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Breaking news, Virgin RR breaks ground for Orlando but Boca’s still trying

Boca’s Virgin Trains passengers will still have to trek to West Palm Beach when their Orlando service kicks in.

But as the company broke ground on 170 miles of new tracks Monday, Boca’s not giving up on a station stop here.

“I’m continuing to communicate” with the former Brightline company, Mayor Scott Singer said in an interview.

“We are in advanced discussions to establish additional stations in our south segment system between Miami and West Palm Beach that we expect will also increase ridership,” the company said in its ridership report April 30.

Brightline’s Orlando station rendering.

The former Brightline train service from Miami to West Palm Beach started in mid-January 2018. Rush hour trains were added this past January.

The new Virgin station will be built in the new South Terminal in Orlando International Airport. The project is underway, according to Virgin. The firm formally broke ground in Orlando in a ceremony with dignitaries.

They expect to use 225 million pounds of American Steel and 2 million spikes and bolts over the next 36 month, the company said.

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