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Feds Approve Tri-Rail To MiamiCentral, Service Will Begin By The End Of 2017

Tri-Rail service will be coming to downtown Miami by the end of this year.

The new service is on track to begin by the end of 2017 now that federal officials have signed off on the plan, according to a press release from Tri-Rail.

Of 50 daily trains that now run from Palm Beach County, 26 will terminate at MiamiCentral. The remaining 24 trains will continue to Miami Airport as they currently do.

Day one ridership for the new route to MiamiCentral is estimated at 2,000 passengers, according to the Tri-Rail website.

All Aboard Florida is preparing to begin separate express Brightline service from MiamiCentral to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach later this year. Plans for a Tri-Rail Coastal Link along the same tracks with local service from Miami to Jupiter are also in the works.

 

FTA APPROVES PROPOSED OPERATIONS CHANGE ON SOUTH FLORIDA RAIL CORRIDOR

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has approved the South Florida Regional Transit Authority’s (SFRTA) revenue operations changes to begin serving downtown Miami through the Miami Central Station. The SFRTA has designed a service plan that will allow Tri-Rail to provide a one seat ride into downtown while also maintaining current service to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC).

The SFRTA is planning to initiate revenue operations for Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link (TRDML) by the end of 2017. The plan minimizes changes to our existing service and for our current customers. Most customers not traveling to either the MIC or Hialeah Market Station will see no changes beyond the new options to travel directly to downtown.

“The SFRTA is extremely grateful to the FTA for its continued support of our efforts to enhance and expand the Tri-Rail system. By approving our TRDML, our ability to better serve our customers will be significantly increased. The approval will subsequently enable us to run passenger service along the FEC tracks, allowing us to reach key urban population areas and employment centers along the east coast,” said Jack Stephens, SFRTA Executive Director.

The key change for current riders is that about half of the trains will divert to the Miami Central Station, requiring passengers traveling to the MIC to disembark at the 79th Street Metrorail Transfer Station and catch a “shuttle train” to take them to continue their journey south. Passengers traveling north from the MIC on a shuttle train will have to transfer at the Metrorail Transfer Station to a train coming out of the Miami Central Station to continue their journey north.

Fifty trains will continue to operate on weekdays between the Mangonia Park and Metrorail Transfer stations. Of those, 24 trains will operate the full length of the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC). The balance of 26 rains will operate directly into the new Miami Central Station.

An FTA review of the plan was necessary to ensure that it complied with the terms of the SFRTA’s Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), which was awarded in 2000 to allow the Agency to complete the double tracking of the SFRC. The FTA determined that the service extension requested into downtown Miami is consistent with the project scope found in the FFGA.

 

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Marc305
Marc305

I for one welcome this news. I have friends who live within blocks of the Hillsborough Tri-Rail Station and I will be very happy to take the train instead of driving up there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The local and the express. Love it!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Huge opportunity to make costal link stops.

Oscar
Oscar

Any word on when they plan to go up the FEC corridor to serve downtown Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach?

Marc
Marc

Coastal Link line needs to happen ASAP. If problems in Downtown Fort Lauderdale are the issue, the line should at least begin operation from Miami Central to FLL

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yup, there needs to be a stop for Midtown/Edgewater/Wynwood/Design District–all connected with just a single station–along with Upper East Side and Aventura ASAP.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Additional stations along the FEC will most likely be in Dade-County first. The picture gets a little murkier in Broward and Palm Beach for a number of different financial and logistical reasons (new river bridge in FTL being the primary one).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are they going to add additional stops between the Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer station and the Downtown Miami Station? The tracks run all pass through Midtown/Design District, The Upper East Side/MiMo District/Little Haiti, and Gladeview.

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s the plan. If you’ve heard about the Miami Smart Plan and looked at the 6 corridors – “the NE corridor” is slated to be the Miami portion of Tri-Rail Coastal Link. The county is currently looking at funding sources and agreements between many parties to allow Tri-Rail trains to serve potentially 5 additional stations between MiamiCentral and Aventura.

bitg
bitg

still trying to figure out how tri-rail train is going to reach the downtown station from the tri-rail/metrorail transfer station

John P
John P

Construction on a switch between the CSX and FEC lines is in the works at Iris Interlocking just south of NW 79 St.

Anonymous
Anonymous

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Here’s the route simulation. A spur connecting the FEC and CSX tracks just South of Metrorail Transfer Station will be installed soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=tlS8IsPuC9c

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is this along biscayne to downtown?

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