TAMPA, Fla. — Brightline wants to put a train station in Ybor City, and that has one business seeing dollar signs.
What You Need To Know
- The company has not shared a specific location where it would build the station
- Brightline's train station in Ybor expected to be similar to one that's already been built in West Palm Beach.
- The city council will likely need to approve some parts of the Brightline deal
Austin Clark is the General Manager of the Bunker, a small cafe off of 7th Street in Ybor. It's less than a minute away from a trolley stop. Clark is thrilled about Brightline's effort to build a station near the Ybor trolley line.
"It’s exciting to see some expansion, connect us to the state in a little bit quicker way," Clark said.
The company has not shared a specific location where it would build the station.
"The mystery of it is the thing," Clark said. "But I think regardless, as long as it's near us, it's helping business no matter what."
Clark imagines Orlando visitors taking the Brightline train to check out Ybor and then coming into the Bunker for some coffee and a snack. Clark said they already see business increase when cruises dock nearby.
"People get off cruises and explore Ybor," Clark said.
Brightline's train station in Ybor is expected to be similar to the one that's already been built in West Palm Beach, with development built around it. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is hoping the same happens in Ybor City. She said Brightline is looking at potential sites to buy real estate for an Ybor City train station.
The city council will likely need to approve some parts of the Brightline deal. But if all goes as planned, the train could be stationed in Ybor in the next three to four years.
Clark plans to have the coffee waiting.