Melbourne leaders eye All Aboard Florida station sites

Company says no stations are currently planned for Brevard

The Brightline trains will have yellow locomotives and passenger cars in a rainbow of colors.   (Photo: All Aboard Florida/Brightline)
The Brightline trains will have yellow locomotives and passenger cars in a rainbow of colors. (Photo: All Aboard Florida/Brightline)

VIERA, Fla – City leaders hope the future Brightline express trains operated by All Aboard Florida will pick up and drop off passengers at a station located downtown, in South Melbourne or adjacent to Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

The Melbourne City Council on Tuesday unanimously targeted a trio of potential station sites for All Aboard Florida -- or a future commuter rail service.

All Aboard Florida is under no obligation to add a Brevard County train station, and no stations are planned today, warned Cindy Dittmer, community development director. Regardless, Melbourne, Cocoa, Rockledge and Palm Bay officials have identified nine possible locations, and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization will discuss these sites March 10 in Viera, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. 

Melbourne's proposed train station locations:

• Between Fee and Seminole avenues, three blocks north of City Hall. Florida Power & Light owns this 3.4-acre downtown parcel.

• Along Main Street, north of University Boulevard and south of Church Street. This narrow 3.2-acre strip property in South Melbourne includes Carol Williams Glanton Park, and the land is owned by the city and Florida East Coast Railway.

• Along Apollo Boulevard, near Baer Air. The city and Orlando Melbourne International Airport own this 4.3-acre strip.

"I think it's excellent when we provide anybody making selections more than one possibility. So having three alternatives is much better. I appreciate that," Councilwoman Molly Tasker said.

Potential Brevard station locations must be located on the west side of the railroad tracks. Other TPO criteria include potential ridership, nearby utilities, potential to add buildings taller than three stories next to the train station, and minimum size of 3 acres.

Cocoa and Rockledge officials teamed up to propose a train station location off Rosa L. Jones Drive, near Cocoa Village. Cocoa planners also submitted sites near Byrd Plaza, Clearlake Road, State Road 528 and Michigan Avenue.

Palm Bay's proposed train station site is immediately south of Robert J. Conlan Boulevard.

TPO staffers recommend Cocoa's Clearlake Road proposal as the top-ranked site, but internal review remains ongoing, Executive Director Bob Kamm said.

Vice Mayor Dan Porsi noted that the Main Street site is near Melbourne's original train station location.