Miami Central Station – Intermodal Center | Metrorail Airportlink – Orange Line | Under Construction


  1. sandman

    January 29, 2012 at 5:23 am

    On Friday an El Nuevo Herald reporter and a photographer rode on a test train without passengers from the new Metrorail station at the airport to a point close to the Earlington Heights station, where the new line begins near the intersection of 112 expressway and 22nd Avenue North. It was the first visit of a press organization to the new route, which will be known as Orange Line.

    Miami-Dade Transit officials said that they are looking at two options to operate the new line: a train running from the Dadeland South station in South Miami-Dade, or a shorter service from Earlington Heights.

  2. yellows2k

    February 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That would be ridiculous. What are they thinking?

  3. langbro

    February 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Per the latest report, construction will be complete on April 30th as originally scheduled and be open for revenue service at the end of June.

  4. sandman

    February 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    OK, so opening June 30th was probably the plan from the start.

  5. langbro

    February 15, 2012 at 6:08 am

    sodermalm, post: 153, member: 1 wrote: OK, so opening June 30th was probably the plan from the start.

    Yes. It was confirmed this week that construction is running as original scheduled.

    Major construction was always supposed to end about the end of April.

    When construction is complete, it needs to run for a few months (May-June) for testing while not yet in revenue service. This was always the plan.

    It probably will not open exactly June 30 though – testing schedule is not exact.

  6. yellows2k

    February 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

    … and here is confirmation:

    Posted on Sun, Feb. 19, 2012
    Metrorail to run direct line to airport from Dadeland

    By Alfonso Chardy

    Miami-Dade Transit has decided to operate a new Metrorail line directly to Miami International Airport from the Dadeland South Station when the extension to MIA opens in the summer, transit officials announced.
    Originally, county transit officials had also considered running only a shuttle-like service between MIA and the Earlington Heights Station, which would have required airport passengers to switch trains..

    The decision to run a direct train, without transfer, came only hours after members of the Miami Downtown Development Authority voted unanimously Friday to urge Miami-Dade Transit to run the direct service.

    Neisen Kasdin, the authority’s vice chairman, said a service that required a transfer might have deterred many from using the new line.

    “People like me, and the tens of thousands of new residents downtown, will choose to use Metrorail to go to the airport for short trips rather than take their cars,” said Kasdin. “But if you make that trip longer or more difficult . .  then I am probably not going to use Metrorail.”

    Ysela Llort, the county transit director, said in a statement after the authority’s vote that the decision to run a no-transfer route was made to better serve not only downtown but also the urban and commercial centers to the south.

    “We looked at different alternatives, but at the end of the day, what is most important is to be able to provide a direct connection via Metrorail between the airport and downtown Miami, as well as commerce centers like those in South Miami and Kendall,” said Llort. “Transportation is all about connecting key destinations.”

    Passengers traveling from stations north of Earlington Heights on the existing Metrorail line will need to transfer at Earlington Heights if they want to reach MIA.

    Transit officials said more than 70 percent of Metrorail’s riders come from stations south of the Earlington Heights Station.

  7. langbro

    February 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    For those questioning the veracity of the construction schedule, that is directly from the head of MDT.

    Also discussed was the possibility of using college students to help with planning on the orange line.

    Lastly, an interview today with the owner of the most expensive gas station in Miami, the Chevron across from the airport which is now charging $4.99 for premium gas:

  8. sandman

    February 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Also the trains that are at the airport station now have signs that say “Airportlink testing” on the sides.

  9. bigswinging

    February 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    metrorail cars at miami airport station

  10. sandman

    March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    In an interview, the head of MDT said that the project is 97% complete, but that they are now working on the electronics which is the most complex part.

    verbatim quote:
    “We’re hopeful that we’re going to get that service open in the summer”

    Also, work will begin on March 15th to complete the cargo viaduct to the airport, which is already half complete (bridge to nowhere). The project will take 3.5 years.

  11. sandman

    April 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Latest construction photos of Miami Central Station:

    Construction is now 1/3 complete and many elements will be going vertical in the next few weeks.

    Completion remains on schedule for Fall 2013

  12. Afi K. James

    April 21, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Miami Central Station is on the move.

  13. langbro

    April 22, 2012 at 12:56 am

    The county is working to purchase 136 new metrorail cars for $375 million. The contract should come before the county commission in the coming months.

    Also, 2/3 of the new metromover cars are now in place. The remaining replacements are currently being tested and will be in use shortly.

  14. sandman

    April 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    bigswinging, post: 651, member: 5 wrote:

    Published on Apr 19, 2012 by MiamiDadeTV

    The AirportLink project is on track! Scheduled to open in the summer of 2012, the 2.4 mile elevated Metrorail extension will provide a fast, reliable Metrorail connection to Miami International Airport for the millions of residents and visitors who travel to and from MIA every year. With this project, Miami-Dade County joins the ranks of other major cities with rapid transit connections to their airports.

    It is very nice to see this project coming in on time and on budget.

    langbro, post: 655, member: 2 wrote: The county is working to purchase 136 new metrorail cars for $375 million. The contract should come before the county commission in the coming months.

    Also, 2/3 of the new metromover cars are now in place. The remaining replacements are currently being tested and will be in use shortly.

    Great news.

  15. bigswinging

    April 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Channel 10 will be airing an exclusive video tour of the new Metrorail Airportlink tonight… will try to post it later. Here is the article for now. And yes Miami High Rise, it does say opening by the end of summer.

  16. sandman

    May 1, 2012 at 12:11 am

    The video is now up… looks cool.

    county officials believe the link to the airport will jumpstart ridership by about 7,000 or 8,000 people per day.

    Wishful thinking? There are currently about 110,000 passengers per day on average at MIA. Not sure how many employees work at the terminal.

  17. langbro

    May 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Latest Metrorail Airportlink/ Orange Line status report:

    Project remains within budget.

    HOWEVER, the schedule has been extended approximately 40 working days due primarily to unforeseen conditions such as CSX flagging scheduling issues, treatment of contaminated water for the dewatering of foundations, and system integration between existing and new equipment.

    MDT will require four weeks of operator training and safety certification prior to opening the system to the public.

  18. sandman

    May 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Set your calendars:

    The Metrorail Airportlink – Orange Line is now set to open to the public on Sunday, July 22 2012 (unofficially).

    Dade county has updated the transit and airport websites as well as new bus routes to reflect this:

    At the same time, all buses (except for the temporary tri-rail shuttle) will cease to serve the airport terminal, and will go to the MIC instead.

  19. Sean

    May 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    So, why doesn’t it directly say the Orange Line is opening on the 22nd? It just says buses will be diverted there on the 22nd.

  20. sandman

    May 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Sean, welcome and congrats on your new gig at Curbed, thanks for the link to the Seville thread the other day.

    The MIA website was updated yesterday to show a July 22 opening:

    However, there has not been any official announcement yet.

  21. Sean

    May 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for the welcome.

  22. langbro

    May 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    It is now on the front page of the airport website:

    and on curbed:

  23. yellows2k

    June 4, 2012 at 1:53 am

    not sure where this goes?

    After moving from Ireland to Miami, writer switches from public transport to driving:

    I had been told the Metrorail “runs through South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami.” OK, let’s get this straight. It does not run through but rather skirts the periphery of the aforementioned places. Luckily, I’m a walker so I don’t mind hoofing a quarter of a mile in one hundred degree heat.

    I can’t imagine many Miamians doing such a thing. In fact, they don’t.

    Unfortunately, to get to public transport a car was involved, which kind of defeats the purpose. But, I would not be deterred. When I got to the station, the Metrorail was late. Metrorail “timetable” — ahem — work of fiction? I didn’t fare much better on the bus. The air-conditioning was broken. Let me tell you, that bus trip was long. Very long.

    The mobile-sauna wouldn’t have been so bad if words like “scary,” “societal underbelly” and “danger” didn’t keep floating around my mind. We’re talking Diane Arbus photo book stuff. An unnerving experience. Not to be repeated. Enough said.

  24. sandman

    June 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    The construction contractor has closed the street north of the station – probably for rail installation.

  25. langbro

    June 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    [SIZE=6][FONT=Droid-Serif][SIZE=23px]Metrorail to connect to MIA in July[/SIZE][/SIZE][/FONT]

    [SIZE=3][COLOR=#666666][SIZE=11px]South Florida Business Journal[/SIZE][/SIZE][/COLOR]

    [COLOR=#444444][SIZE=11px]Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 3:05pm EDT[/SIZE][/COLOR]

    Miami Dade Transit has announced that the Miami International Airport Metrorail station will

    open for rail service on July 28.


  26. sandman

    June 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Talked abt the grand opening of the MIA metrorail link w/ Miami-Dade transit director. June 20

  27. yellows2k

    June 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    [FONT=Arial]For Immediate Release:June 21, 2012 [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]Transit riders to get “sneak peek” of Orange Line service [/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]Miami-Dade Transit will be testing its Orange Line equipment June 26-27[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]For a period of 48 hours, between Tuesday, June 26, 2012 and Wednesday, June 27, Miami-Dade Transit will be testing equipment on the newly built Metrorail extension to its new station next to Miami International Airport.[/FONT]

    This is pre-service testing before MDT provides Orange Line service to the new Miami International Airport Metrorail station starting the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 2012.

    Once the new extension to MIA opens, Metrorail will have two Metrorail lines:

    • The Green Line: the existing Metrorail line serving 22 stations, from Palmetto Station to Dadeland South Station.
    • The Orange Line: the new Metrorail extension that serves 16 stations from Dadeland South to the new MIA Metrorail Station. (Please see diagram below)

    During the two days of testing, June 26th-27th, passengers will see four-car trains approaching their station. The trains will be labeled and announced as:

    • Green Line trains
    • Orange Line trains

    Northbound Orange Line trains will make stops at all stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations. Passengers boarding Orange Line trains during these two days of testing will need to transfer to a Green Line train at the Earlington Heights Station if they wish to continue traveling north. Transit supervisors will be at Earlington Heights station to assist passengers.
    Passengers are encouraged to listen carefully to the announcements made by the Train Operators and look closely at the front and side windows of the approaching train to know whether they are boarding a Green or Orange Line train.
    Because MDT will be using four-car trains, passengers are encouraged to listen to instructions from Transit personnel who will provide guidance as to where to wait for the trains.
    Orange Line trains also will have destination signs displaying ‘airport.’ However, this is part of the testing, and trains will not carry passengers to the new MIA Station until July 28th.
    Since there will now be two Metrorail lines (Orange and Green) running on the same track, patrons will enjoy more frequent service at stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights stations. For instance, during morning and afternoon rush hours, passengers will see Metrorail trains arriving at approximately every five minutes.
    For more information, call 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971. Transit users are also encouraged to visit

  28. yellows2k

    June 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Orange Line Testing POSTPONED

    Miami-Dade Transit will provide 24-hour advance notice of new date

    (MIAMI, June 25, 2012) – Through testing conducted over the weekend, Miami-Dade Transit found that a software modification is needed to operate the Metrorail extension to the new station next to Miami International Airport. Due to this, MDT is postponing the Orange Line, 4-car testing originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2012 and Wednesday, June 27.

    Once the new test date is determined, MDT will give the public a 24-hour notice before proceeding.

    The pre-service testing is done before MDT provides Orange Line service to the new Miami International Airport Metrorail station the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 2012.

  29. yellows2k

    June 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Now rescheduled:

    [FONT=Arial]Miami-Dade Transit will be testing its Orange Line equipment June 28-29[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial](MIAMI, June 27, 2012) – Miami-Dade Transit will be testing equipment on the newly built Metrorail extension to its new MIA Metrorail station between Thursday, June 28, 2012 and Friday, June 29.[/FONT]

  30. langbro

    July 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Word is that the tests were successful. The Metrorail Airportlink (orange line) remains on schedule to open July 28.

  31. yellows2k

    July 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Bond rating agency Fitch has upgraded the outlook for Miami-Dade transit:

  32. yellows2k

    July 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

    [FONT=Georgia][COLOR=#000099][SIZE=5]Rail spur may zip 1 million to Miami airport[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]
    By Lou Ortiz

    More than three years after breaking ground, the Miami-Dade Metrorail link to Miami International Airport is to start carrying passengers July 28, officials said.

    The new 2.4-mile track to the airport is expected to shuttle 800,000 to 1.2 million passengers a year to and from the airport along the county Metrorail system.

    Meanwhile, refurbishing of the 136-car Metrorail fleet, at a cost of $190 million, is underway and should be completed in 2019, according to report to the county commission by the People’s Transportation Trust. The current fleet has been in service more than 20 years.

    The refurbished rail cars are to be fitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment and high-tech materials, including a new diagnostic system that will allow train operators and maintenance personnel to locate and correct mechanical problems, according to county documents. For security, each rail car is to be fitted with a closed-circuit television system.

    The refurbished rail cars will also switch from direct current to alternating current, resulting in the use of less energy and requiring less maintenance, documents show. At least 56 of the rail cars will have new end noses, resembling European high-speed trains, and will be more aerodynamic.

    In addition to retrofitting the rail cars, the transportation trust is spending more than $15.9 million to upgrade the Metrorail control center.

  33. langbro

    July 6, 2012 at 4:34 am

    They are already changing the signage in the airport terminal to point them to the metrorail. There are also promotional banners throughout the terminal advertising the new service.

  34. Sean

    July 6, 2012 at 5:31 am

    All that work and they hired some third rate graphic designer who has no taste to do the signage.

  35. bigswinging

    July 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Historic Overtown and The U? :lol:

  36. langbro

    July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Miami Central Station is rising on schedule, and is expected to open next year.

    Estimates of passenger numbers at the station are between 3.36 million and 3.76 million per year, excluding buses:

    MIA Mover – 2.2 million
    Metrorail – 800k to 1.2 million
    Tri-Rail – 262,902
    Greyhound – 563,500
    Amtrak – 42,992

  37. langbro

    July 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Preparing for opening

  38. yellows2k

    July 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  39. langbro

    July 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    MDT held an event today to show reporters the new station.

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff on Wednesday helped celebrate Metrorail’s new Miami International Airport station, which will open Saturday.

    You can see Central Station construction on the east side of the metrorail station.

  40. yellows2k

    July 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations on finally getting this open.

    It is a magnificent station – the pictures really do not do it justice.

  41. Sean

    July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I hope they tighten up the train schedules. The station is beautiful, the tracks elegantly glide over the city, but when I took a ride on Saturday I did a hell of a lot of waiting.

  42. Sean

    July 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    And it was almost totally empty! But that was just the first day.

  43. sandman

    July 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Sean, post: 1597, member: 42 wrote: I hope they tighten up the train schedules. The station is beautiful, the tracks elegantly glide over the city, but when I took a ride on Saturday I did a hell of a lot of waiting.

    On the weekends it will run much less frequently. During weekdays there is a train at MIA every 10 minutes.

    What time were you there? The Miami Herald photo gallery makes it look pretty crowded at the station:

  44. sandman

    July 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The numbers: MDT is forecasting 9000 passengers per day. I assume that includes both arriving and departing.

    The MDT website shows 82 trains departing MIA on weekdays, and 82 arrivals.

    On weekends there are 38 departing+ 38 arriving.

    This equals 410 trains departing on 5 weekdays, and 76 on weekends. Totals is 486 departures per week from MIA.

    If MDT is assuming 4500 departing passengers per day (9000/2) *7 days per week = 31500 per week, divided by 486 = MDT is forecasting about 65 passengers per train.

    So, on average you should be seeing about 65 passengers boarding each train if the service is to meet forecasts.

  45. Sean

    July 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    If each train is six cars, that’s just over ten people per car.

  46. Sean

    July 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I was there in the early evening.

  47. yellows2k

    August 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  48. bigswinging

    August 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    June/July 2012 central station construction progress:

    Project is on time and within budget.

  49. yellows2k

    August 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Despite a few kinks, ridership was higher than expected for the opening week — about 2,400 passengers a day. System wide, the rail transports 60,500 passengers on average.

    Now that the Orange Line is complete, MDT looks forward to new projects. The priority is obvious: a rail to Miami Beach, the destination for most tourists. Plans are in motion for a MetroMover connection to Miami Beach, with endpoints in South Beach and the convention center, and a ballpark estimate of $540 million to more than $1 billion. Aside from garnering taxpayer support and funding, MDT faces the challenge of building on a fragile ecosystem and a rail extending over the bay.

    The next phases of expansion include rails along the 27th Avenue corridor and the Dolphin Expressway.

  50. sandman

    August 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Interesting video posted in the comment section of Curbed Miami showing what the neighborhood around Central Station will look like:“]

  51. mechanesthesia

    October 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    These pictures were also posted along with the Curbed Miami article:
    The neighborhood is called “Palmer Lake.”

  52. mechanesthesia

    October 3, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Also, remember this from a few years ago?“]

    Whatever happened to this, is this still planned?

  53. langbro

    October 3, 2012 at 1:26 am

    mechanesthesia, post: 2103, member: 38 wrote: Also, remember this from a few years ago?

    Whatever happened to this, is this still planned?

    Airport City:

    Last we heard it was killed by politics

  54. yellows2k

    October 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    construction update

  55. langbro

    November 30, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Early morning construction

  56. yellows2k

    December 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm


  57. langbro

    December 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Central Station is currently dealing with a design flaw.

    The station is not long enough for Amtrak trains – when they pull in to the station they will protrude into NW 25th Street.

    FDOT spokesman Rick Katz is quoted in Miami Today as saying that they might be forced to close part of the street.

    Otherwise the project remains within budget and on schedule to open in November or December 2013.

  58. yellows2k

    January 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    At new Miami train station, too-short platform to require costly fixes

    State engineers are blaming Amtrak for a snafu that will require a costly fix at Miami Central Station, the big new passenger-train hub under construction near Miami International Airport.


    Months after construction began on the new train station at Miami International Airport’s transportation hub, state engineers realized they had a problem: The planned station platform was too short for some of the Amtrak trains that will use it. About 200 feet too short, in fact.

    That meant some trains parked at the $88 million Miami Central Station would jut inconveniently out into the middle of Northwest 25th Street, one of just two direct connections for motorists between Northwest South River Drive and LeJeune Road east of the airport.

  59. langbro

    February 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm


  60. langbro

    May 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Construction update:

  61. Sean

    May 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Are these pictures from the project’s website or did you take them?

  62. langbro

    May 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Sean, post: 4143, member: 42 wrote: Are these pictures from the project’s website or did you take them?

    They are from the project website.

  63. langbro

    May 24, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    FDOT has narrowed options to rectify the Amtrak mistake.

    Cost will range between $6 million and $55 million and could delay the project opening 6-12 months depending on option chosen.

  64. langbro

    June 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Construction progress via the MICDOT website:

  65. miami1

    June 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The building in the last picture will probably have to be demolished if FDOT chooses to lengthen the tracks south to fix the Amtrak mistake. It is the least costly option at $6 Million.

  66. miami1

    June 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    miami1, post: 4324, member: 20 wrote: The building in the last picture will probably have to be demolished if FDOT chooses to lengthen the tracks south to fix the Amtrak mistake. It is the least costly option at $6 Million.

    It looks like they are going for a different option, tunnel? The platform that extends over NW 25th St is being demolished. I will try to take pictures today…

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