Brightline is the only privately owned, operated, and maintained project of its kind being developed in the United States today. The project’s 235-mile network of rail lines connects South Florida to Central Florida by operating on the existing Florida East Coast (FEC) corridor and creating new tracks to Orlando. The unprecedented infrastructure project provides a vital new service for Florida residents, business people, and visitors, and eliminates more than three million car trips from the region’s roadways each year.

Three stations planned and designed by SOM—located in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach—are key portals within the rail system. Envisioned not only as gateways to their respective cities, but also as iconic destinations, the terminals are filled with spaces to shop, eat, and meet. A common material palette, design aesthetic, and planning strategy unite the three facilities.

In downtown Miami, SOM responded to a challenging and dense site by elevating the railways 50 feet in the air. Retail spaces are vertically layered beneath the soaring tracks, and ample use of glass gives the station a shimmering, lightweight quality. This innovative solution allows thru-streets to remain open to traffic and for valuable streetfront real estate to remain leasable. Moreover, this bold architectural gesture creates a landmark terminal—a symbol of a 21st-century Miami.

The Fort Lauderdale station features a sequence of stacked glass boxes that spans across NW 2nd Street in the city’s downtown. Supported by concrete V-braces, the station rises above surrounding buildings, serving as a powerful urban focal point. The plan for the station itself is open and intuitive. Arriving passengers enter a glazed ticketing lobby at grade level, ascend an escalator to a bridge over NW 2nd Street, and enter a departures lounge. The use of glass throughout this sequence of spaces provides a constant visual connection to the city as well as approaching trains. Viewed from a distance, the station’s stacked, dynamic form evokes a feeling of movement.

The West Palm Beach station is located in the heart of the city’s downtown. Great care has been taken to link the new facility to existing vehicular, trolley, and pedestrian networks and establish links to the Tri-Rail and Amtrak West Palm Beach Station. Prominently sited at a nexus of urban activity, the station serves as a landmark for the community and an infrastructural catalyst for continued reinvestment in the neighborhood. Composed of stacked concrete and glass volumes supported by concrete V-braces, the elevated passenger concourse echoes the materiality and overall geometry of both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale facilities.