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Virgin Trains is proposing a major expansion of the commuter rail service, funded mostly by Miami-Dade County. Reporte The Real Deal.

Virgin Trains USA is seeking $350 million from the county to build up to five train platforms between downtown Miami and Aventura, as well as related infrastructure that would be required, according to a county memo. The proposed stations would be in Wynwood/Midtown, the Miami Design District, Upper Eastside/El Portal, North Miami and Florida International University/Biscayne Boulevard corridor.

A resolution on the June 2 agenda for the Miami-Dade County Commission shows the county is in talks with Virgin Trains to extend the commuter rail service in the northeast corridor of Miami-Dade County, as first reported by the Miami Herald. Virgin Trains would design and build the platforms, determine whether it needs to acquire or lease land for parking, determine the design and build of a maintenance facility, and maintain the stations.

Brightline has spurred major office, retail and residential development near its stations, but has struggled with ridership. The rail service is planning to expand to Orlando, as well as make additional stops in Aventura and Boca Raton. In March, the company said that the suspension of service has not affected construction of its planned Orlando rail line.

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