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sandman
sandman

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.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/28/2613759/metrorail-line-to-the-airport.html#storylink=cpy

yellows2k
yellows2k

That would be ridiculous. What are they thinking?

langbro
langbro

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.

http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2012/120251.pdf

sandman
sandman

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

langbro
langbro

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.

yellows2k
yellows2k
… 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… Read more »
langbro
langbro

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:
http://www.local10.com/news/Gas-prices-in-South-Florida/-/1717324/8810836/-/10lna24/-/index.html

sandman
sandman

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

bigswinging
bigswinging

metrorail cars at miami airport station

sandman
sandman

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.

sandman
sandman

Latest construction photos of Miami Central Station: http://www.micdot.com/Project_Photos/2012/February.pdf

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

Afi K. James
Afi K. James

Miami Central Station is on the move.

langbro
langbro

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.

sandman
sandman

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.

bigswinging
bigswinging

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.

http://www.local10.com/news/New-Metrorail-service-to-MIA/-/1717324/12257804/-/yvcn5tz/-/

sandman
sandman

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.

langbro
langbro

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.

sandman
sandman

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:
http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/miami-international-airport-station.asp

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.

Sean
Sean

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.

sandman
sandman

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: http://miami-airport.com/bus_and_rail_info.asp

However, there has not been any official announcement yet.

Sean
Sean

Thanks for the welcome.

langbro
langbro

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

and on curbed: http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2012/05/25/mia-metrorail-extension-most-likely-opening-july-22nd.php

yellows2k
yellows2k

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.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/01/2828225/beep-beep-miami-wheres-the-road.html

sandman
sandman

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

langbro
langbro

[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.

[COLOR=#444444]http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2012/06/14/metrorail-to-connect-to-mia-in-july.html[/COLOR]

sandman
sandman

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

yellows2k
yellows2k
[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… Read more »
yellows2k
yellows2k

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.

yellows2k
yellows2k

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]

http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/releases/12-06-27-orange-line-testing.asp

langbro
langbro

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

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