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Boca Raton votes to approve ordinance for Brightline train station, parking garage

Plans date to December 2019
In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, a Brightline train sits at the station in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Posted at 8:25 PM, Aug 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-24 23:52:15-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The city of Boca Raton voted to approve an ordinance for both the Brightline train station and the parking structure on Northwest Second Avenue.

The plans go back to Decemeber 2019.

Tuesday night's vote was 5-0. It was mentioned in the meeting that grant money will reduce the city's cost by more than a million dollars.

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Brightline, which currently has stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, has not operated train service since the end of March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Construction on a new route to Orlando has continued during the pandemic, but Brightline officials said earlier this year that trains to Central Florida might not be ready until 2023.

Brightline is scheduled to resume service in November.