Orlando — opens for business smack in the middle of downtown. If you’ve been downtown lately, it’s that giant erector set of T-shaped concrete columns and elevated beams rapidly going up along four full city blocks just north of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

To judge from the architectural renderings, the station will be a train lover’s dream, Miami’s answer to Manhattan’s Grand Central, albeit in modern garb: Glowing escalators lead up into a soaring, skylit concourse and train platforms that are elevated 50 feet above the streets.

In downtown Miami, progress is dramatic. Crews sank 1,300 pilings into the ground to a depth of 100 feet to support the station, designed by architectural giant Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with Miami’s Zyscovich Architects.

Brightline is building a skybridge from the south end of the station directly into the Miami-Dade Government Center Metrorail and Metromover station, as well as tracks and a platform for Tri-Rail to bring its trains directly into downtown Miami for the first time (Tri-Rail and other local government agencies will cover the roughly $70 million cost of the station addition). The station’s north end, meanwhile, abuts the Metrorail Overtown station and a Metromover station.

“Think about it,” Reininger said. “This four-block area will serve the three biggest market hubs in the region with integrated mass transit on four rail systems. It’s amazing. There aren’t a lot of cities in that club.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/loca...#storylink=cpy

bobdreamz Oct 27, 2016 12:03 PM

Brightline /All Aboard Florida could be in court in six weeks
 
All Aboard Florida could be in court in six weeks.
Written by Catherine Lackner on October 25, 2016

Within six weeks, a lawsuit filed by Martin and Indian River counties along with some individual residents to block the leg of the future All Aboard Florida train service planned between West Palm Beach and Orlando will probably be before a judge.

The plaintiffs on Friday filed for summary judgment against the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), All Aboard Florida and the Department of Justice “in an effort to begin to finally complete this lawsuit,” said Stephen Ryan, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which represents Martin County.

In August, a ruling by US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper cleared the way for the two counties and the residents to sue. They objected to the USDOT’s award of $1.75 billion in private activity bonds for the passenger train project, saying All Aboard Florida hadn’t obtained the required environmental clearances.

The actions will be “the first lawsuits ever to challenge a private activity bond allocation from the US Department of Transportation,” said a story by Shelly Sigo in the Aug. 17 issue of The Bond Buyer.

The crux of the counties’ case is that USDOT’s December 2014 allocation of private activities bonds – which generally are issued for projects that have some public benefit – “should have been considered as part of federal agency reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act,” The Bond Buyer story said. The attorneys for the counties also questioned whether any other financing was contemplated, and have alleged that the project couldn’t be completed without the bonds.

The Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program, an alternate federal plan, requires the environmental review, but the issuance of private activities bonds does not.

The two counties, along with an anti-train group called CARE FL, also said the 32 planned high-speed trains daily would cause harm to public services and archaeological sites.

All Aboard Florida plans to begin train service from Miami to West Palm Beach next summer and is building three stations along the route, including a large depot complex in downtown Miami. If all goes as planned, the service would be extended to Orlando later in the year.

Both counties are considering their next steps, said the story in The Bond Buyer, though Dylan Reingold, attorney for Indian River County, said Judge Cooper’s ruling was a “really significant victory.”

“Martin County is very pleased with the decision and believes that the public will have more information as a result of the court action than they’ve ever had before about the project,” Mr. Ryan said in August. Citing the litigation, a spokesperson for All Aboard Florida has declined to comment.

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2016/1...urt-six-weeks/

eleven=11 Oct 29, 2016 5:48 AM

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/br...028-story.html
new station at Ft Laud airport
good video

eleven=11 Oct 31, 2016 2:55 AM

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Originally Posted by eleven=11 (Post 7606804)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/br...028-story.html
new station at Ft Laud airport
good video

new station is shared with TRirail?
http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/Home/S...85235762100000

N830MH Oct 31, 2016 4:19 AM

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Originally Posted by eleven=11 (Post 7607866)
new station is shared with TRirail?
http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/Home/S...85235762100000

Yes, it is. It will be at new Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport station. They will have to share Tri-Rail, Brightline, and Wave Streetcar light-rail, as well.

They will relocate the trains tracks, and they will built new platform, pedestrian bridge, as well as people mover. It will happens. This is for Tri-Rail from downtown Miami to Jupiter. When they will be approved from Broward County Commission. How, when or what?

bobdreamz Nov 3, 2016 4:50 AM

W. Palm Beach Station | Construction Update November 2016
 
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Link : http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/n...e-3-1b.html#g1


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